In the Victorian era, Britain was responsible for 40% of the global supply of steel. It may soon produce nearly none at all. Should Tata sell off its sites in Scunthorpe or Port Talbot, following the closure of their Redcar plant last year, Britain would become the only member of the G7 no longer making steel. British steelmaking […]
The manufacture of some British medals is to be off-shored to France according to reports this morning. This will be the first time that any top British honour has been manufactured abroad and the news has apparently provoked anger. It is understood that the CBE medal, the Distinguished Service Order, The Order of the Bath, the […]
From “A Truly British Family” – 2/3/16 – click the link and have your say. 95% of respondents so far think this is wrong!
Ever since James Bond was sent on his first big screen mission in 1962’s Dr No, the most successful franchise in movie history has been a shop window for British manufacturing. Is Spectre, the latest incarnation of Ian Flemings infamous MI5 agent, going to continue to promote brand Britannia? Bond famously has a weakness for British cars. Along side his famous Aston Martin […]
Another great article from A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming. Sharing to widen the audience and promote GB. Thanks British Family. Looking forward to seeing the new Bond film hopefully next week.
Wherever I travel in the world, I make the effort to buy locally made souvenirs and support local people. At the very least I make sure I buy a gift that is actually made in the country I am visiting.
A well written article by British Family which I want to share with you. The problem as I see it is when production is often moved abroad after a foreign takeover. For example, HP Sauce (now owned by Heinz) is now made in the Netherlands, and American owned Cadbury have moved much of their production to Poland.
It is already the case that many British brands are foreign-owned, but the picture is complicated and sometimes foreign investment keeps British jobs in Britain. It’s a two-way street too. The UK has its share of global companies and makes a tidy return from overseas investments.
Countries like India, Japan and the USA all have processes that allow them to block foreign ownership yet we in Britain don’t have anything to protect our strategic companies of national importance from takeover and future asset stripping.
There’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in such a way that it misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK and an assumption by consumers in the UK and abroad that for example all Cadbury chocolate is made in British (because it is still thought of as a British brand).
To be a bit more optimistic, Britain still makes most things, and we do it well.
Another great article from my fellow British bloggers British Family, which I have reproduced below, about brown sauce, that quintessentially British condiment and specifically British made brown sauce. Remembering that HP and Daddies sauces are foreign made these days, there are lots of great alternative British made brown sauces to choose from.
Not Brown and Out… a saucy review