The modern traveller, hiker or person about town can still carry or ship the right bag or luggage; a British-made bag, rucksack, suitcase or trunk. In no particular order, here are some great British made bags, handbags, rucksacks, backpacks, suitcases, wallets, pouches and trunks.
British Made Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Shooting Sticks. Umbrellas made in the UK.
An umbrella (or brolly) is used to keep off the rain or the sun. A parasol more often than not is a term used for an umbrella designed to shade people from the sun and unlike a rain umbrella may not be waterproof. Umbrellas are widely used in the UK, Japan and elsewhere. You can get full sized umbrellas, folding umbrellas, travel umbrellas and the larger golf umbrellas, plus work umbrellas and garden umbrellas.
It is generally recognised that London has been the home of the best umbrellas and walking sticks and to some extent that tradition is carried on today, although the majority of umbrellas sold in the UK are made in China nowadays.
It is sadly the case that to the best of my knowledge there are no umbrellas made entirely in the UK any longer. There are companies like those below claiming to sell “Made in the UK” umbrellas, but actually all the umbrella frames (the key component of any umbrella) are manufactured in China. One might take the view simply attaching a canopy or handle (neither of which are of UK origin in some cases) in the UK does not make it genuinely “Made in the UK”.
You might consider getting a vintage British umbrella from somewhere like eBay, a charity shop, an antiques shop or a car boot sale but these are often in need of rather lot of work before they might be presentable. There is a buoyant and sometimes expensive market in secondhand English umbrellas on eBay.
The following are the UK manufacturers and retailers of British made umbrellas that I know of:
Are you glasses, contact lenses or sunglasses made in Great Britain?
I was at the opticians in June (in 2013) and I realised that it was not clear where most of the spectacle frames and lenses on offer were made. Most High Street opticians need to be more knowledgeable and more open about the origin of the products they sell. I thought I would do a bit of research so we can all buy British made glasses and British made sunglasses. This is what I have found so far. Are there any more glasses or contact lenses that are made in the UK?
Algha Group Ltd. (Savile Row Eyewear) – Wiseman’s – made in London – http://www.algha.com – metal frames – fabulous round (as in John Lennon’s glasses), panto, half-eye, oval, clip-on, rimless, aviator, etc. frames – available (with lenses) from stockists listed on their website – Frame prices from around £300. On their website they say “All of our frames are handmade in London”. Savile Row were founded in 1898 and are now part of the Inspecs group.
See this BBC article about Algha – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22766785 – the other manufactures I list here might dispute the claim in this video that they are the only frame maker in the UK!
Roger Pope and Partners – Independent Optician in London – Holders of a Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen – Perhaps surprisingly Savile Row frames are the only UK made frames they stock. At Roger Pope you can though have bespoke spectacles made for you by two individual frame designers based in the UK. I know nothing more about their bespoke made frames than that. One UK lens manufacturer, Norville, is included in the lenses they use; the rest being foreign. The majority of their spectacle accessories are made in Germany or Italy. Eye tests. Possibly they do not do contact lenses. Open Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.30.
https://www.coronationfestival.com/the-event/exhibitor-news/119-new-bespoke-eyewear-launch-from-roger-pope-partners – Diamond encrusted specs by Roger Pope!
According to the internet (and I know nothing more about it) pq Eyewear are launching a range of 3D printed spectacles and sunglasses called “Springs” and they are described as being made in the UK – http://www.dezeen.com/2013/04/10/springs-3d-printed-glasses-by-ron-arad-for-pq/ – http://pq-eyewear.com. Their first ‘D’ frame collection was launched in March 2015 and is both sunglasses and optical glasses. No mention is made of country of origin on their website, but some of the pictures appear to show the words “Made in England” written on one arm of the spectacles, so if you are interested it would be worth asking where these glasses are made. No mention on their website of how to buy these glasses or how much they cost – http://pqeyewear.com
Haycyon manufacture British made motorcycle goggles in Hertfordshire, England – http://halcyonclassic.store.buegle.com/index.php/2/ – Haycyon also make motorcycle mirrors and classic car mirrors. Manufactured in the UK and based on the original RAF flying goggle of the 1940’s Halcyon Goggles are a popular choice for use with all styles of open face helmets. Leather or PVC. Wholesale or via their website. Prescription lenses can be accommodated with the Halcyon lens frame by your optician (+6 to -6 lenses) or Halcyon goggles can worn over prescription glasses. Possibly you could wear Haycyon goggles for skiing / snowboarding over your prescription glasses? Or I wonder if the likes of Premier Optical or Opera Opera could make you glasses / sunglasses suitable for skiing or other sports?
I found Haycycon goggles on the Davida Helmets website. Davida helmets – stylish handmade open face helmets made in England. Davida are now the sole UK manufacturers of open face motorcycle helmets – http://www.davida.co.uk
Despite their protestations about being a British brand, I note that William Morris spectacles are in fact made abroad. Likewise, Cutler and Gross glasses are made in Italy.
There are many other ‘English’ brands also being sold using PR and hype to unsuspecting Brits, Europeans, Japanese and the Americans giving the impression that the product has been made in England. Frames now tend to be produced in China mostly and possibly in Europe.
Specsavers – frames and lenses supplied from Italy, France, China and Korea.
Dollond & Aitchison / Boots – lenses are possibly supplied by BBGR and possibly still made in the UK at a former D&A manufacturing operation or perhaps they are made in France. BBGR are a French company who bought the Dolland and Aitchison manufacturing operations in 2001. Dolland and Aitchison were subsumed into Boots Opticians in 2009. Boots Opticians is controlled by Alliance Boots, which holds a 58% share, while Italian company De Rigo holds a 42% share. Boots UK Limited (Boots the Chemist) is now American owned and part of what is now know as Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Boots frames are generally made abroad but some frames Boots claim are made in the UK – you should ask them for British made frames but I think they will be hard if not impossible to find.
Optical Express – didn’t respond to my enquiry about where their products were made but I understand their frames and lenses are made abroad.
Vision Express – frames and lenses are made abroad.
So basically the big High Street opticians only sell 100% imported frames (and possibly lenses too). There might be some very English names marked on inside of the temples but you will not find made in England glasses at these big retailers.
I asked some online opticians about where the frames and lenses they sell are made. GlassesUK.com suspect their fames are made abroad (and I suggest they are correct about this), although their lenses are apparently made by a firm in the Midlands; glassesdirect.co.uk (French optical group Essilor) believe some of their frames are made in the UK (I am not convinced this is the case and I have been told they are all made in Asia) but most are made abroad and again their lenses are apparently made in the UK; lensWay.co.uk (Vision Direct) appeared not to understand the question and we can assume all their frames and lenses are made abroad. Cubitts have all their frames made abroad, although they do use British made lenses. Well Dressed Dad explains what he considers the advantages of buying spectacles online (principally cheapness and avoiding the dominance of the Italian companies Luxottica and SafIilo who make most of the world’s “designer” frames).
The big eyewear manufacturing and retail companies, who make and sell the big designer name brands, the Italian companies Luxottica, SafIilo and Marcolin do not manufacture in the UK. There is some information about their brands (Armani, Oakley, Rayban, Paul Smith, Chanal, Gucci, etc.) here and here.
Opera Opera are a British company (established in 1978). They manufacture off-the-peg and bespoke custom handmade prescription glasses, spectacle frames and sunglasses in-house at their own English eye glasses frame making factory – using the brand name of Harpers. They make plastic frames only. They are able to make a one off copy of any vintage plastic frame. Supplier to theatre, television and film production companies. Made in England. As well as their own manufactured eyewear Opera Opera also stock European made spectacle frames and sunglasses, so check what you are buying is made in the UK. Opera Opera also stock Saville Row Eyewear. At 98 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9NR. Telephone 020 7836 9246. No internet sales. Eye tests. Not contact lenses. Near Covent Garden tube, open Monday to Saturday 10.00-18.00. Frame prices start at around £180 (sunglasses start at £205) and the average price of frames is £275 (plus lenses). Custom frames start at £425 (plus lenses). I note their retail business is up for sale which is a shame and asking for problems as they will potentially lose their only guaranteed outlet in the future. They moved at the start of 2016. After 33 years in Covent Garden, Opera Opera are now at 20 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DZ (on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Percy Street; near Russell Square Tube station and Goodge Street Tube station) and operate a by appointment only system – http://www.operaopera.net
TEYES (pronounced “Ties”) magnetically connected eyewear “have been designed in London and Made in England” by a company called Magneteyes UK Ltd. Lenses can be replaced, they have extendable arms for a comfortable fit, they weigh 11g (without lenses), a headband to keep the glasses around the neck when not in use, they are screwless and magnetically fasten across the bridge of the nose. They come as off-the-shelf reading glasses with lenses included or frame only or with single vision prescription lenses for reading or distance lenses (with anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings for extra). Prices seem very reasonable (as of 3/6/16) with reading glasses for £35 and prescription glasses for £50-£65. Colours are black, red, blue, white and clear. They also do sunglasses at £40 and replacement lenses for £18 for readers and £25 for prescription lenses. Free UK shipping. One size. Available from their website – http://www.magneteyesuk.co.uk
Walter and Herbert are a company that is new to me. They are one of my twitter followers. Their twitter tagline is “Beautiful eyewear designed, manufactured and tested in England.” It appears the company was founded in 1946 as the Optoplast Manufacturing Company Limited and was once “the largest producer of spectacle frame sides in England”. Of production today they say on their website that their frames are “Skilfully crafted in our factory in England”. This implies they still have their own factory, but no information is given about a current UK factory although they do mention new machines arriving at a factory in Liverpool during 2014 on their timeline. They sell mostly acetate frames made from foreign sourced acetate, suitable for prescription glasses and sunglasses. I can find no indication on their website that they can provide lenses and their is no indication of price on their website. They have a shop in London near Covent Garden and their frames may be available elsewhere. At some point I will try to visit their London shop to find out more about this company – http://www.walterandherbert.com
Edward Gucewicz – http://www.gucewicz.com/about/ – glasses frames made from horn and bone in the UK. Sunglasses or they can fit prescription lenses. Prices range from £600 to £1200.
Banton Frames (Banton Frame Works) eyewear is made in Britain, in Scotland. Their frames are made from wood, aluminium, and acetate This expanding companies website was launched sometime around 2014/15 and they are currently running a kickstarter campaign. Sunglasses and I assume frames into which you could get an optician to add lenses. They don’t seem to have prescription lenses fitting service – http://www.bantonframeworks.co.uk
Moat House Eyewear frames are made in England, made from wood. Stockists are listed on their website or you can purchase online via their website. All processes, including glazing, are done in-house – http://www.moat-house.com
Premiere Optical – Make handmade spectacles, and sunglasses, and do spectacle repairs, and they are able to make a one off copy of any vintage plastic frame – made in the UK – retail or trade – basically at Premiere Optical you can have any style, any frame, any size, any colour & any lens that you want, including metal and rimless frames, but they very much specialise in plastic frames – available at selected opticians and online at the Premier Optical website – http://www.premiere-optical.co.uk – frames and lenses – Custom made or choose from one of their existing designs – Premiere Optical also make classic and / or modern glasses for the theatre, TV & film industry. Hand-made, bespoke glasses made in the UK in any style, frame, design, colour, size & lens. Their brand name is JB Handmades. Their range is split into “maids” (for women), “blades” (for men), “shades” (sunglasses) and “tailor mades” (custom made), as well as Michael Cain, Johnny Depp and Retro styles. Prices for frames starting from around £100. I would highly recommend Premiere Optical for excellent service and quality glasses – http://www.premiere-optical.co.uk
http://www.specrepairs.com – for spectacle repairs. Also spectacle re-glazing.
Mills & Meyer bespoke have been producing bespoke, handmade glasses since 2015. They have a large collection of their own designs that customers can buy ‘off the peg’ or they can customise them to fit perfectly and even design totally bespoke frames for customers on a one to one basis. They are unique in that they 3D scan their bespoke eyewear customers building a virtual model of their head on a computer on which they design a pair of glasses to fit perfectly. Once happy with the design, they 3D print a full size prototype so that the customer can try them and they can check for fit and style. Finally they hand make the frame. They specialise in handmade buffalo horn glasses but they can use any material from acetate to wood or even something more unusual. They are shortly going to be launching their e-commerce site so people will be able to purchase online. These are exclusive products, handmade in England. They use Italian acetates and naturally sourced Buffalo horn. Their website mentions visiting their shop which I assume is in Westerham in Kent. They do not mention fitting prescription lenses on their website – https://www.millsmeyer.com
LARKE Optics glasses frames are made in England (from Italian acetate). They will provide lenses but they do not say where they are made. Stockists are listed on their website or you can visit their London showroom. Off-the-shelf or bespoke – http://larkeoptics.com
Tender Sunglasses are a new line from Tender and are hand made in England. Available online only from The Trestle Shop, but they may become available in stores. Non-precsription dark lenses, but an optician could probably insert prescription lenses. I am not sure who makes these for Tender. Priced £445. I discovered these on The Tweed Pig. I think Tender produce low volumes and and therefore have limited availability.
Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses are made in Italy, Japan, Germany and England. Stockists are listed on their website. I’m not sure how you tell which ones are made in England, except perhaps by asking, and I think it is just their bespoke and custom sized frames that are made in England. I am not sure who makes their UK made bespoke frames for them. Presumably one could have prescription lenses fitted in their sunglasses if required.
Fan Optics – I came across this company on the internet and don’t know much about them, but they appear to manufacture plastic glasses frames and sunglasses for men and women in the UK (using Italian acetate). They do not offer a pescription lens fitting service for their frames, but stockists are listed on their website. Interestingly they say they are “designed in Amsterdam and handmade in England” – http://fanoptics.bigcartel.com
The only UK stockist of Fan Optics is Mcclintock Eyewear, an opticians who have a shop in Covent Garden in London. Fan Optics is not mentioned on the Mcclintok website though and this opticians do not stock any other British made brands. C.W. Dixey & Son frames, which they do stock, are made in France, as are YMC v Mc Ginn frames and Kirk Originals are made in France or Italy (in 2018 Kirk Originals have launched a small collection of made in England sunglasses too). Paul Smith frames are made in Italy or Japan. It has been suggested to me that Brian (Bonafide) McGinn glasses are made in the UK, but actually they seem to be made in France according to McClintock Eyewear – http://www.mcclintock-eyewear.co.uk
Kirk Originals prescription glasses and sunglasses are mostly made in France or Italy but in 2018 Kirk Originals have launched a small collection of made in England sunglasses too – https://kirkoriginals.com
Established in 1777, C.W. Dixey & Son of London claim to be the oldest independent eyewear company in the world and distinguished clients have included various Royalty, Sir Winston Churchill and James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, but sadly their frames (and lenses?) are made in France according to their website. However, their Facebook page claims their glasses are made in England and France, so it might be worth asking them for made in England glasses. I did ask them; all their frames are made in France, although they can offer bespoke glasses that would be made in England. I note C.W. Dixey no longer have physical premises, but retail online and though other opticians. http://www.cwdixeyandson.com
E B Meyrowitz in the Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street, London show a pair of made in England glasses on the front page of their website (picture below). Off the shelf or bespoke, most frames are acetate although water buffalo horn and shell are also available. The three E B Meyrowitz practices in London, Paris and New York are independent of each other. There is an interesting article about E B Meyrowitz dated April 2011 on the Gentleman’s Gazette site. Frames are made in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Morocco, India and possibly even England. Try asking for English made frames and lenses; as they show English made frames on their website’s homepage they might have some – http://ebmeyrowitz.co.uk
The Eye Company in Soho, London only stock foreign made off-the-shelf fames, mostly from Japan, Italy and France. However, they also offer a bespoke service and it says on their website that they have their own “master frame-maker’ and can make frames to a customer’s chosen design or replica frames. Having checked with them, their bespoke acetate frames are made for them by a frame maker in Norfolk, England – http://www.eye-company.co.uk
Anglo American Eyewear apparently closed their UK factory down years ago and now make their frames in China. However, according to their website they do still have a facility in London that can hand make a copy of an existing frame for customers (although strangely this service is only advertised on the Anglo American US (.com) site and is not advertised on the Anglo American UK (co.uk) site). Anglo American Eyewear spectacle frames do have the word “England” on the arm, but that does not mean they are made in England! They did not repond to my enquiry about country of origin. Anglo American Optical Company LTD was founded in London in 1882.
David Cox Bespoke Eyewear offers an exclusive bespoke frame making service to opticians. All frames are produced by hand and made to order. David Cox can make frames to a customer’s chosen size or replica frames. He has worked for many of the London opticians mentioned in this article. If you are an optician I can put you in touch with David Cox.
British spectacles manufacturers Cambridge Optical and Paul Green Eyewear have long ceased as manufacturing enterprises and appear to have closed down now.
Sunwise sports sunglasses list some of their sunglasses as being ‘made in Great Britain’ on their website. My understanding (from comments on a British Family article) is that they are assembled in Great Britain, but the parts made overseas. As James at British Family says “it is a fine line between assembly and manufacture” but it seems in this case that these sunglasses are not actually ‘made’ in Great Britain, so I feel the Sunwise website is a bit misleading – http://shop.sunwise.co.uk
You could also consider vintage eyewear. I got a couple of old English made frames at the Sunday UpMarket in London at a very reasonable price. Except perhaps with sunglasses, you will of course have to pay to have them re-glazed, and if you are buying online you might not actually like them when you wear them for real. You might try http://lunetteslondon.com (they have a stall at Brick Lane vintage market and some other stockists, so you can try them on or you can buy online; country of origin is not given online so you would need to ask) for example or online only http://www.deadmensspex.com (re-conditioned frames; country of origin is not given so you would need to ask; they also sell on eBay) or Roope Vintage (who sell some unused vintage glasses & sunglasses, as well as modern foreign made reproductions; they can also arrange to fit frames with prescription lenses; unfortunately they don’t give country of origin information so you would have to ask). Retro Spectacle specialise in the sale of vintage spectacles – if known they will specify the country of origin. Many of the frames they have were made in Britain. As they are also opticians we can provide any prescription lenses. Online only as far as I can tell. Retro Spectacle also attend vintage fairs and events giving people the opportunity to try on frames and allowing them to dispense more complex prescriptions .
Occles make blackout sunglasses in the UK. Blackout sunglasses basically block the sun completely while sunbathing while allowing you to tan without the usual white lines traditional sunnies might make. Additionally they can aid relaxation by allowing you to effectively block out light and get some much-needed rest, for example if you are travelling or after working a nightshift. At £22 a pair (+£3 postage) they are a bargain. Occles went into production at the start of 2015 and are available in white, carbon or aqua – http://www.occles.co
Polaroid Eyewear is now part of the Italian Safilo Group. They have manufacturing plants in Italy (x 3), Slovenia, Scotland, the United States and China, and production is also outsourced to third-party manufacturers in Asia, Italy, and the U.S. ‘PLR Ecommerce, LLC’ own what is now a separate company who appear to be making Polaroid cameras again. My understanding is that Polaroid was an American company previously. Polaroid cameras used to be made in Scotland but not any more. Some Polaroid lenses are still made in Scotland, whereas their frames are all foreign made. Presumably Polaroid lenses are available in opticians, but no mention is made of this on the Polaroid website; it just sells various sunglasses and no country of origin information is given. I guess some of the sunglasses on the site might be fitted with lenses made in Scotland, but there is no way to tell from their website. There’s an interesting history of the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate in Dumbarton and Polaroid here.
Norville spectacle lenses are (all?) made in the UK. They have manufacturing facilities in Gloucester, Bolton , Edinburgh, Harrogate, and Seaham. They also sell foreign made frames and so on – http://www.norville.co.uk
Scotlens contact lenses are made in the UK. Manufacturers of ‘Nocturnal’ lenses, ‘K-Contour’ contact lenses and ‘One-8’ lenses. Presumably available at some opticians.
Daysoft contact lenses are made in the UK and are very reasonably priced. Available online – http://www.daysoftcontactlenses.com. They also sell glasses on their website but these are foreign made. However, the lenses for their glasses are glazed to the required prescription at a UK laboratory, which is located just a few miles from the Daysoft contact lens laboratory in Blantyre. The glasses frame and lenses are then assembled in the same lab before being despatched. http://www.ronhamilton.co.uk – the blog of the Chairman of Daysoft.
Does anyone know of any other glasses, glasses lenses, or contact lenses that are made in the UK?
For glasses cleaning cloths why not use SELVYT cloths which are made in England. For well over 100 years SELVYT has been the world’s leading brand in quality polishing cloths for the jewellery, watchmaking and silversmiths trade. Also cloths for glasses cleaning, plasma screen cleaning, cleaning guns, cleaning cars, cleaning brass or wooden instruments, household cleaning, etc. Manufactured in the U.K. SELVYT is a division of Edmund Bell Ltd a British textile company established in the 19th century, who supply curtain lining and blackouts.
There is also Town Talk Polishing Co. Ltd. – 98% of their products are produced at their factory in Bolton, Lancashire. They source the sonic unit machine and the microfibre cloth from overseas although these are finished and packed in the UK which is something. All the Town Talk polishes, silver and gold polishing cloths, jewellery cleaners and household cleaning products are 100% made in England. Check the packing when thinking about buying for the words made in England.
TouchscreenKleen by Screen-Kleen Ltd is made in the UK and is a solution and cloth for cleaning touch screens. I am not sure if the whole product, including the microfibre cloth, is made in the UK – http://www.screen-kleen.com
Ally Capellino sell a small selection of British made small leather goods (glasses cases, glasses chain, key fobs, wallets and suchlike) and British made umbrellas. They do not say where the leather for these items are sourced and their other items are foreign made. To find these items I searched the word “British” on their website. They also use British waxed cotton in some products, although the products themselves are foreign made – http://www.allycapellino.co.uk
Notonthehighstreet have a number of British made soft spectacle cases (note not all their glasses cases are British made).
Small Castle make some leather glasses cases. Made in England.
Raw Leather make some leather glasses cases. Made in England.
Does anyone know of any other UK made spectacle accessories – glasses cases, eyewear holders, etc? I wonder where the free case you get with a new pair of glasses is made? – they don’t label this on the cases you get and I suspect the answer is China.
Here is a blog all about specs. – http://www.spectaclesblog.com
Looking after your glasses. I saw a variation of the following care and cleaning tips for glasses on a leaflet from Specsavers Opticians:
- Clean the lenses with an appropriate cleaning spray and micro-fibre cloth
- Avoid putting your glasses face down on any surface
- Use both hands to remove your glasses to prevent undue stress on the side of the frame
- Keep your glasses in the case provided whenever you are not wearing them. This will further reduce the possibility of scratching, protect against breakage and will help maintain a comfortable fit
- Avoid leaving your glasses in extreme temperatures.
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D.R. Harris and Co. opened in 1790 and is London’s oldest pharmacy, specialising in shaving products, aftershaves and colognes, and skincare items for men and women. Alongside this impressive range there is also a fully functioning pharmacy for which they hold the Royal Warrants to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. Their shop has many original old items of furniture and it is simply a pleasure to shop here. The vast majority of their own brand products are made and packed in England. They state on their website that “the majority of our products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in our own premises in London.”
Located at 29 St James’s Street, London. Also available in the D.R. Harris online shop.
Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.
Patey Hats – http://www.pateyhats.com – Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website. They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask. I hope to visit their store sometime.
Hand and Lock – http://www.handembroidery.com – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK.
Founded in 1783 Royal Warrant holders A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. manufacture a wide range of wool and textile products for both home and international markets. Best known for manufacturing the scarlet cloth from which the Queen’s guards uniform is made, Hainsworth manufacturers – protective fabric for fire services and military personnel; snooker and pool cloth; woollen coffins; car headlining cloth for the likes of Jaguar, Austin and Bentley; blankets; Newmarket horse blankets; interior fabrics; curtain fabric; military uniform cloth; ceremonial uniform dress cloth; tribal blankets; textiles for the theatre and cinema industries; specialised industrial cloth such as biscuit cloth, a woollen baize used for conveying biscuits; academic scarf cloth; blazer fabric; fabric for clothes making; fabric for making into re-enactment clothing; uniform caps; hats and badges; hot air balloon fabric; table coverings; floor coverings, hotel blankets; laundry textile products; piano baize for companies like Steinway and Renner; gaming and card table cloth; cabinet linings; etc. As far I can tell all their fabrics are made at their mill in West Yorkshire. Trade but they also have a retail site selling finished products. Hainsworth also manufactures the historic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket, which has iconic status in Canada. I am not sure how much Hainsworth use British wool.
Hainsworth is one of the few companies still making blankets in the UK.
Hainsworth also make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England.
Hainsworth’s retail site is Scarlet and Argent – http://www.scarletandargent.co.uk
Each Scarlet and Argent piece is created exclusively and entirely in their specialist Yorkshire mill. Woollen blankets, throws and accessories (cushions, teddy bears and hot water bottle covers) made in England.
What’s the link between one of the oldest textile mills in the UK and the Royal baby? – See more at: http://makeitbritish.co.uk/gifts/what-is-the-connection-between-one-of-the-oldest-textile-mills-in-the-uk-and-the-soon-to-arrive-royal-baby/#sthash.TvXYBwfy.dpuf
John Lewis blankets
Some John Lewis blankets are made in Britain. John Lewis is one of the few retailers still selling British made blankets. John Lewis UK made blankets are excellent quality and reasonably priced.
Turnbull and Asser is a shirtmaker and clothier and Royal Warrant holder established in 1885, with a beautiful flagship store on Jermyn Street in London. Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed, younger brother of Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods. They have their own factory in Gloucester, as well as using other manufacturers. An exclusive traditional outfitters, selling off-the-peg and custom made shirts, knitwear, braces, boxer shorts, scarves, pyjamas, socks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, bow ties and ties; with the majority of items made in Britain. Note that not all their items are made in the UK, but country of origin is given on their website. Turnbull and Asser remains, quite simply, one of the best shops in London and online.
British made stationery.
Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.
You and your company or organisation or club or school or university can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British at home, at work and for school.
A good starting point is to buy only British made stationery (pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, scissors, paper, files, etc.). Don’t order stationery unless you know where it is made. Refuse to buy cheap foreign made stationery. Buy British stationery for your workplace and home and it will last longer and so save you or your company money long term. Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery. Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case.Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery. Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case. We all know those cheap Chinese made staplers don’t last 5 minutes, whereas the old made in England stapler that has been floating around your office since who knows when is still going strong! My old made in England Rexel stapler is superb quality; modern Chinese made Rexel staplers are very poor quality and do not last very long at all before they are broken.
Buying British made pet products (including British made pet food), especially from small local companies, supports British jobs, saves on transport (so it’s much better for the environment), and offers quality and flexibility. Plus the money circulates more quickly, supporting UK manufacturing and employment. Additionally the use of sweatshops and child labour in the UK is very unlikely.
In no particular order, here are some great manufacturers and suppliers of UK made pet related products:
Dober & Dasch is the relaunched dog collars brand of Mrs Bow Tie, part of the British manufacturer Threadster Group. Dober & Dasch sell dog collars, leads, harnesses, beds, coats, dog bow ties, dog bandanas, fabric dog toys, and dog themed cushions; all made in the UK. They say on their website “Dober & Dasch (pronounced Doh-ber and Dash) is a premium pet brand that is not only based in Britain, but makes everything here too” – https://www.doberanddasch.com
Avondale Textiles Limited of Morecambe, founded in 1983, trading as Avondale Pet Luxury have a little tagline at the bottom of their website saying “Avondale Textiles – Luxury dog and pet beds, mats & quilts | made in England.” They make car and dog beds and home furnishings such as draught excluders, cushions, pet beds, and pet cushions – https://www.petluxury.co.uk
Edge Beanbags (Muscava Limited trading as Edge Beanbags), beanbags, dog beds and Techbed mini beanbag technology stands, are made in the UK – you should check before buying as it is not clear from their website if some or possibly all of their products are made in Britain. On their Facebook of their Techbeds it says “Produced in Wokingham, Berkshire” and their German made van pictured on twitter has the “Made in Britain” logo on the livery. On their website they say “From the Techbed Mini right up to the large Home Cinema beanbags, we source all of our materials here in the UK and put each and every piece together ourselves” – https://www.edgebeanbags.co.uk
HiK9 (aka The Original (KLM) Ltd) make raised dog beds and associated accessories. They do not provide any information about country of origin on their website but I am aware that at least some of their sewn products (cushions) are made for them by Vgtec Limited and these are probably made in Blackburn. I don’t know where the frames and mesh and canvas used by HiK9 are made. Ask before buying please – https://www.hik9.com
“All our Animology cat, dog and horse serums, shampoos, sprays and wipes are made right here in the UK” it says on the Animology website. They also sell dog collars, leads and harnesses and dog beds but no country of origin information is given for these products so I assume they will be foreign made; check before buying – https://www.animology.co.uk/
Mark + Chappell provide pet healthcare solutions, without the need for veterinarian intervention. Since 2013 owned by USA company True Science, they have a factory in Slovenia where I assume most of their products are made. However pleasingly their VetIQ Defurr-UM Hairball Remedy is still made for them in the UK.
Epiony sell a heat pad for animal and human use which made in Britain. They say on their website “We are supporting the British manufacturing industry and have had The Heat Pad made in Britain.” The sewn parts are sewn by Vgtec in Blackburn. The product itself has the words “Made in Britain” on the label. I don’t know who makes the the electrical parts or from where the raw materials are sourced. Epiony also sell a message mitt for horses but no country of origin information is given for this product and I assume it is foreign made – https://www.epiony.com/the-heat-pad.html
Hettie bags, accessories and pet products – tote bags, cross body bags, handbags, technology cases, and cosmetic cases in dot and square designs, some with with detachable flowers, made of wool made by Moon – are British made. Their sewing is done by Vgtec. They say on their website ” Our mission is to make fresh, elegant and simple accessories here in Britain that you’ll want to keep forever. We are proud to be British made”. They also say “A collection offering quality British made accessories inspired by classic traditional fabrics. We are family run and involved in our product from design to finish. At Hettie, we have chosen to make our products here in Britain from British woven wool. They are not mass produced or outsourced, but made by craftsmen and women with old fashioned attention to detail. We are proud to support British manufacturing and the British workforce.” They make dog coats, dog harnesses, dog collars and dog leads too. The company were newly formed in late 2015. Products are available from their website – http://www.hettie.co.uk
Berkeley Dog Beds have their Waterproof Orthopaedic Dog Beds, Raised Dog Beds, Wooden Dog Beds, Travel Dog Bed, Sheepskin Throws, Vet Bedding, Dirt Trapper Mats and so on all made in the UK. Berkeley Dog Beds products are basically all British made. The only product that they are not certain is British-made is their Dog Hair Removal Brush which they source from a UK wholesaler. I am grateful to Berkeley Dog Beds for providing me with this information (in July 2018). The front page of their website says “Made in Britain” and has a little Union Flag logo and they say “all Berkeley dog beds are hand-made exclusively in the UK”. They also tell us on their website that “we only make British-made dog beds and bedding that we would be happy to buy and use for our own dogs” and “all our British-made dog beds are sourced from a small network of craftsmen and suppliers that share our views”. Berkeley Dog Beds is based near the village of Wherwell by the River Test in Hampshire – http://www.berkeleydogbeds.co.uk
Pet Mate, established in 1986, is an importer of products for pets and ponds. Their website mentions “…careful UK controlled manufacture” and at least some of their products, such as the automatic cat feeder pictured below, used to be UK made. However, unfortunately they no longer manufacture in the UK.
Broiler Equipment Company (BEC) are game rearing bird & poultry supplies owned by Osprey Limited and “with the emphasis on manufacturing in-house, many of these game rearing products are designed and produced in Osprey’s own factories here in the UK”. UK made products, such as their 25kg King Feeder Outdoor, are labeled as such on their website. Osprey has three manufacturing plants in the UK and also has products made in the Far East. Osprey products made in the UK, such as their tie wraps, are labelled as such on their website – http://www.bec.uk.com – http://www.osprey-plastics.co.uk
Classic drinking bottles are made in England by Caldex Ltd. They having been making these top quality animal drinking bottles in the UK since 1975. Their drinking bottles are suitable for small animals and I suggest also cats and dogs in their carriers (for example when transporting a cat by aeroplane). Their website is trade only but their products are available in good pet shops and in various online shops. They also sell other pet related products but, as no country of origin is given for any of these, I assume their other products are all foreign made – http://www.caldex.com
An online shop I found called Great & Small has a few British made products, such as dog and cat beds, hay for small animals which is farmed in the UK (not sure if it is packed in the UK or not), some British made pet bird food, and some guinea pig food. Most of the products on this website are foreign made though – http://greatandsmall.co.uk
“Established in 1985, The Hutch Company is the UK’s leading manufacturer of timber animal housing, serving the Pet & Garden retail trades, wholesale stockist’s and export markets.” Wooden rabbit hutches, rabbit runs, dog kennels, hen houses, chicken coops, aviaries, bird tables, etc “Made in the UK” as it says on their website. Stockists are listed on their website and their products can be found online for example on eBay – http://www.hutchcompany.co.uk
Another online shop I have found, called Clippersharp, also has a few British made products, such as metal tick and flea comb, a plastic tick and flea comb, a protective horse riding vest, hoof dressing by Carr, Day and Martin (see below), stocks for dressage and the like, a Stubbs England stable tidy (see below), and a Moorland Rider horse riding fly swish (see below). The majority of products on this site are foreign made – http://www.clippersharp.com
Stubbs England (WB Stubbs (Hawksworth) Ltd) are stable and tack room equipment manufacturers. They say on the front page of their website “Stubbs products are made by Stubbs in England”. Stockists are listed on their website. They make a very wide range of stable related equipment. Unfortunately no country of origin is given against individual products on their website, so please ask where something you are interested in is made before buying as not all products this company sells may be British made – http://www.stubbsengland.com
Moorland Rider products for horse owners and riders sell a few British made products including a rider fly whisk or swish, a padded wash-bag for horse wash items, Equitie breakpoint horse tethers, and horse related greetings cards. Products are available through their website and at physical stockists. They do not give much information about their manufacturing and I don’t know if they manufacture themselves or not. Most products sold by this company are foreign made – http://www.moorlandrider.co.uk
Lancashire Textiles in Burnley seem to suggest on their website that all their Pillows, Mattress Protectors, Mattress Toppers, Towels, Home Accessories, Cushions, Pet Bedding, Bed Linens & Baby Bedding are UK made. I have emailed them to check this is the case (I’ve had no response though!) but I suspect it is only their bedding that is made in the UK and not their towels. Items made in Great Britain are clearly flagged with the Made in Britain logo; other products are foreign made. UK made products from Lancashire Textiles include some of their duvets, pillows, shaped pillows (such as v-shaped pillows), anti-allergy pillows, pillow protectors, some mattress protectors, a limited amount of their bedding, the Cavenagh of London ties they sell, some cushions, some cushion inners, some support cushions, their seat pads, some pet bedding, and their bean bags. Look for the Made in Britain logo on the Lancashire Textiles website; they a good range of Britain made products and they have their own mill in Lancashire. Products are availably directly from their website – http://www.lancashire-textiles.co.uk
The Tube seat fabric is known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities, is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy dog collars and coats using the fabric at the Transport for London museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. The collars and coats are made in England by Matt Fothergill using moquette fabric. Whilst a lot of stuff in the London Transport Museum Shop is made in China, they do stock a very good range of UK made products too – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette/pet-accessories.html
Phunky Pets is a website selling dog coats, collars, leads and bandanas. Their own range of dog coats are designed and made in the UK. They also stock made in London Hiro + Wolf collars and leads. Their other products are foreign made – http://www.phunkypets.co.uk
Cambrian Woollen Mill British wool woollen socks are fabulous. Medium weight (to heavy weight) I would say and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots. Being 90% British wool they are as close as you can get to 100% wool and still retain some wear resistance. I got my green ones from Bison Bushcraft (see above). Based in Wales, Cambrian Mill design, weave and manufacture wool products, such as socks, purses, ties, dog coats, scarves, shawls, cushions, picnic blankets, blankets, throws, baby blankets, and Welsh tartan scarves – all made at their mill in Wales. Cambrian Woollen Mill is located just north of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. There is or at least was a Cambrian Mill Gift Shop & Heritage Centre and it seems at least part of the mill was up for sale during 2016. Very little information about the mill or the company is given on their website – http://www.cambrianmill.co.uk
Hiro + Wolf sell accessories for people and pets. Their products are Fair Trade foreign made or British Made. Most products on the site, whether for dogs or people, are foreign made – http://hiro-and-wolf.com
Holly and Lil dog collars and cat collars are made in Britain (using Italian leather). They do not give country of origin against individual products on their website, so I assume their other products will be foreign made – http://www.hollyandlil.co.uk
Dalton’s Leather are a relatively new company based in Essex making belts, dog collars, dog leads and other leather products in England using Italian leather According to their Twitter it says “http://www.daltonsleather.com Unique leather products hand made by ourselves here in the UK using fine Italian leather” – http://www.daltonsleather.com
Cheshire and Wain was set up in 2013 “to bring carefully British made products to the cat accessories market”. All their collars are made in London (the Colour-Pop range using Italian leather and the Limited Edition collars using British Leather) and incorporate a safety catch. The cat toys in are made in Dorset, the bowls in Cambridge and the sheepskin rugs are from the oldest sheepskin Tannery in the UK. Country of origin is not always clear on their website. For example they do not mention country of origin for their Italian leather cat collars (which are made in London) or where the components for the collars are made or where their ID tags are made, so as always it will be worth checking before buying. The collar hardware is in fact UK made (in Walsall) and the plastic safety catches are manufactured in America by Japanese company YKK. Some products are foreign made, for example their book of cat names is made in New England, USA – http://www.cheshireandwain.com
Muddy Paws have a made in the UK section on their website which sells UK made dog beds – http://www.muddypaws.co.uk/dog-beds/made-in-the-uk
Acme make the finest whistles in the world, including various dog training whistles, shepherd whistles and silent whistles. All made in England. Available via the Acme Whistle website and elsewhere.
Abbeyhorn also make a couple of whistles described as ideal for dog owners and a walking stick with built in whistle. Abbeyhorn also make gifts, tableware, kitchenware, silverware, homeware, and the like in Lancashire all using natural horn – https://www.abbeyhorn.co.uk
WildWash natural pet cosmetics company range of pet shampoos, conditioners and perfumes for dogs, cats and horses are made in England. On their website they say “All our products are Made In England” – http://www.wildwash.co.uk
Pet N Home are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Pet Bedding, including vet bed, dog cushions, pads and blankets. They have a factory in Somerset and many of the products they sell are British made. They also sell household cushions and a large selection of pet and home accessories. It says on their website which products are British made.
Baxter and Snow recycle old wine and port boxes, making them into cat beds (including a cat bunk bed) and other home accessories. On their website they say “We work in an old barn workshop in the Cotswolds…” suggesting they are up-cycled in Britain. The wine boxes themselves are mostly French. The cushions they sell with the cat beds are “locally handmade” – http://baxterandsnowwineboxes.bigcartel.com
Doggie Coats make and sell dog coats in a variety of sizes and styles. All their dog coats are made in the UK. Available in pet stores, on their website and on their eBay site – http://www.doggiecoats.co.uk
UK Pet Beds make and sell fleece pet mattresses, waterproof pet mattresses, waterproofed backed blankets, and fleece blankets, in a variety of colours, sizes and styles. All their pet beds are made in the UK. Available on their website and on their eBay site – http://www.ukpetbeds.co.uk
Reefer make their recycled sailcloth pet beds and other great stuff in England.
Ditsy Pet have dog collars, leads and bandanas; all made in the UK.
Journeyman Leather make saddlery and dog collars and leads in the UK.
Cotswold Aquarius make fold away portable dog bowls, dog collars, and a waterproof dog bed. Cotswold Aquarius state on their website that they “are extremely proud of the fact that every item we produce has been designed and hand crafted here in Great Britain”.
I found on the internet various sites selling Petrope made in England rope toys for dogs – not sure who makes them – tough, durable rope toys made from natural hemp rope:
KJK Ropeworks (KJK Rope Leads) manufacture solely in the UK – rope dog leads, braid dog leads – their rope leads are hand made in the U.K. They are light, strong, durable and washable and come with steel or brass fittings. They also sell lanyards (useful for for whistles, mobile phones, knives, keys, fly fishing, etc.) and knot balls (rope dog toys). As well as dog products KJK Ropeworks also manufacture calving, lambing ropes and small halters.
Outhwaites Ltd (Ropemakers) make their rope products in the UK in Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK so please check before buying, but they have a manufacturing facility in Hawes (where they also have a visitor centre). They make ropes for the equestrian, farming and gardening markets, bannister ropes, barrier ropes, braids, rope pet toys, rope pet collars and rope pet leads. I note that the the Outhwaite Pet Divsion has recently been sold to The Animate Company based in Ripponden. There is scant information about Animate on the web but they appear to make dog beds in the UK as their website (such as it is) mentions a factory showroom.
Master Ropemakers Chatham sell animal halters, parrot perches, rope dog toys and dog leads. I get the impression from their website that these are made in the UK at Chatham Dockyard, but please check this before buying. Available via their website and also at Lissom and Muster.
Lissom and Muster sell a dog lead and a dog collar made in England by Cherchbi.
Green Peak Gear make dog leads from retired climbing rope. Available via the Green Peak Gear Amazon shop.
BBD leather dog leads are manufactured in England. I think that the other items they sell are imported.
Ethical Pets have a British made section on their website – http://www.ethical-pets.co.uk/48-made-in-the-uk
PetPlanet’s glitter exercise ball for hamsters is British made. They also sell some other British made pet foods and other products – http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product.asp?dept_id=446&pf_id=55929
Big Hug do pet bean bag beds and fleece blankets which I think are made in the UK (do check before buying).
Hug Rug make pet rugs and pet runners for your pet in England.
The Dartmouth Canvas Factory make a canvas dog or cat water bowl. Holds water. Fits in your pocket or bag. Made in Devon, England.
Creature Clothes – Hand-made in the UK – Their website states “We design everything in-house, test all of our products with our intrepid team of testers before sale, and manufacture all of our goods in the UK, primarily in our Suffok workshop.” – blankets, collars, leads, bandanas, emergency treats, beds, Union Flag goodies, wedding clothing for pets, wedding stationery for cats and dogs, and even some stuff for humans – http://www.creatureclothes.com.
Cosipet (Alex Griffiths Cosipet Ltd.) manufacture all their products in the UK. They say on their website “we still manufacture all our products in the UK” – available in good pet stores and online for example at Seapets and PetPlanet – they make a wide variety of dog coats, cat beds and dog beds, basket liners, igloos, bean bags, novelty beds, bandanas, cushions, crate waterproof cushions, Tough Pad waterproof cushions, Dri-Dog bags, and dog carrying bags – http://www.agcosipet.co.uk Update 3/1/16 – sadly Cosipet went into liquidation in September 2015.
Just Wool Textiles are an artisan hand-weaver using British Wool and British Falkland Islands Wool to produce dog coats, scarves, cushions, and blankets. Located in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, I get the impression everything is made in England – http://justwooltextiles.co.uk
Harold Moore, based in Sheffield, manufacture and supply of injection moulded plastic shovels, scoops, scrapers and other tools that are used in food, cleaning, equestrian, marine, building and other industries, as well as cutlery handles, and snow shifting tools. They say on their website “To retain control of our stringent standards and quality, we continue to manufacture all our products at our UK factory.” Based on this statement it would appear everything they sell is UK made, although as always I advise checking. Country of origin is not given on the products themselves. Multiple quantities only but their products are available on the net, for example at the Hack ‘n’ Tack shop online – http://www.haroldmoore.co.uk
Equi-Scuto are, according to their website, a company who try to source their materials from UK or EU companies and make their products in Yorkshire, England. They appear to often use leather from Pittards. They make equestrian horse protection boots, chaps, tool belts and handbags – http://www.equi-scuto.com
Equetech state on their website that 40% of their equestrian clothing range is made in the UK. UK made items are labelled as such and you can put UK in the search to see all their UK made products, including riding jackets and padded riding underwear – http://www.equetech.com
Aerborn Bandages and Leg Wraps for horses are made in the UK – http://www.aerborn.co.uk/horse-accessories/Bandages_and_Leg_Wraps.html
Lavenham Jackets make horse blankets and horse rugs in England.
Emma Bridgewater make pet bowls in their own factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Dimbleby Ceramics make cat and dog bowls in the UK, as well mugs and other ceramics. On their website they state “all our products are designed and made in Stoke-on-Trent” – http://www.dimblebyceramics.co.uk
Royal Warrant holders, Armitage Pet Care are the largest independent manufacturer and distributer of branded pet accessories and treats in the UK. As well as being distributers, they have a manufacturing facility in Nottingham, England. Wholesale, but easily available online, in supermarkets, pet shops, garden centres and so on. Among the products they make in Britain are: Wafcol dog food, Good Boy dog choc and treats, Clean Green Dog Loo, dog bowls, cat treats, cat bowls, cat litter trays, cat litter scoops, Rotastak hamster cages, pink/space/generic housing units for small animals, Rotastak small animal treats, caged bird sandpaper, perch covers and treats. Please note that by no means are all their products made in the UK so you will need to check before buying.
Zebedee’s Catnip Mice cat toy mice have the words “handmade in England” on their products and their website. They also say on their website “…our mice will continue to be proudly handmade in England.” Products are available in good pet shops and are not available from the company’s website. I found for example in the pet shop at Longacres Garden Centre in Shepperton (Charlton). Their mice are also available on sites like eBay and Amazon. Their products contain Catnip (Nepeta cataria). Zebedee’s Catnip Mice belongs to Mouse HQ Ltd – https://www.zebedeescatnipmice.co.uk
Tangle Teezers (as featured on Dragons’ Den) hairbrushes are made in the UK. It says on their website that “Tangle Teezer is proud that our manufacturing is done exclusively in the UK.” On US Amazon it suggests that “Tangle Teezer is also recommended by pet groomers as a quick and easy way to brush through cat and dog hair.”
Lawrence Petcare (Joseph Sellers & Son Ltd) pet grooming products are made in England – they make a shredder for dogs that moult, the Hound Glove for dog grooming, the Slicker Brush for dog grooming and the Tender Care Slicker brush for cats. Their agents are HPP UK Ltd and their products are available in good pet shops and online – http://www.lawrence-petcare.co.uk
J Clark and Company Limited produce themselves pin related products in England, including a wide variety of pet combs for cats and dogs, as well as lice and flee combs, and pin products for the textile trade, pharmaceuticals, food preparation and packaging, and many more diverse industries. The pins (teeth) they use come from a UK manufacturer too. They are also agents for foreign made Staedtler Uhl pin products. Trade only and they do not given any information about where about individual consumers can purchase their products from. J Clark and Company pet combs are distributed by HPP UK Ltd (see below) – http://www.jclarkandcompany.com – http://www.britishcombmakers.co.uk
Hi-Craft pet combs for cats and dogs are made in England. No idea who makes these but they were still for sale in pet shops and online in April 2019.
HPP UK Ltd are distributers to wholesalers in the UK and internationally. They are importers of dog and cat equipment. They are also manufacturers themselves of combs, rakes and grooming equipment in their Sheffield factory, for example making Spratts combs. They are also agents for J Clark and Company (see above) and Lawrence Petcare (see above). HPP UK Ltd do not give country of origin for their products on their website or any information about where individual consumers can purchase their products from. They say on their website “The products that we do not import are manufactured in our UK factory…” – http://hppuk.co.uk
Ashley Craig, a company in the USA, sell what they describe as Greyhound Combs. These are metal pet combs made in England and finished (coated and engraved) in the United States. I am guessing they are made by J Clark (see above). Ashley Craig say all their products are produced in the UK, USA, or West Germany. It’s been some time since I last heard anyone refer to West Germany! Their website is rather confusing. They also sell some made in England choke chains and leads – http://greyhoundcomb.com
Pegasus Health manufacturers and sells horse supplements, equine glucosamine and herbs for horses into veterinary practices, racing yards, stud farms, tack shops and directly to customers via their web site. Not everything they sell is UK made but they do appear to label UK made products on their website. For example, they sell a British made horse first aid kit – http://www.pegasushealth.com
The Trap Man are UK manufacturers & suppliers of humane cage live traps for every conceivable sort of animal, as well as cat carriers, wire mesh chimney bird guards, etc. Most of their products they manufacture themselves in the UK – http://www.trapman.co.uk
Omlet sell British made hi-vis vests for chickens. I couldn’t find any other British made products on their website though – https://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/chicken_keeping/high_vis_chicken_jacket/
D for Dog sell British made dog hi-vis vests and also a few other British made items such as dog collars, leads, beds, bowls, bandanas, raised dog beds, and a few treats – https://www.dfordog.co.uk/search/for/made+in+the+UK/page/1/
Igloo cat carriers / litter boxes are made in Great Britain. Their boxes can be used as cat carriers and / or cat litter boxes. No country of origin information is given about their Snow cat litter or other products such as scoops, so I assume that is foreign made, but you could check – http://www.igloopets.com
Kitty-Lou is made in the UK. It comes flat packed and builds into an innovative and attractive house design which should reduce mess. Designed for all but the largest of cats – http://www.kitty-lou.com
Chapelstone OOOPS! Wood Pellet Cat Litter is made in the UK – http://www.chapelstone.co.uk/store/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=ooops
Smart Cat Litter (by Wood Treatment Ltd) wood and paper based cat litters are all made in the UK, from sustainably sourced wood by-product in sawmills in the UK. Available in veterinary practices, in pet shops and online (for example here) – http://www.smart-cat.co.uk
Tesco wood cat litter, Tesco antibacterial cat litter, Tesco clumping cat litter and Tesco premium cat litter are all produced in the UK. Tesco low dust cat litter though is foreign made – https://www.tesco.com
BreederCelect cat litter is made in Australia and the UK. This Australian company makes cat litter from >99% recycled paper. Presumably the cat litter available in the UK would be made in the UK but you should check the packaging. Available for example at Pets at Home and elsewhere – http://www.breedercelect.co.uk
Friendly Natural Cat Litter is produced, by Friendship Estates Ltd, in Britain and is unique in the fact that it is made from British Straw. Available on their website and elsewhere – http://www.friendshipestates.co.uk/friendly-natural-cat-litter/view-all-products.html
Taylors Wood Pellet Cat Litter is available in 15kg bags and is made in the UK using virgin wood – http://www.taylorspetfoods.co.uk/taylors-wood-pellet-cat-litter—15kg-500-p.asp
CJ’s premium wood pellet cat litter (by Clifford Jones Timber) is created from 100% virgin timber residue, collected fro sustainably sourced wood by-product in sawmills in the UK. It can also be used for small furry animals and chickens and reptiles. Available online – http://cjtimber.com/clifford-jones-cat-litter
Catsan cat litter is made by Mars Petcare. Available in supermarkets. Clay or wood based. No information about country of origin is given on their website. Catsan is manufactured worldwide and I don’t know whether any Catsan production takes place in the UK. It may not even say where it is made on the packaging. Thomas Cat Litter is apparently the UK’s No.1 selling branded clay based cat litter and is widely available. Again it is made by Mars Petcare and manufactured worldwide. I am not sure if any Thomas Cat Litter is manufactured in the UK and country of origin is not even given on the packaging.
Bestpets own label wood based cat litter is produced in the United Kingdom from 100% recovered sawdust. Bestpets do not generally give country of origin against products on their website, so I assume other Bestpets products are mostly foreign made – https://www.best-pets.co.uk/trade/cats/wood-based-litter.php
Sainsbury’s own brand cat litter is produced and packed or just packed in the United Kingdom, depending on which one you choose. Clay and wood based cat litters. Also Sainsbury’s tinned cat food is made in the UK – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk
I am unsure if Bob Martin (see below) cat litter is made in the UK, so please check the packaging (hopefully country of origin is labelled on the packaging). It was apparently made in Cardiff and Yatton, but the Cardiff factory is due to close (as of January 2020) following the bankruptcy of Bob Martin (see below).
I am not sure if Greenwoods cat litter is made in the UK, but possibly not. Please check the packaging.
Does anyone know of any more UK made cat litter?
Bob Martin say they are “the UK’s leading brand name for pet healthcare”. Their main manufacturing site and head office is in the South West of England and they have other manufacturing in the UK. The Bob Martin includes vitamin supplements for dogs and cats, de-wormers, shampoos and many different products to rid pets of ticks and fleas, cat litter, snacks, treats and pet accessories. For dogs, cats, small animals, birds and fish. Available in supermarkets and pet stores. Unfortunately country of origin is not given against individual products on their website. It is not clear that all their products are made in the UK, so please check the packaging. In November 2019 unfortunately Bob Martin went bankrupt. Pets Choice purchased parts of Bob Martin, including their factory in Yatton, Somerset but not their cat litter factory in Cardiff. Administrators PWC say (January 2020) that the Cardiff factory will close with a loss of 53 jobs. Bob Martin was the supplier of moist supermarket own brand cat litter and the bankruptcy led to shortages of own brand cat litter in supermarkets. In January 2020 Pet Choice said “Production at both UK Bob Martin factories has now recommenced, and normal supply should be available shortly” – with the closure of the Cardiff factory as stated by PWC supply problems may continue no doubt leading to more cat litter being imported rather than made in the UK. As of January 2020 Bob Martin continues to trade as Bob Martin – http://www.bobmartin.co.uk
Robinson Animal Healthcare is a long established manufacturer of animal first aid woundcare and absorbents, including market leading brands such as Animalintex and Veterinary Gamgee. Almost all Robinson Healthcare products are produced at a large UK manufacturing facility in Worksop, Nottinghamshire so there is a good chance that the product you want will be made in the UK. They sell veterinary wound care, veterinary bandages, veterinary absorbents, equine first aid, anti-bacterial wash and kennel and cage liners. Available at veterinary surgeries, pet shops, online, and via the Robinson Healthcare website (in bulk).
Robinson Healthcare also make a Horse and Rider First Aid Kit.
Johnson’s Veterinary make or import a multitude of products for cats, dogs, birds and small animals – worm treatments, insecticidal products, Pigeon Tonic, flea tablets, medicines, cleaning and hygiene products for pets, flea collars, grooming aids, shampoos, treats, seed bells, etc. The company were founded in 1921 and refer on their website “a purpose built manufacturing and distribution centre in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands” where they are still based but is not clear if they still manufacture there themselves or just have offices there. Country of origin is not given for products shown on their website. I am not sure of country of origin is given on physical product labels. Johnson’s have told me (5/5/15) that some of their products are still made by them in the UK, including some non-medicinal products, but that a large proportion of their products are outsourced and foreign made, including most products that are regulated by the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate). Please ask Johnson’s about country of origin before buying their products – http://www.johnsons-vet.com
Fenella Smith – http://www.fenellasmith.com/store/dog-bowls – sell a range of made in England dog bowls.
Big Tomato do a range of made in England pet bowls, as do their sister company Unite and Type (these can be personalised) – http://www.bigtomatocompany.com/gifts.php?cat=4 – http://www.uniteandtype.com/personalise.php?cat=9
Snug and Cosy manufacture all their pet beds, pet blankets, pet cushions and mattresses, waterproof beds and mats, igloos and bags in the UK. Trade only but available online and in pet shops – http://www.snugandcosypet.co.uk
Carpenter, an American owned company, have a foaming plant Glossop in Derbyshire. Their Sleep Better range of mattress toppers, pillows and accessories “are manufactured in the UK” and their “Snugkids products are manufactured in the UK” (mattresses, sofas, chairs, bean bags and pillows for children). This only applies to products on sale in the UK generally, so check the label before buying. Some products are available for example from Tesco. Their Snugpets range of pet beds is “manufactured in the UK” according to their Snugpets brochure. Carpenter underlay is made in the UK and on their website section on underlay they say “Carpenter manufacture environmentally responsible products that are made in the UK”. I assume their other products are foreign made – http://carpenter.com – http://carpenterconsumer.co.uk
Dreamy Pet Products cat and dog igloo pet beds are made in Yorkshire, England. They have a ‘British made’ section on their website and sell a good variety of British made cat and dog beds. There is no suggestion on their website that they sell any more UK made products – http://dreamypetproducts.co.uk/product-category/british-made/
Hatchwell Pet Products make a wide array of dog, cat, small animal, equestrain and bird products, including many cat and dog treats (cat Easter eggs, dog Christmas pudding, dog birthday cake, cat Advent calendars, etc.), cat and dog disinfectant, dog soap, various caged bird products, various animal health care products (toothpaste for cats and dogs, disinfectants, coat conditioning tablets, flea collars, etc.), chinchilla nibbles, horse Easter eggs and Advent calendars, chalk powders, water fountains for hamsters, small food pots, and the like. Products are available in pet shops and they list online retailers on their website. I found the cat toothpaste below on Amazon. It says on the Hatchwell website (as of 16/12/14) that “all products are currently manufactured in the UK and are therefore of the highest quality” – http://www.hatchwell.co.uk
Woof and Brew teas, tonics and treats for dogs make Bottom Sniffer “beer” for dogs which is brewed in the UK, dog and cat “wine” and freeze pops (they don’t say these are made in the UK, so I assume they are foreign made), tonic for dogs which is made in the UK, herbals teas for dogs which is made in the UK, dog lawn care liquid (to reduce dog pee damage) which is made in the UK, and dog anti-wind drinks (these do not say British made so I assume they are foreign made). Available via their website and in good pet stores – https://www.woofandbrew.com
MPM Consumer Products personal hygiene and household cleaning products are all made in the UK. Founded in 1995, MPM is a specialised contract liquid fill manufacturer of household and personal care products based in Manchester, England. Own branded and private label handwash, bodywash, foam & crème bath, creams and lotions as well as household lines like antiseptic disinfectant and sterilising fluid plus more, available in independent stores. They say on their website “We are huge supporters of British manufacturing and believe ‘Made in England’ means miles less carbon” and their site has a little Union Flag log with the words “Made in the UK Miles less carbon”. For example their Dr J’s range includes antibacterial cleansers and Dr J’s Just 4 Pets Bactericidal Cleaning Disinfectant are British made – http://www.mpmconsumerproducts.com
I read on the internet that cats cannot use human toothpaste and that you can use baking soda to brush your cats teeth, but that pet toothpaste is more enticing to them.
King British manufacture top class foods, medicines and water care treatments for the ‘fish’ world. King British is all made in the UK. On their website they state “All our products are manufactured in the purpose built, modern factory and then distributed throughout the UK in all those great little pet shops and garden centres” – http://www.kingbritish.co.uk
ChapelWood “foods are produced within the UK” currently. Their parent company Solus Garden and Leisure Limited was purchased by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in 2014 after going into Administration. Let’s hope the new owners keep production of ChapelWood foods in the UK. ChapelWood sell feeds for all types of birds. Available in garden centres. I note country of origin information is no longer given on their website – http://www.chapelwoodwildlife.co.uk
Ernest Charles Co. make some of their wild bird seeds and suets in the UK, and some of their dog food. Other Ernest Charles Co. products are foreign made. Ernest Charles Co. belong to garden products supplier Gardman, who amongst other brands also own The Garden & Home Co. whose doormats (available in garden centres) are made in the UK. Other Gardman products are often foreign made and do not state country of origin on them. Where Gardman products are British made they are labelled as such, for example Gardman squirrel, swan and duck and hedgehog dry food is made in the UK – http://www.gardman.co.uk/ernest-charles – http://www.gardman.co.uk
Brambles Hedgehog Food is made in Great Britain. They say on their website ” All of our products are made in Great Britain! You will find them in all good pet shops, garden centres and some on-line retailers.” Swan and duck food, hedgehog food – https://bramblespaw.co.uk
Wilko (Wilkinson) sell a good number of quality British made items including various motor oils, car wash liquids, car cleaning sponges, 3-in1 type oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, bicycle cleaners and oils (lubes), bicycle tyre sealant, various paints, dustpan and brushes, plastic containers, washing-up bowls, sink drainers, rubbish bins, mops, DIY fillers, paint roller sets, hand cream, hand cleaning gel, toner, garden bird peanuts, etc. Many of their own brand products are made in the UK. Check the packaging in-store – https://www.wilko.com
Waitrose Garden Bird Food was labelled as produced in the UK in January 2016 but in March 2016 it was only labelled as packed in the UK (and is therefore foreign made but packed in the UK), so you need to check the packaging every time you are thinking of buying. Waitrose now have a policy of not labelling country of origin on most of their products which is most disappointing and by not labelling Waitrose is deliberately setting out to mislead their customers; some products though like the birdseed do still carry country of origin but if no country of origin is given please buy elsewhere – http://www.waitrose.com
Dawn Chorus wild bird seed is made in the UK for Bulldog Products Ltd of Southport. Their website is trade only but their products are available from retailers. I don’t know whether or not all their products are Uk made – www.dawnchorus.eu
Westland Horticulture’s Beckons indoor, pigeon and wild bird birds seeds (“prepared with pride in Britain”) and Nature’s Feast wild bird seed (“our comprehensive range of award-winning bird foods are all blended and packaged in the UK’s most advanced bird seed manufacturing facilities, where quality control is of the utmost importance”) are produced or at least packed in the UK. Some other Westland products such as compost and garden seeds are also produced in the UK, but you will have to look at the packaging to see which. Some products may be foreign made. No country of origin information is given against individual products on any Westland websites and for example their bird feeders may be foreign made – http://www.bucktons.co.uk – http://www.naturesfeast.co.uk
Tom Chambers sell a range of garden products, garden furniture, wild bird care and food. They have their own factory in Yorkshire. Trade only but available in garden centres and the like. No country of origin is given against individual products and, whilst it would appear everything they sell is made in the UK from their website where it says made in the UK at the top of each page, I would not like to say this is the case as it is not explicitly stated that everything is made in the UK. Hopefully the physical products themselves are clearly labelled with country of origin – http://www.tomchambers.co.uk
A Short Walk say on their website that all of their “Eco range products are made in the UK from recycled materials”. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website though. Products are available from their website and include various bird feeders amongst their products like signs, bread boards, clocks. I assume clock mechanisms are foreign made and the products not in their Eco range are foreign made. Also see Green and Blue below – http://ashortwalk.com/designs/
Green and Blue bird feeders, bird houses and bee houses are “made in England” according the front page of their website. Their story appears similar to that of A Short Walk above, in that the founders both used to work for Dyson (a company that makes vacuum cleaners and hand-dryers aboard) and the companies are both are based in Perranporth near Truro. I assume the two companies are connected in some way. Country of origin is clearly stated for individual products under ‘details’ – https://greenandblue.co.uk
With a few exceptions (which you can find by searching their website for ‘UK Made’), RSPB bird feed and bird feeders are foreign made. RSPB also have a few UK made nesting boxes and bird tables. Most RSPB products, disappointingly, are foreign made – http://shopping.rspb.org.uk
Supa Ltd (Supa Aquatic Supplies Ltd) say on their website that they are “proud of the fact that the majority of the products it produces are manufactured at its extensive factory in Sheffield from the finest quality raw materials.” For example, some of their wild bird feeders are manufactured in the UK (whereas others seem to be made abroad). Check products and see if they are labelled as being made in the UK – if not products are foreign made – no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website. Wild bird feeders, nesting boxes, bird baths, treat food for wild birds, aquarium and pond fish food, small animal dried fruit treats, etc – http://www.supa-aquatics.co.uk
Unipet International Ltd are a wild bird food manufacturer, specialising in suet-based products and poultry treats. They have a factory in Kent and most of their products appear to be made in the UK. For example the bird suet feeder pictured below is British made, as are their bird feeds. Their brands include Suet to Go and Hentastic – https://unipet.co.uk
Gap Garden Products garden structures and equipment- “All Gap Garden Products are made in their factory in Kettering using the best quality materials.” Not all individual products on their website show country of origin, so I advice checking where something is made before buying. Products include metal garden arches, garden tunnels, gazebos, garden towers, planters, garden furniture, boot scrapers, boot racks, garden incinerators, weathervanes, bird feeder hooks, etc. They are also the makers of products marketed under the brand name Poppyforge – http://www.gapgardenproducts.com
Birdhouse Follies tagline on twitter is “Handcrafted Birdhouses designed & created in the Peak District, Derbyshire, England”. These are unique looking bird boxes that would make a great addition to any garden – http://www.birdhousefollies.com
Burgess pet foods state on their website that they are “a leading UK manufacturer catering for the country’s top 9 most popular pets – dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats & ferrets”. The company were established in 1649 as a flour mill, in 1963 stopping flour milling and moving into animal feeds, and then in 1987 stopping animal feeds and moving into pet foods. On their website they do not actually say where they manufacture their foods, despite the little Union Jack image on the front of their packs. Burgess tell me (5/5/15) that they manufacture most of their foods themselves in Yorkshire and in another email of 7/5/15 that all their cat food is made by them in Yorkshire. Please check with the company or check the packaging to find out where a product is made before buying. On their packaging they say “Burgess products are manufactured in the UK” – http://www.burgesspetcare.com
Paddocks Farm Partnership Ltd, the makers of Verm-X, produce natural intestinal hygiene products for for a wide variety of animals. On their website it says “Verm-X is a British company, based in Somerset and all our products are produced in the UK” and on their packaging it says “all Verm-X products are produced in the UK” – https://verm-x.com
Houndworthy sell a range of UK made dog walking treat bags, UK made dog treats, UK made rope dog leads and an Early’s of Witney Houndworthy branded horse blanket – http://www.houndworthy.com/?s=england&x=0&y=0
The Dog Treat Company sell “Delicious dog treats for your pooch handmade using the finest human grade ingredients in Devon, UK.” They say on their website “we make our treats by hand in Devon” – https://thedogtreatcompany.co.uk
Oggi’s Oven provides 100% British made “Great British Baking” for pets. They are part of Verity & Voss whose other products are all imported. Oggi’s Oven sell home baking mixes enabling you to easily made cakes, biscuits and scones for your dog. Stockists (some online) are listed on their website – http://www.oggisoven.co.uk
Pooch & Mutt, founded in 2008, food for dogs, say in the About section of their website “All of our ingredients are bought in the UK for our foods, treats and supplements. You’ll also be glad to know that all of our production takes place in the UK too, so our ranges really are products of the United Kingdom”. Good stuff – http://www.poochandmutt.com
H. G. Gladwell & Sons (Copdock Mill) are manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of bird seeds, fishing bait and dog food. They say on their website “Today, we manufacture our own range of cage and wild bird mixes and seeds, small animal food, such as rabbit, guinea pig and hamster coarse feed, as well as fishing bait…We also have our own brands of dog foods”. So it appears this company make in the UK as well as importing, but unfortunately no country of origin information is given on their website or even on the products themselves, excepting their Brigadier’s Choice dog food (kibble and treats) which they say is “Made in England”. Generally then you will need to ask where their products are made – http://www.copdockmill.co.uk
Betty & Butch dog food is made in the UK. There is no suggestion on their website that any of their other products are UK made – http://www.bettyandbutch.co.uk/#!betty–butch-dog-food/ckh
Wagg pet food appears to all be produced in the UK. Wagg makes a wide range of dry dog foods, cat foods, pet food suitable for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice and semi moist treats and crunchy biscuits for dogs and cats. Wagg Foods Ltd, founded in 1923, was known as Page Feeds and supplied animal feeds. They started to manufacture pet food in the 1980s. By 1990 they had stopped producing animal feeds for farming, changed their name to Wagg and moved to their current site near Thirsk. They say “We aim to source our core meat meals and cereals from local producers” and their website, and as far as I can tell all their products, have an oval shaped Union Flag icon and the words “Since 1923 – Made in the UK”. Products are available from their website via Ocado or Pets at Home and from supermarkets and pet shops – http://www.waggfoods.com
Pets at Home are the UK’s biggest pet shop. Whilst many products in their stores are foreign made, their own brand Wainwright’s dog and cat food is made in the UK. They say on their website “Wainwright’s complete food is carefully formulated and packed full of nutrient-rich, natural ingredients, perfectly balanced for your pet. Full of natural goodness, each hypoallergenic recipe is proudly made in the UK…” – http://www.petsathome.com
Natures Menu raw dog food and raw cat food and treats appear to be made in the UK. They say on their website that their products are “Produced at our factory in Norfolk from carefully selected suppliers, our raw pet food products are carefully manufactured to the highest standard then distributed via our own temperature controlled vans” – https://www.naturesmenu.co.uk
Skinner’s dog food is all made in the UK, including their Field & Trial and Life ranges. On their website they say – “We manufacture all our own products at our Mill in Suffolk. This means we have total control over every aspect of production from the sourcing of raw materials through to manufacture, distribution and most importantly quality control”. They also say “Wherever possible we use locally grown cereals. However, many of the ingredients we use, such as rice, are not grown in the UK and these are obtained from reputable sources in other countries. All meat sources are British”. On product packaging it says “manufactured in our Suffolk mill” – http://www.skinnerspetfoods.co.uk
Mars make many of their pet food and pet care products in the UK, but I am not sure which ones. Crown Pet Foods, part of Mars and the makers of Royal Canin and James Wellbeloved, have a factory in Castle Cary in Somerset for example. Pedigree are also owned by Mars. Other Mars brands include Whiskas, KiteKat, Cesar, Sheba, and Catsan. Mars pet care is based in Belguim. Unhelpfully Royal Canin cat food for example just says “made in the EU” on the packets, which is pointless and meaningless given how big the EU is. All James Wellbeloved dog, cat, and ferret foods are made in the UK. Does anyone know which other Mars pet food / pet care products specifically are made in the UK?
Iams is a pet food brand owned by Proctor and Gamble. In north America the brand belongs Mars since Prooctor and Gamble sold Iams, Eukanuba and Natura in north America to Mars in 2014. Iams and Eukanuba do not bother to give any country of origin information on their website and I assume they are foreign made.
Nestle owns Purina who market under names including Purina, Gourmet, Bakers Complete, Felix, GoCat, Winalot, Friskies and Bonio. Nestle pet division is essentially what was Spillers Pet Foods which Nestle bought from the now defunct Dalgety plc. Nestle / Purina / Spillers do not say where they make their pet foods, but they have factories in Aintree, Wisbech and Sudbury, so some of their pet food is still produced in the UK but I am not sure which. Nestle products are made all over the world, including in the UK. For example there has been a Nestle coffee production factory in Hayes since 1913 (it originally made chocolate when it first started and moved over to coffee production in 1939, having been purchased by Nestle in 1919) but during 2015 it was closed. Nestle’s Tutbury plant in Derbyshire and the Dalston plant in Cumbria continue to make coffee. Nestle still have factories in Girvan, Dalston, Fawdon, York, Halifax and Tutbury, Buxton, Welwyn Garden City, Bromborough, Sudbury, Wisbech, and Aintree; producing coffee, chocolate, water, pet food, etc. Unfortunately for the consumer Nestle have a policy of not labelling country of origin on their products, so you will not know where your chocolate / coffee / water / pet food was manufactured or if it was made in the UK – http://www.nestle.co.uk
Why not ask Mars, Proctor and Gamble, and Nestle about exactly where specific products are made. It might encourage them to label clearly.
Hills petted is an American company, owned by Colgate Palmolive. They are the makers of Science Plan. They give no information on their website about where their petfoods are made, so I assume they are all foreign made.
“All Butcher’s wet products are manufactured in the United Kingdom” according to their website. Founded in 1987, “Butcher’s Pet Care is a British company based in Crick, Northamptonshire, specialising in the production of high-quality foods for cats and dogs.” They also sell dry food for cats and dogs but I assume this is foreign made as they only say they make their wet foods in the UK on their website – http://www.butcherspetcare.com
The First Class Pet Company Limited of Worcester Little BigPaw complete meals and treats for cats and dogs are British made. They say on their website “Made with British ingredients in the UK” – https://www.littlebigpaw.co.uk
Pets Choice (aka Pet Food Brands Ltd) have produced quality pet food since 1881, manufacturing and providing food and treat products for dogs and cats under the Webbox, Davies, Oceanic and Goodwyns brands. As well as their branded product, they also produce private label goods. All produced in the UK, in Lancashire, but please note they are also distributers for Vitakraft which is foreign made. Available online and in supermarkets. In November 2018 Pets Choice purchased parts of Bob Martin, including their factory in Yatton but not their cat litter factory in Cardiff (see Bob Martin above) – http://www.petschoice.co.uk
https://www.webbox.co.uk (Webbox – dog wet food, dry food, treats, chub rolls; cat wet food, dry food and treats; fish food; made in England). Their google search tagging is “Yummy pet food made in the UK” – https://www.webbox.co.uk
http://www.dogsloveit.co.uk (Goodwyns – dog dry food; made in England).
http://www.daviespetfood.co.uk (Davies – Dog dry food, moist chubs, and treats; made in England).
http://www.oceanicpetfood.com (Oceanic – Fish dry food and treats for dogs; made in England).
Established in 1974, Town & Country Petfoods are the suppliers of HiLife pet foods for cats and dogs. Whilst most HiLife products are foreign made using foreign sourced ingredients, some HiLife products are made in the UK such as ‘HiLife tempt me! Crunchy Kibbles Rich in Delicious Chicken’ for cats and ‘HiLife Treat Me! Sticks with Chicken & Ham’ for dogs. UK made products are clearly labelled as such both on their website and on the packaging – https://www.hilifepet.co.uk
Fold Hill pet food for cats and dogs is all made in the UK by Fold Hill, in Lincolnshire. Dog dry food, treats biscuits and chews; cat treats. Available online and in pet shops – http://www.foldhill.co.uk
Trophy Pet Foods sell own branded cat foods and dog foods that are all made in Northamptonshire, England, sourced using as many of the ingredients as it is possible in Britain. They are distributed straight to your home via franchisees agents or available online. I assume their accessories are not British made – http://www.trophypetfoods.co.uk
Oscar Pet Foods Ltd (Formerly Pet Equine & Pigeon Supplies Ltd PEPS Ltd) sell own branded pet food for cats and dogs is British made according to their Facebook page and one of their franchise pages, although there are no further mentions of British production. They are distributed straight to your home via franchisees agents or available online. I assume their accessories are not British made. Also available on Amazon – http://www.oscars.co.uk
Nelsons pet food is all British made – food for cats, dogs, fish, birds, rabbits, ferrets, other small animals; branded under various names. Available online. They also sell pet accessories made by other people; some foreign made but some British made too (such as Snug & Cosy pet beds) – http://www.nelsonspetfood.co.uk
Harringtons dog dry food, dog treats, cat dry food, cat treats, rabbit and guinea pig foods is all made in Great Britain, sourced using locally grown products wherever possible. Everything is made in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Available in supermarkets and pet shops. Stockists are listed on their website – http://www.harringtonspetfood.com
Benevo produce UK-manufactured vegetarian and vegan cat food and dog food.
Lovejoys dog food is made in Great Britain.
Lily’s Kitchen pet food for dogs and cats are made for them in the UK and in Europe. All their wet food is foreign made. Some of their dry food is made in the UK. Country of origin is generally given on their website, in terms of made in the EU (which is rather vague) or made in the UK – http://www.lilyskitchen.co.uk
Barking Heads & Meowing Heads (Pet Food UK Ltd) might make some of their cat food and dog food and treats in the UK, because they mention on their website that their new (as of August 2014) cat wet food is British made. They also talk about using British sourced ingredients on their website. However, there are no more references to British manufacture on their website, so you will need to check. Pet Food UK Ltd also have the brand AATU. The AATU twitter tagline is “Evolutionary Natural Feeding for Dogs & Cats. High Meat, Grain-free, containing fruits, vegetables, herbs & botanicals.” Wet and dry foods. It says on their website “Made in Britain using British ingredients”. According to LinkedIn “Pet Food UK Ltd is a Hertfordshire based dog and cat food manufacturer with products in over 30 countries worldwide. Since launching the Barking Heads and Meowing Heads ranges of Ultra-Premium dog and cat food in 2009, they have established a reputation for high quality pet food.”
Natural Instinct raw frozen feed for cats and dogs is all made in Britain. Their dog food is approximately 80% meat and bone to 20% vegetables, whilst their cat food is approximately 99% meat, bone and offal with natural supplements. They say they use only British ingredients. A gradual transition will be required to move your pet onto a raw frozen mostly meat diet – http://www.naturalinstinct.com
True Instinct is a pet food brand owned by Nature’s Variety, a cat and dog food company in the USA. In the UK they seem to be part of Natures menu, whose brands are True Instinct, Country Hunter and natures:menu original. Founded in 1981 as Anglian Meat Products, Natures Menu according to their website in 2016 “Natures menu joins forces with Affinity Petcare and Natures Variety to develop a worldwide group of pet specialists in raw inspired nutrition”. They also say “Natures menu is a fully integrated supply business. We source and selected our own raw ingredients, we process and pack the foods we make and deliver the brands we sell direct to our customers on our own fleet of delivery vehicles…” Natures Manu have a factory in Norfolk and say they use “…locally sourced human grade meats and wholesome ingredients…” and they sell frozen raw foods and dry foods for cats and dogs. Their True Instinct pet foods appear to all be made in the UK. I don’t know if their other products are made in the UK – https://www.naturesmenu.co.uk
Arden Grange pet foods are British made. Surprisingly, this is only referenced once on their website that I can find, so I would advise checking if all their products are British made. Cat dry food and treats, dog dry and wet food and treats – http://www.ardengrange.com
From what I can gather, Symply wet, dry and treats dog food and dry cat food is all British made, although they do not state this very clearly on their website. Country of origin information is given at the bottom of the page against individual products on the Symply website and everything I have found today (26/4/15) on their site was made in Great Britain.
Also, from what I can gather, Canagan dry food for cats and dogs is all made in Britain, but this is not explicitly stated on their website. They do tell us “We try to source as many of our ingredients as we possibly can from Great Britain, although some ingredients are simply not available in the UK in large enough quantities.” Canagan wet food is made in Thailand. If you check the underneath of the packaging of Canagan dry food it carries the words “Proudly Made in Great Britain” and the front of the packaging tells us the food is “made with natural produce fresh from the British countryside”. Stockists are listed on their websites and products are also from their websites and elsewhere online. Grain free. Canagan tinned dog food is made in Great Britain or New Zealand or in the “EU” (whatever that means, presumably somewhere in mainland Europe) depending on which flavour –
Burns Penlan Farm range of moist food for dogs is made in their own factory in Burry Port, Wales, using local ingredients where possible including ingredients sourced from their own farm in South Wales. No country of origin information is given for their other dog, cat and rabbit food, but today (5.5.15) they have told me “all our dry dog and cat foods are manufactured in England”, presumably by another company but it is good that all Burns cat and dog dry food is made in the UK. From their answer I assume all their rabbit food and wet food is foreign made – http://burnspet.co.uk
Some Feelwell’s dog treats and dry food is made in the UK; some are foreign made. I assume the UK products are those that carry a little Union Flag on the packaging but please check before buying – http://www.feelwells.co.uk
Amberslade Pet Food is a British made dry food for dogs, cats and small animals. I found this company on the web, but currently (as of 3rd May 2015) their products seem to be unavailable, with their online shop being down for maintenance – http://www.amberslade.co.uk/index.php/pet-food
Greenwoods pet food for dogs, cats and small animals appears to be made in the UK. Strangely in this day and age, I can’t find a website for them. I have seen their products online, for example at Zooplus and elsewhere.
Joe & Jill’s dry food for cats is made in England. Available online at Pet’s Kitchen. Vet’s Kitchen cat and dog dry foods and treats are also available online here (and elsewhere), are British made, and are owned by Pet’s Kitchen. Vet Joe Inglis, who was in Vets in Practice on TV, seems to be behind both Joe and Jill’s and Pet’s Kitchen / Vet’s Kitchen – http://www.joeandjills.co.uk
Forthglade dog food and cat food is all made in Devon, England, they do not contract out or import any of their products and ingredients are sourced locally where possible. Wet food and frozen food. There is a partial list of stockists available on the front page of their website using a postcode search – http://www.forthglade.com
Does anyone know of other pet food made in the UK?
E Jeffries & Sons Limited (Jeffries Saddlery, Jefferies) was established 1820. They are a manufacturer of equestrian and sporting leather products and appear to maintain some production in the UK, although you will need to check before buying as no country of origin information is given on their website. They are also a distributer of foreign made equestrian products. The company also appear to also be known as Vale Brothers Ltd and are based in Walsall. Their brand names include Jeffries Saddlery, Falcon Saddlery, Eldonian Bits and Steelwork, Wembley Bridles and Brady Bags – http://www.ejeffries.co.uk
The Ideal Saddle Company (Ideal & WRS) in Walsall make horse riding saddles and and appear to maintain some production in the UK, although you will need to check before buying as no country of origin information is given on their website. They also own the Barnsby Saddlery, the Walsall-based firm which was set up in 1873 and was formerly known as Jabez Cliff Limited, with the name being purchased by the Ideal Saddle Company in 2014 following the bankruptcy of Barnsby Equestrian. They also trade under the brand Barclay & Co. The only country of origin information given on the Ideal Saddle Company website is “The finest materials are used, from handmade saddle-trees made here in Walsall, to the highest quality leathers” – http://www.idealsaddle.com
Carr and Day and Martin horse care products were founded in 1765 have held a Royal Warrant since the reign of King George IV and still hold the Royal Warrant today for the supply of saddlery care products to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. They say 80% of their products are manufactured in the UK – “Unlike many companies today, we actually manufacture our own products in our own factory. In fact over 80% of the products in the current range are manufactured at our Lytham plant”. Carr & Day & Martin (branded Carr’s / Day & Martin’s / Carr & Day & Martin) used to make shoe polish in England, but as far as I am aware no longer do so, and now concentrate on horse care products – http://www.carrdaymartin.co.uk
I came across Supreme Products on the net – they sell a range of horse blankets and the like – http://supremeproducts.co.uk/shop/categories/Retail/Hoods-and-Garments/
CosyDogs – Manufacturers of fleece dog harnesses, collars and leads – All CosyDogs own brand products are made in the UK, but the other products they sell are not generally UK made – http://www.dog-harnesses.co.uk
Friday Fox sell horse blankets – http://www.fridayfox.co.uk. Currently these are Witney horse blankets from Quiltex stock (please note the wool used in these is not British wool), but when stocks run out these will be replaced by blankets made by another supplier (Hainsworth?) Friday Fox tell me. Friday Fox also make other products out of this blanket (as well as some using other fabrics), including dog coats.
Laurence Butler Ltd. sell made in England magnetic therapy dog collars – http://www.copper-bracelets.com/copper-magnetic-therapy-dog-collars-12-c.asp
EcoKitty specialises in eco-friendly goodies for kitty-cats that are made from recycled, organic or locally sourced materials and most of their products are all made in Britain. Toys, blankets, bowls, scoops and a cardboard playhouse. Made in Britain products are clearly labelled as such, but not all the products they sell are British made (e.g. the BecoThings cat bowls and scoop are foreign made) – http://www.ecokitty.co.uk
Feloo’s origami-inspired cardboard products are all made in Britain. They make disposable cat litter boxes and cat sleeping pods. Their trays, lids and scoops are lined and water resistant, like a coffee cup. The trays and lid can be recycled and the sleeping pods can be composted. Trays can last up to 4 weeks, depending on use. Keep the lid and get more trays – http://www.feloouk.com
Need a British made “Beware of the Dog” sign? Rowan Stickers – http://www.classicsign.co.uk – make pet information sign stickers. Rowan Stickers Classic Sign’s range of self-adhesive stickers also includes disabled signs, wheelie bin stickers, warning signs, information signs, stickers for kids, number stickers, letter stickers, stickers for business, pet related stickers, fridge stickers, suitcase stickers, Halloween stickers, Christmas stickers, etc.
Anthony and Brown have a few British made dog collars and leads (they also have some British made jumpers, luggage labels, and satchels; with the rest of their range foreign made) – http://anthony-and-brown.myshopify.com/collections/accessories
MANN + MOON design and make everything in the UK and source from UK suppliers. Harris Tweed and leather, bespoke dog coats, dog walker’s bags, dog collars, leads and hand warmers, Harris Tweed throws and heat pads – http://mannandmoon.com
Albion Saddlemakers are a saddle, and saddle accessory designer & manufacturer in Walsall. Their Albion brochure states “100% British in-house manufacture”. The Albion Sporting twitter page states they are “manufacturers of luxurious leather goods, shooting accessories & lifestyle accessories, which are individually hand made in our factory in Walsall, England”. I am not sure if all products are made in the UK, so as always please check before buying – http://www.albionsaddlemakers.co.uk – http://www.albionsporting.co.uk
For boots for riding and such like please also see British Made Shoes and Boots.
Rainbow Trugs are flexible colourful plastic containers that are made in Britain. Available in 6 sizes and a wide variety of colours. Rainbow Trugs themselves and the Rainbow Trugs lid are made in Britain. Rainbow Trugs are food safe and UV stable. Inside there is a gallons and litres indicator. Some of the other stuff on their website is made abroad though. Look for the Union Flag next to the item’s picture I assume to see what is British made. British made items include Rainbow Trugs, pot stands, Rainbow Trug Riddle, Rainbow Trug lid, Easi Skip Feeders, 3 gallon buckets, Rhino feed buckets, Rainbow feeders and tidy trays. The trugs make ideal cat bed – http://rainbowtrugs.com
Human chocolate contains Theobromine, a naturally occurring compound found in the cocoa bean, and it is this that is poisonous to dogs and cats. Instead feed your pet a suitable ‘safe’ alternative such as Good Boy dog-safe choc drops or Hatchwell Easter Eggs.
There are other hidden dangers to dogs, cats and other pets in certain foods, plants, drugs and insecticides for example, plus road accidents. You can find research and find advice on the internet, for example at Bluecross, the RSPCA, the VPIS and many other sites. Some of the most common, potentially severe cat and dog poisons reported to the VPIS, are listed on the RSPA and VPIS websites.
Is your British chocolate really made in Britain?
Are your British sweets really British?
Is your British confectionery actually made in Britain?
Possibly not. Cadbury now make chocolate for the British market in Poland as well as manufacturing in the UK. Terry’s Chocolate Orange is also made in Poland. Terry’s no longer make anything in York and all manufacturing is in Poland, Sweden, Belgium or Slovakia. Both companies (Terry’s of York and Cadbury) are now owned by Kraft, an American company. Nestle, a Swiss company, now own Rowntree Mackintosh of York and make their Smarties and some other products abroad now. Both Cadbury and Rowntree still have factories in the UK but I wonder for how much longer? Some supermarket own brand chocolate bars are now made abroad too, for example some Tesco chocolate is now made abroad.
Some of the ingredients like cacao have to come from abroad of course (and companies should have an ethical sourcing policy) , but manufacturing should take place in Britain. If products are made in the UK their environmental impact is less because there is no trans-continental transport involved and British chocolate can only be truly British if it is made in Britain.
Britain is famous for having its supermarkets filled with shelf after shelf of chocolate but how much of this chocolate is still British? More and more chocolate makers are moving their production abroad, so please check that the chocolate you are buying is actually made in the UK.