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British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary

A proper paper diary is silent and unobtrusive in use; it has no batteries to go flat; it doesn’t break if you drop it or tread on it; it helps you remember things because you have actually written them down; you can write in it during meetings and so on (when your smart phone will be outside or turned off!); and things don’t get mysteriously deleted. There is the risk of losing your paper diary of course, and unlike a smart phone will not require a passcode, which is something to bear in mind.

When you are getting your next diary, planner or calander please choose a British made one. Before buying, check the inside or back cover and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

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Australian Made and British Made – How the Aussie’s seem to campaign for their country’s manufacturing and farming better than the Brits

A carrier bag advertisiing the Australian Made, Austrain Grown logo, togther with Bruce, an Australian made toy wombat. Photograph by author.

A carrier bag advertising the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo, together with Bruce, an Australian made toy wombat. Photograph by author. October 2015.

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.

On a recent visit to Australia in October 2015 I was impressed by a shop at Sydney airport selling purely Australian made gifts for travellers. The shop, called Purely Australian carries a wide range of Australian made products – fridge magnets, soft toys, wax jackets and bags, microfibre glasses cleaning cloths, sports clothes such as tracksuit tops, jumpers, wooly hats, Akubra hats, fridge magnets, and much more – all made in Australia. Purely Australian is Australia’s leading retailer of Australian clothing, offering a product range that reflects the fundamentals of nature, including Australian grown cotton and fine pure new wool. The Purely Group, which operates this shop, has operated retail outlets for the past fifteen years, with its primary focus on airport retailing throughout Australia. The Purely Australia Sydney Airport branch is located at Pier B after immigration control at Sydney International Airport and if you are in Sydney is a great place to shop. There are other shops at Sydney Airport selling Australian made products too, although Purely Australian seems to be the only selling just Australian made as opposed to some Australian made and mostly Chinese made souvenirs. At British airports and seaports you’ll be lucky to find anything that is not foreign made, which in some ways is strange given that in Great Britain secondary industry produces far more goods than does Australia.

The products on sale at Purely Australian stores mostly seem to carry the Australian Made logo. The Australian Made, Australian Grown logo is administered by Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), a not-for-profit public company established in 1999 by the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and the network of state and territory chambers of commerce, with the cooperation of the Federal Government. AMCL is not a government body and does not receive government funding for its core operations, which are licensing companies to use the logo and promoting Australian products both in Australia and overseas. Originally the campaign and logo were conceived by the government of Australia. The criteria for using the logo are clear – essentially the product has been manufactured in Australia (not just packaged or assembled); and 50% or more of the cost of making it can be attributed to Australian materials and/or production processes; or else grown/produced in Australia, with all of the product’s significant ingredients grown in Australia and all or nearly all of the processing has been carried out in Australia. What I like about both the campaign and the shop are the simple and clear way it is carried forward. In answer to the question “Why buy Australian Made?”, the response is simple too – “It’s good for consumers, it’s good for business and it’s good for Australia.”

My question is why can’t the Brits operate stores at our airports and seaports providing British made souvenirs, in the same way that Purely Australian stores are committed to providing an all-Australian souvenir experience and why can’t the Brits have a simple and clear buy British campaign like the Australian Made one?

http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/shop/retailer-categories/retailer-listing/retailer-detail.aspx?ret=%7B7D44A704-F7D1-42E5-AE2B-AFDE6614618A%7D&ter=%7B0D3AF84A-9190-4416-8EB0-CE3AB1C849F0%7D&cat=%7B0034A969-E784-44E9-80EA-9F445378B06A%7D

http://lsaspac.com/brand/travel-essentials/purely-australian/

https://australianmade.com.au

Purely Australian

The Purely Australian store at Sydney Airport.

Koala Australia microfibre cleaning cloth. Australian Made. Photograph by author.

Koala Australia microfibre cleaning cloth from Purely Australian in Sydney Airport. Australian Made. Photograph by author.

The 1968 I'm Backing Britain campaign

A carrier bag advertising the 1968 I’m Backing Britain campaign.

A Made in England label

A Made in England label.

There are a few Buy British campaigns currently running, such as those promoting the use of the logos below:

John Lewis's Made in UK logo. 21.09.2012

John Lewis’s ‘Made in UK’ logo as of September 2012. This logo never really came to fruition and seems to have been quietly dropped. John Lewis have though committed to increase sales of UK made products by 15% by the end of 2015/16 from a 2011/12 baseline. Whilst it is great to see a major player in retail committing to a number, JLP still fails to state country of origin on their website and on some of their products, and still sells mostly foreign made goods these days. Waitrose, like other supermarkets, sells much UK made foodstuff and pleasingly have clearly committed to continue to do so.

Red Tractor logo. The top part of the logo indicates quality assurance, whilst the flag part of the logo indicates provenance. Only Red Tracor logos carrying the Union Flag are British made; other flags indicate a food is foreign produced and / or processed.

Red Tractor logo. The top part of the logo indicates food quality assurance, whilst the flag part of the logo indicates provenance. Only Red Tractor logos carrying the Union Flag are British made; other flags indicate a food is foreign produced and / or processed.

UK food self-sufficiiecy is now just 62%, down from 75% in 1991, according to the NFU

UK food self-sufficiiecy is now just 62%, down from 75% in 1991, according to the NFU.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Great British Furniture (GBF) logo. IT IS Great British Furniture is an initiative to promote British made furniture run by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) furniture trade association. It aims to promote UK made upholstery, cabinets, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, office furniture, mattresses and beds. This logo was taken from the Hypnos website.

Great British Furniture (GBF) logo. IT IS Great British Furniture is an initiative to promote British made furniture run by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) furniture trade association. It aims to promote UK made upholstery, cabinets, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, office furniture, mattresses and beds. This logo was taken from the Hypnos website.

There are physical shops in the UK, like Things British, that only sell gifts and souvenirs that are made in the UK but non at Britain’s ports and airports that I am aware of. There are some local shops only selling British, like Buford WoodcraftJail Dornoch at Inverness Airport is one of the few gift shops at a British airport that does sell quite a few British made items but still alongside much that is foreign made. There are gift shops who sell a good range of British made gifts (alongside Chinese made tat), such as some of the museum gift shops – The London Transport Museum shop, and the National Trust shops.

On the web there are sites selling only British made such as Things British (selling only British made gifts, and supporting British designer-makers), Made in These Isles (selling British made clothes, accessories, homeware, beauty products, furniture, lifestyle products, etc; all products are “produced from within the geographical region of the British Isles”), The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers), The Great British Home (selling gifts, and homeware made in the UK), From Britain with Love (Scandinavian inspired homeware, accessories and gifts made in Britain) and DreamGB (selling British made gifts and everyday products), Pickle (“All of our products are made in the UK” they tell us – throws, picnic rugs, kitchen ware, vases, children’s shoes, toys, cards, jewellery, Christmas decorations and so on), Make The Most Of (an online networking community and seller of British goods and services direct from the providers; although the site promotes British business I do not think everything they sell is British made) and others selling gifts and more like Made Closer, Handmade GB and Not on the High Street that clearly label country of origin and sell some British made gifts.  There are gift manufacturing companies too like Custom Works (trade only; they manufacture more than 50 product lines here in their factory in Bo’ness, Scotland, with everything else they sell being imported). Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap.

There are many more companies making gift items in the UK too of course. There are websites encouraging us to buy British such as Buy British, British Family, British Made for Quality, Made in Britain, Back British Farming by the NFU, and of course my site ukmade, but non supported by the British government.

The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers) product qualifying criteria. I don’t know much about this site, but seemingly only British made goods are sold by them and they consider where raw materials and packaging come from.

The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers) product qualifying criteria. I don’t know much about this site, but seemingly only British made goods are sold by them and they consider where raw materials and packaging come from. A useful matrix for all of us.

If you travel to say Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, France, or Thailand, you can easily find plenty of products that are made domestically. In this article by the British Family, James explains that they had a similar experience recently in Italy and were impressed by the number of domestically produced items easily available. As James challenges us to do in this article about Italy, look around the any British high street and see if you can find anything made in Britain!

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. I  encourage you to buy products that are made in the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) and British Overseas Territories and if buying non-British made items I would encourage you to look at goods manufactured within the Commonwealth first. When buying a jumper, a piece of furniture or a bag of apples, do you check to see where it has come from? Why not make a conscious preference to buy British made? You may have to look that bit harder as lots of goods on the High Street are foreign made these days, but Britain still makes most things. I’m backing Britain. Are you?

#BritishMade

British Made Soft Furnishings, Furnishing Fabrics, Haberdashery, Antimacassars, Chair Arm Covers, and Cushions

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 London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These 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.html

The Cluny Lace Company Limited (Cluny Lace Co Ltdis a long established, independent lace making company. Their purposely designed factory, built around the turn of the century to hold the specialised lace machines, is situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the heart of the United Kingdom. Minimum order quantities apply. All production takes place in Great Britain – http://www.clunylace.com

Aidan Sweeney, a traditional gentlemen’s outfitters shop in Brecon’s historic Market Arcade founded in 1986, sell British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in lace or tapestry. Also available online from their website. You may also find a few other British made items on their website such as braces, belts, gloves, handkerchiefs, and caps, although looking around their website most products appear to be foreign made – http://www.aidansweeney.co.uk

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017. Label view.

Connollys of York (Connollys Homestyle Ltd) sell a wide range of British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in a variety of fabrics. Connollys is a shop in York and website selling soft furnishings, curtains, net curtains, bedding, hardware, china, glassware, electrical goods, clocks, (including alarm clocks), and a variety of gifts and collectables. You may also find a few other British made items in their shop such as saucepans, food containers, cookware such as roasting tins, and cushions – http://www.connollysonline.co.uk

ODD make their garden furniture, in England. All ODD’s Fabrics are available by the metre and are printed in England and woven in Scotland. They clothes and bags are made in England., as are their blankets, throws, cushions and pouffes. Their tribal rugs are foreign made – http://www.oddlimited.com

Cushions Online cushions are made in the UK and they say on their website “All our products are made to the same exacting standards in our Lancaster workshops”. They have a wide range of cushions available online and have been manufacturing cushions since 1985 – http://www.cushionsonline.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

Avalon Home say on their twitter tagline “We offer uniquely designed luxury floor and scatter cushions made in Great Britain. We pride ourselves on creating modern bright designs for adults & children” – avalohome.com

Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com

The National Trust sell some British made cushions. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including diaries, calendars, oven gloves, greetings cards, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

The London Cloth Company sell a range of British made cushions, made in London at a factory near their mill and using their own milled cloth – http://www.londoncloth.com/store-3/#!/Homewares/c/9998006/offset=0&sort=normal

Bertie and Jack framed prints and cushions are made in England. No information is given on their website about where the materials they use are made. They have a market stall in Bath and are one of my twitter followers – http://www.bertieandjack.co.uk

The Pattern Guild make their products in England. They say on their website “Our products are made in England using the best materials in order to guarantee quality in every single product.
Our fabric is also printed and woven in England.” They sell made in England sweatshirts, canvas weekend bags, tote bags, pouches, pencil cases, scarves, cushions, card holders, and greetings cards. They also sell t-shirts which are screen printed in London, although the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. They have a stall on London’s Covent Garden market, which is where I first saw this company on 20/1/16 and the products look really good – http://thepatternguild.co.uk

Vintage Cushions bespoke and off-the shelf range of cushions are made “using a marvellous and eclectic range of vintage fabrics and trimmings. All are British-made, designed and lovingly hand sewn by fabric devotee Nichollette Yardley-Moore” – http://www.vintagecushions.com

VERITY Truly British say on their twitter tagline “Luxury limited edition attire and exclusive homeware collections. Truly British- Made in Great Britain.” They say on their website “The ethos of the company is simple; quality British made clothing made from quality British fabrics.” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so I would check before buying. Ladies neck-wraps, corsets, and waistcoats, plus cushions, AGA Chef’s Pads, oven gloves, and aprons – http://www.veritytrulybritish.co.uk

Nicholson and Walcot scarves, tote bags, cushions and toy bags are made in England – http://nicholsonandwalcot.co.uk

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, but do check – http://justwooltextiles.co.uk

I saw some Voyage Maison (Voyage Decoration) cushions in Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12).  Nice products and I note from their website that Voyage Maison only manufacture their cushions and accessories in the UK – http://voyagemaison.co.uk/about-voyage-maison.php

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

I also saw cushions featuring VW T2s, British Bulldogs and the like in  Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12) which are made in England by Evans Lichfield (Trade Only).

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 3, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Churchill Cushion, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 1, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled VW Cushion, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Emma Burningham are a textile and paper design company, producing fabrics suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and dressmaking and also make greeting cards and wrapping paper, as well as wash bags, cushions and other accessories – all manufactured in the UK – http://www.emilyburningham.com

Lily Matthews cushions and garden cushions look nice.  From their facebook page it appears everything is British designed and made, but do check before buying as I have no experience of this company.

https://www.facebook.com/LilyMatthewsHome/info

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

British Passport Cushion – Made in England at notonthehighstreet.com

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/goodwinandgoodwin/product/british-passport-cushion

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. £45.95

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. Made in England. £45.95

http://www.huttonsdirect.com/shop/gift_ideas/celebrating_britain/british_made_jute_cushion

From a range of made in England cushions and the like by Barbara Coupe.

http://www.barbaracoupe.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=48&sort=orderby&sort_direction=0&page=1

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 excellent household cushions. It says on their website which products are British made.

http://www.petnhome.co.uk

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) - COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) – COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

For cushion inners Woolsoft make 100% British wool filled insert pads for cushions, floor cushions, dog beds etc.

http://www.woolsoft.co.uk

Yo Kawaii make cute cushion. 100% made in the UK, inspired by Japan ^-^

http://www.cushionfriends.co.uk

Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Yo Kawaii Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Sara Norwood dog (and cat) themed cushion covers are presumably made in the UK as her website says they are handmade in Brighton – http://www.saranorwood.co.uk

L&S Prints are a printing company in Yorkshire specialising in printed fabrics including custom printed fabrics, cushions, bar runners and, introduced in 2015, their new Caseskinz suitcase covers. Some of their cushions are designed, printed and made in England; others are printed in England and I assume foreign made. They do not say where their machine washable bar runners are made and printed, so you will want to check before buying as they may be foreign made. Their scarves and snoods are made and printed in England. On their website they say “Every Caseskin is made to order.. Buy British..”. The origin of the fabrics they use is not stated on their website. Cushions include seasonal designs, anniversary designs, personalised designs, travel cushions, and cushions for the home and prices are very reasonable – http://www.lsprints.co.uk

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

3 On The Shelf cushions are made in Great Britain and come with British made filling – http://3ontheshelf.co.uk

Tomato Catshop design and sell British made cushions with cats, donkeys and dogs on them, as well as British made animal themed mugs, tea towels and so on – http://tomatocatshop.co.uk

ABO London sells made in England cushions (featuring scenes from London parks), as well as greetings cards and silk scarves – http://www.abolondon.com

The Little Button Co soft furnishings range is made in the UK in Yorkshire. They also sell a few imported items but UK made goods are labelled as such on their website. Online or they have a shop in Leeds. Cushions, ceramics, memo boards, and lampshades – https://www.thelittlebuttonco.co.uk

Click for Art / This is a Limited Edition do a range of English made cushions.

http://www.thisisalimitededition.com

http://www.clickforart.com

Simon C Page - Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Simon C Page – Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Evans Lichfield Ltd are Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Distributor of Scatter Cushions, Seat Pads, Draught Excluders and Throws. They only supply to the trade, supplying directly to high street stores and small independent retailers. They manufacture some products in Lichfield and import others from China. UK made products are labeled as such on their website. Fabrics are sourced from the UK, Europe and the Far East, but it does not say where fabrics are from for individual products on their website. Some products are filled at their Lichfield factory, but it does not say which or where the filling is sourced from on their website. They do not say where their care labelling, zips and any other trimmings are made. They do not say where their swing tags and packaging is made. Looking around the website on 1st September 2015, most products are imported but it is possible to select from a good range of British made products still and the following ranges are made in the UK – cats draught excluder, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady cushions, a tapestry seat pad, Stag Party cushions and a draft excluders, Sea Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Scooter Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Paddington Bear cushions, Nautical cushions, a Martini Ladies draft excluder, Flags cushions and draft excluders, a Crowns cushion, Ann Edwards cushions, and a Yoga Dogs draft excluder. They no longer seem to make bean bags. They also do a bespoke service with a minimum order quantity of 50 – http://www.evanslichfield.co.uk

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18"X13" UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18″X13″ UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Anthony Hughes cushions are made in Britain, as is their collection of digitally printed wallpapers and drum light shades – http://anthony-hughes.co.uk

Made in Britain Technology Cases – iPad, iPhone, Nokia, Xperia, etc. – cases, covers and stands

Your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Xperia, Kindle (or other mobile devices) are made in China by an American (or possibly Japanese or South Korean) company but you can save the day a bit by getting an iPhone and iPad case / cover that is made in the UK. You need to protect your delicate device and you might as well do it with a nice British made cover. To prop up your iPad, iPhone, etc. I also found some British made stands. These are some of the ones that I found on the net (prices, where given, will be plus P&P if you buy online and prices may have changed since I wrote this article).

Aquapac (waterproof bags and cases) make all of their submersible cases (the cases with the hard grey clamp on) in London. The rest of their products are either made in China or Taiwan. http://store.aquapac.net

Aquapac Mini Whanganui waterproof case. Made in England.

Aquapac Mini Whanganui waterproof case. Made in England.

Urofoam (ukstressballs) in Cheshire, founded in 1988, make stressballs in England. Not just stress balls but stress balls in a wide variety of custom shapes. They sell these as a promotional items to companies for marketing campaigns. Urofoam say they are “the leading manufacturer and distributer of stressballs and foam balls in the western world…” Urofoam make foam footballs, indoor and outdoor foam sports balls, footbeds for shoes, car components, operating theatre equipment, medical furniture, playground equipment, baby changing mats, branded bar furniture, wheelchair cushions, mobile phone holders and specialised foam mouldings. At one point they also made shoes (as Softwalker Ltd from 2001 to closing the operation down in 2010). They say they “…produce everything in-house..”. They say that they are the only manufacturer of stress balls in Europe and they say “our stressballs are manufactured completely in the UK for maximum quality.”. Their factory is in Askam-in-Furness in Cumbria. They are also the maker of the gripsta mobile phone holder or stand, which they say is “completely UK manufactured”. They describe this as a fun and squidgy phone accessory that fits iPhone, HTC, Blackberry, Samsung, LG, Nokia and all other leading smartphone models. The Gripsta is a stand for your iPhone, other mobile phone or iPod made of foam (the same foam you’d find in a stress ball.). I should imagine it is great for watching films, as a mobile phone shoulder rest, and as a soft grip mobile phone holder, for use at home or in the office. In bright colours, Gripsta could also be used as a car mobile phone holder I think. It measures approximately 100mm x 70mm x 55mm and I imagine it would fit over any bumper and screen protector you might be using. On their website they say “Gripsta is a new gadget made in our own factory here in the UK” – http://ukstressballs.co.uk – http://gripsta.co.uk

Gripsta Universal Smartphone Holder / Stand. Made in the UK.

Party People sell UK made mouse mats, rectangular or circular shaped, in a variety of fun designs. If you click on a particular mouse mat the words ‘made in the UK’ are clearly shown in red towards the top of the screen. They also have an eBay shop where they sell these mouse mats. The company’s other products all appear to be foreign made – http://www.partypeople.company/mouse-mats.html

Party People UK made mouse mat, letter M. Available in rectangular or circular shapes. Polyester topped and backed mouse mats, 3mm thick. Suitable for optical and track ball mouses. Rectangle mouse mats are 22cm by 18cm; Circle mouse mat have a diameter of 20cm. 100% waterproof and durable.

Fraser and Parsley sell some UK made iPhone cases. Their other items seem to be foreign made – http://fraserandparsley.com/collections/phone-cases

étoile Home say on their website “…we are very proud to support our home grown industry, with the vast majority of our products not only being designed in England, but also made in England.” Their range includes polycarbonate slim line iPhone cases, aprons, shopping bags, overnight bags, tote bags, hand bags, clutch bags, vanity bags, wash bags, cosmetic bags, tea towels, some of their fabric napkins, and some of their cushions are made in England. Their laundry bags, some of their fabric napkins, table clothes and table runners are foreign made. Their fabric by the meter, and presumably the fabric they use for their products, is printed in England but presumably foreign made (as they do not say it is made in England) – http://www.etoile-home.com

Samantha Warren London printed phone cases are made made in the UK. They also sell made in the UK clutch bags, wash bags, scarves, and cushions – http://www.samanthawarren.co.uk/collections/iphone-cases

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 London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These 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.html

Moquette technology cases in the London Transport Museum shop, 20th January 2016. Made in Shropshire, England.

Moquette technology cases in the London Transport Museum shop, 20th January 2016. Made in Shropshire, England. Photograph by author.

Glass Guard liquid applied screen protection claims on their twitter stream to “Make your screen almost diamond hard, water repellent, antibacterial, increased clarity NO BUBBLES” and it is “Made in the UK” – http://www.glass-guard.com

Standeazy credit card sized phone stand for smartphones are “designed, manufactured, printed and packaged in the UK” according to the company, who say they are made by local suppliers in the Midlands. This is not mentioned on their website – http://www.standeazy.co.uk

Crank phone cases are made in England – http://crankcases.co.uk

Crank telephone box phone case. Made in England.

Crank British telephone box i-phone case. Made in England.

PIPÉT sell Men’s and Women’s Scarves and Accessories (such as men’s pocket squares, pouches, and technology covers) “printed and handmade in England” according to their Facebook page. I first saw their iPad sleeves on the Unique and Unity web shop – http://pipetdesign.com

Black Flare “Doughnut” phone stands are made (3-D printed) in Great Britain – http://www.black-flare.com

Ideal Cases ‘design-your-own’ phone cases are made in the UK, as are Your Case Place ‘design-your-own’ phone cases according to their websites – http://idealcases.co.uk – http://www.yourcaseplace.com

Anu exclusive leather technology accessories are made in Britain using british leather – For Apple, Samsung, and Kindle; they also make a couple of wallets – http://www.anucase.co.uk

Sourced make a range of British made Truck Tarp macbook cases – http://www.sourcedlife.co.uk

BUKcase book bound technology cases are made in the UK – http://bukcase.co.uk

Chel&Ford leather iPad satchel. Made in the UK. £29.95 on ebay

BoBelle have some made in England leather iPhone and iPad cases and a card case.

Small Castle make some smartphone cases.  Made in England.

Raw Leather make some leather smartphone cases.  Made in England.

Patrona make phone wallets and in-car holder systems for smartphones using British steel and Italian leather and a shirt carry case. All products manufactured in the UK.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com stock a range of British made iPhone cases (look for the words “made in britain” when choosing) from £22 (+ they have a range of wallets).

Foldio wool iPad and iPhone cases. Made in the UK. £7.95 – £14.95

Lavenham Jackets do a range of made in England iPad and laptop cases. From around £70.

GiliNix sell some UK made iPhone, iPad and iPad mini cases. Having looked at their site again, they do not say they are made in the UK and we can assume they are foreign made.

Bigxtop make a phone pouch. All Bigxtop bags are made in the UK.

Intelligent Armour camouflage iPad and iphone cases. Made in the UK.

Heritage Leathergoods Co. leather iPad case. £19.95 on ebay

British Museum wool iPad case. Made in Britain. £40

Shipton Heneage leather iPad case. Made in England. £235

iPartsUK fabric iPad cover. Made in England. £9.99

The Merchant Fox leather iPad case. Made in England. £250

Tusting leather iPad and iPhone cases. Made in England. £75 – £99

Heather and Links leather iPad case. Made in England. £149.95

Daines and Hathaway leather iPad case. Made in England. £235

John Lewis tweed iPad case. Made using genuine Harris Tweed from Scotland but it may not be made in the UK. £40

Reefer recycledsailcloth iPad cases and iPhone cases. Made in England. £17.50 – £49.75

Case Closed wool felt iPad and iPhone cases. Made in Oxford, England. The material though is German wool felt. The iPad case is available in sizes to fit with or without the Apple Smart Cover. £14 – £26

Wrappers wool felt iPad and iPhone cases. Made in Oxford, England. The material though is German wool felt. The iPad case is available in sizes to fit with or without the Apple Smart Cover. £17 – £26

Aukward fabric book style iPad cases. Made in Britain. £119

Alexenda Cayless tweed / leather iPad case. Made in London, England. £120

Breffo spider iPad and iPhone stands. British made. £14.95 – £24.95

Intelligent Touch iPad stands. Kind of flat screen arms. Made in the UK. £59.95 upward

Flatscreen Arms iPad arms. Made in the UK. £150 upward

Woodpad simple wooden iPad and iPhone stands. Made in Britain. £5.50 for a keyring iPhone stand. £20 for an iPad stand

Pendle Products metal iPad stand. Made in England. £25

Pemberton & Milner sell British made technology cases for iPads, iPhones and the like, as well as games, watch cases and bespoke other small leather products for corporate promotion.

Cushcase fabric and plastic iPad cases. Made in England (according to their Twitter – http://twitter.com/cushcase). Very nice quality and price. £13.99 – £16.99

CushCase iPhone 6 / 6S Plus Leather Case Pouch Sleeve for Apple iPhone 6 / 6S Plus 5.5 inch - Genuine Leather - Black - Made in England.

CushCase iPhone 6 / 6S Plus Leather Case Pouch Sleeve for Apple iPhone 6 / 6S Plus 5.5 inch – Genuine Leather – Black – Made in England.

Leather iPhone 6/6S Plus case by Cushcase. Made in England.

Leather iPhone 6/6S Plus case by Cushcase. Made in England. Protect your iPhone from scratches and scuffs. Photograph by author.

Marlborough World leather iPad, iPhone, kindle cases + hip flasks, bags, and desk accessories. Made in England – http://www.marlboroughworld.com

John Smedley Cherchbi iPad sleeve. British made. £110

The Ashdown Workshop make iPhone and iPad cases, from £40 and £85 respectively.

Tough-PAC heavy duty iPad cases. Made in Britain. About £150. Not sure where you would buy this from.

Alfie Douglas leather goods are made in England and they sell some technology cases – http://alfiedouglas.com

E.P.J. Seymour wallets and iPhone cases are all made in England – http://www.epjseymour.com

Hanson of London exclusive leather goods are made in England, including iPad and iPad mini cases – http://www.hansonoflondon.com

Tom Brown’s Satchels are made in Britain, as are their e-reader cases. They also sell trunks but it does not say on their website that these are made in Britain, so check before considering buying these, as they are very possibly foreign made – http://www.tombrownssatchelsoxford.com

Magicpotion Anti-Bacterial Screen & Lens Cleaning Spray for electronic device screens is made in the UK. I assume the other products that MediaDevil sell are foreign made – http://mediadevil.com/index.php/browse-by-product/others/magicpotion/magicpotion-screen-cleaning-kit-50ml-edition.html?___SID=U

Padprop are fab devices for holding you iPad (mine broke after less than a year though, but was promptly replaced for free by Padprop when I complained). I assume that they are made in China. I asked the company but they ignored my email. http://www.padprop.co.uk/

British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary

A proper paper diary is silent and unobtrusive in use; it has no batteries to go flat; it doesn’t break if you drop it or tread on it; it helps you remember things because you have actually written them down; and you can write in it during meetings and so on (when your smart phone will be outside or turned off!).

When you are getting your next diary, planner or calander please choose a British made one. Before buying, check the inside or back cover and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

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