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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; 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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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.

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).

Letts (Letts Filofax Group Ltd. / Charles Letts & Co Ltd. / HSGP Investments) offer a wide range of diaries starting the week on a Sunday or starting the week on a Monday, day-per-page, and so on, some of which are made in the UK. Letts have manufacturing facilities in Scotland and abroad. Until recently Letts products have not generally stated country of origin, so you had to ask them direct if a product is made in the UK or not. I am pleased to say that from 2014 diaries Letts are clearly identifying which of their dairies are made in the UK with the words “Made in Great Britain” on the back. If buying from the Letts website you will still need to ask whether the diary you want is made in the UK as provenance is not shown on their website. Letts also produce calendars, notebooks, address books and visitor books; again you will have to look at the products or ask to find out if any of them are made in the UK.

All Filofax inserts and covers used to be made in the UK.  Sadly this is no longer the case and many of their products are now foreign made. However Filofax have told me that most of their diaries and papers are still printed here in the UK (but, annoying they no longer seem to put country of origin on their paper insert products) and that their Original range of organisers are also produced in the UK, so it is not all bad news. A few of their note books are made in the UK. With careful shopping you can still get a UK made filofax – look for the words “made in England” before buying. There’s a filofax size guide here. Filofax do a Sunday start week-on-2-pages diary insert, in Personal size for example, but most diaries are Monday start.

http://www.letts.co.uk

http://www.filofax.co.uk

This website provides a bit more info on the Letts Filofax Group – http://madeintheuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/letts-filofax-group-ltd-diaries.html. Filofax was bought by Letts in 2001. In 2012 the company was acquired by HSGP Investments, which is owned by Canadian entrepreneur Harolde Savoy and British entrepreneur, and chief executive of Letts, Mr Gordon PreslyPhilofaxy in France did a tour of the Letts Filofax factory in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, in 2013 and there is a write-up and some pictures of the factory on their website. Letts produced the world’s first pre-printed diary in 1812, calling it the “Commercial Diary“. The origins of Filofax go back as far as the First World War.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary. Made in Great Britain.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary week to view Sunday start. Made in Great Britain.

Letts Ladydate mini pocket week to view Sunday start pencil gold. Made in Great Britain

Letts Ladydate mini pocket week to view Sunday start pencil gold. Made in Great Britain. Height 102mm, width 68mm, depth around 6mm.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015. Made in Great Britain (front view).

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015, week-to-view across 2 pages, Sunday start, with pencil. Made in Great Britain (front view). Photograph by author.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015. Made in Great Britain (rear view). Photo by author.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015, week-to-view, Sunday start, with pencil. Made in Great Britain (rear view). Photo by author. The words “made in Great Britain” on the back can be seen. Photograph by author.

Filofax Original Patent Personal Organiser in black. Made in the UK

Filofax Original Patent Personal Organiser in black. Made in the UK.

LADYDATE MEDIUM POCKET WEEK TO VIEW DIARY - ENGLISH. Medium Pocket Gold product code: 16-TLADYSLIM. Sunday week start. Front view.

LADYDATE MEDIUM POCKET WEEK TO VIEW DIARY – ENGLISH 2016. Medium Pocket Gold product code: 16-TLADYSLIM. Sunday week start. Front view. Height 148mm, width 80mm. Includes an innovative pencil hidden in the spine.

LADYDATE MEDIUM POCKET WEEK TO VIEW DIARY - ENGLISH 2016. Medium Pocket Gold product code: 16-TLADYSLIM. Sunday week start. Inside view.

LADYDATE MEDIUM POCKET WEEK TO VIEW DIARY – ENGLISH 2016. Medium Pocket Gold product code: 16-TLADYSLIM. Sunday week start. Inside view.

Smythson diaries seem to all be made in England. They do not specify country of origin for the inside papers on their website but Smythson told me in August 2015 that they mill their own paper in United Kingdom, and that the printing and hand binding is produced just outside of London.  Also, they told me that their “Feather weight paper has been specially milled for use with a fountain pen.” All the Smythson dairies I have seen on their website start the week with a Monday and they are not able to offer a Sunday start instead. Country of origin is not given on their website for their leather organisers. Their organiser refills (Monday week start only; personal and pocket sizes) are all made in England. Smythson page-per-day diaries give a whole page for Saturday and a whole page for Sunday. Their pocket Memoranda diaries have a week-to-view facing a notes page, as do some of their mid-sized diaries. They also do desk diaries in various layouts. Their diaries run from November to January (e.g. November 2015 to January 2017). Some of their diaries are rather exclusively priced. You can presumably see their diaries in their shops, for example at their New Bond Street shop in London. Their diaries can be personalised with initials and little pictures. Disappointingly, Sunday week start diaries are not available from Smythson. You can also find other made in England products on their website, such as their correspondence cards, but many of their other products are foreign made – http://www.smythson.com

Smythson Bijou organiser 2015 diary refill, week-to-view, Monday start. Made in England.

Smythson Bijou organiser 2015 diary refill, week-to-view, Monday start. Made in England.

Smythson black 2016 Memoranda diary. Monday start with notes page facing. Made in England.

Smythson black 2016 Memoranda diary. Monday start with notes page facing. Made in England.

Aspinal of London – Despite the name, Aspinal of London products are nearly all foreign made. On their Facebook page they say “Aspinal of London’s covetable contemporary classics are all handcrafted in the finest factories in Europe. Some families of bags and all of the brands stationery and notebooks are made entirely in England, some with English hardware, leather and fabric linings.” Their diaries for example are made in England. Of their diaries on their website they say “Leather Diaries from Aspinal of London are individually handmade in England in our own workshops by genuine leather and bookbinding master craftsmen and women.” They do not mention the country of origin of the diary innards. The country of origin of the leather used is either not specified or Italian. They do not give country of origin for their personal organisers and their organiser refills look foreign made. Day per Page or Week to View (Monday start only) formats. Pocket, A6, A5, or A4 sizes. Can be personalised with initials. – https://www.aspinaloflondon.com

National Trust calendars and diaries are all made in the UK” (for 2016 in any case). Most of the calendars I have looked at on their website started the week with a Monday, but some start on the week on a Sunday, or start the month on the 1st in a list view. Their 2016 year planner diary (week-to-view) starts the week on a Monday. Their slimchart diary does not say what day of the week it starts on. Their small pocket (week-to-view) dairy starts on a Sunday. Their family dairy starts the week on a Monday. Their engagement diary starts the week on a Monday, as does their 2016 desk diary – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk/calendars-diaries/c225

National Trust 2016 Small Pocket Diary. Sunday start. “Exclusively made for the National Trust in the UK.”

National Trust 2016 Small Pocket Diary. Sunday start. “Exclusively made for the National Trust in the UK.”

Weeks view of the 2016 National Trust Small Pocket Diary. Sunday start. “Exclusively made for the National Trust in the UK.”

Weeks view of the 2016 National Trust Small Pocket Diary. Sunday start. “Exclusively made for the National Trust in the UK.” 108mm (h) x 80mm (w) x 10mm (d).

2016 National Trust Family Organiser. Made in the UK. I like the simple innovative use of colums in this calendar.

2016 National Trust Family Organiser. Made in the UK. I like the simple innovative use of columns in this calendar. 1st of the month start.

Paperchase diaries are mostly made in China, but the odd one is “printed in the UK”. It’s worth checking out the diaries in their shops as the year progresses and looking for UK made Paperchase dairies. For example I  found a 2016 A6 page-per-day diary in Paperchase in Dubai in August 2015. Sadly country of origin is not generally given on their website. Most products in Paperchase are foreign made – http://www.paperchase.co.uk

Organiser Papers (by Office Insource Limited) make functional paper inserts. All their products are produced in the UK. On their website (as of 5th April 2015) is says “All our products are created and produced by ourselves here in the UK…” The Marvellous Miss Jones range is their retail range of filofax compatible personal or A5 sized inserts and products include weekly planners (Monday-Sunday), to do lists, budget planners, milage record sheets, exercise planners, diet planners, expenses forms, appointment logs, weekly timetables, etc – http://organiserpapers.com

Toad Diaries are “made in Britain” according to the first page of their website. Toad bespoke allows you to personalise the cover, format and date ranges of their diaries, planners, organisers, and notebooks. For individual consumers or branded for businesses and organisations. “Any start day, any start month, any duration”. There should be no trouble in getting a Sunday start diary from Toad then. Toad (which stands for ‘today or any day’) belong to TG Media Visions Ltd. Sizes available are A5 (148 x 210mm), Quarto (237 x 177mm) and A4 (210 x 297mm); no A6 (105 x 148mm) or pocket size. Toad told me, in August 2015, that they hope to be able to offer a pocket size option in the future, but at present the only sizes available for one-off online purchases are A5, Quarto and A4. Wiro bound. You can have a diary with a note page opposite a week-to-view, which few British manufacturers offer, week-to-view on 2 facing pages, page-a-day, and more options. You can start the week on any day. You can specify the duration of your diary and the start date. They also sell off-the-shelf diaries and some foreign made items such as Swedish made pens and Collins organisers. There’s a review of Toad custom made diaries here – http://www.toaddiaries.co.uk

Photograpghs of an A5 Slim Diary, in Fuchsia, made by Toad Diaries for the Clearly Bex review mwnioned above. 1 week to 2 page view starting from January 2015 to run for 13 months.

Photograpghs of an A5 Slim Diary, in Fuchsia, made by Toad Diaries for the Clearly Bex review mentioned above. 1 week to 2 page view starting from January 2015 to run for 13 months.

Go Stationery make wire-bound and bound diaries in London, England. Go Stationery, together with their other brands, also make notebooks, ring binders, address books, note cards, postcards, gift wrap, placemats, coasters, calendars, products for museums, greetings cards, etc and do printing generally on paper and plastics. Page-per-day or Monday start week-on-2-pages dairies. A5 and A6 sizes. Very nice diaries. There is a review here and here and also here. Go Stationery 2016 diaries are available via their website, on Amazon and in stores such as John Lewis.

Go Stationery also do a bespoke service for diaries and other stationery and make branded diaries for many well-known retailers and well known museums. Of their bespoke diaries they say “GO Stationery produces bespoke stationery in small or large quantities…” and “Everything is designed and made by us in London, nothing is sub-contracted and nothing is on the slow boat from China!”. As they say they will produce in small quantities they might make a diary specially for an individual customer, although one may be too small a quantity for them?

http://www.gostationery.net

Go Stationery Animal Friends - Dogs A6 2014 full year diary page per day. Made in England

Go Stationery Animal Friends – Dogs A6 2014 full year diary page per day. Made in England.

Go Sationery 365 Cerise A6 2016 full year diary.

Go Sationery 365 Cerise A6 2016 full year diary.

Go Sationery 365 Cerise A6 2016 full year diary, page layout.

Go Sationery 365 Cerise A6 2016 full year diary, page layout.

 

 

Go Stationery 2014 Hearts Diary, weekend page layout. Note the weekend is combined onto one page. From a review at Everyday Concepts

Go Stationery 2014 Hearts Diary, weekend page layout. Note the weekend is combined onto one page. From a review at Everyday Concepts

Go Stationery Stag - A6 2016 full year diary. Page-per-day layout (Saturday and Sunday on one page). Elastic closer. 140mm x 105mm.

Go Stationery Stag – A6 2016 full year diary. Page-per-day layout (Saturday and Sunday on one page). Elastic closer. 140mm x 105mm. This Stag diary and their owl and pheasant diaries see a donation being made to the Woodland Trust by Go Stationery.  A matching chunky notebook is also available. The pheasant diary is also available on the Woodland Trust website.

Organise-Us make diaries, address books, notebooks, visitors books and so on. It states on their facebook page “A range of beautiful products to organise busy lifestyles. All of our stationery is proudly Made in England and is complemented by lovely leather goods” and on their website it says “All of our diaries are made in England”. They told me in August 2015 that “everything is printed, bound and finished in England”. All their diaries are made in England then, but perhaps not their leather goods and other products, as no country of origin is given for many of these. They say on their twitter “Our stationery is made in England” implying everything else is foreign made. Their Botany House Candles are made in England. Their dairies all start the week with a Monday. Organise-Us do not make Sunday start dairies which is a shame. Nice looking diaries – http://www.organise-us.com

Leathersmith of London make their beautiful diaries in England. Mini dairies, pocket diaries, desk diaries, and 5-year diaries. It is good that they do Sunday start diaries, as well as Monday start diaries, although most of their dairies start the week on a Monday. A few desk diaries are page-per-day (with full pages for Saturday and Sunday). Leathersmith quality leather bound books, diaries, leather gifts & accessories, have been manufactured in England, since 1839. On their website they say “Our books are crafted and bound at our own bindery in Essex, just outside London, using high quality soft leather, our trademark light weight Azure paper, gold stamping and edging.” Diary personalisation is available for an extra fee. Leathersmith of London belongs to Neale Dataday Limited (see below) – http://www.leathersmith.co.uk

Leathersmith 313R-R The Windsor Diary - Week to View. Sunday start. The Windsor is their smallest diary at 76 x 51 mm. Made in England. Inside view.

Leathersmith 313R-R The Windsor Diary – Week to View. Sunday start. The Windsor is their smallest diary at 76 x 51 mm. Made in England. Inside view.

Leathersmith 313R-R The Windsor Diary - Week to View. Sunday start. The Windsor is their smallest diary at 76 x 51 mm. Made in England. Front view.

Leathersmith 313R-R The Windsor Diary – Week to View. Sunday start. The Windsor is their smallest diary at 76 x 51 mm. Made in England. Front view.

Neale Dataday Limited (aka Canvey Island Bindery Company Limited). I wrote to this company in August 2015 to ask whether all or some of their dairies, planners and calendars are made in England, but disappointingly they have not bother to respond. They have their own bindery in Essex, so some products may be made in the UK. Their Leathersmith dairies (see above) are made in England. They sell a wide range of dairies, calendars, and year planners, including both Sunday and Monday start diaries. They Neale Corporate brochure says the following “whilst focusing its efforts on Marketing, Sales and Distribution, the Company continues to maintain a small but highly skilled bookbindery producing high quality products” suggesting most of their products are made elsewhere and presumably foreign made. Their Datedly site, their Lloyd’s Diaries site, their Sherwood Diaries site, and their Diaries Direct site, all fail to give country of origin information. I think then it can be safely assumed that the vast majority of Neal Dataday diaries, planners and calendars are foreign made, excepting their Leathersmith range.

Debrett’s diaries (leather bound, Monday start, with etiquette information, desk or pocket sized) are all UK made and bound. This was confirmed to me by email on 28 August 2015, but is not mentioned on their website – http://www.debretts.com

Lily Matthews diaries 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. I’m not sure that Lily Matthews are selling diaries since 2013 – http://www.lilymatthews.co.uk

Under Cover make a small variety of leather bound diaries and organisers in the UK. They don’t give much information about them on their website though. Week-to-view (Monday week start only) or page-per-day dairies. They do not give much detail about the contents and they do not say where the contents are made. These leather bound dairies come in a wide choice of colours and are very reasonably priced. They can be personalised with text but that will cost you an additional £15. Under Cover make a wide range of leather goods in the UK. Purses, notebooks, travel goods (travel organisers, luggage tags, passport holders, travel card holders, travel games, make-up bags, sketchbooks, notebooks, pouches, book marks, leather envelopes, document holders, tidy trays, messenger bags, tote bags, i-phone covers, keyring, earphone cases, etc.), photo albums, notebooks, address books, leather envelopes, guest books, portfolios, pencil cases, diaries, bags, tote bags, clutch bags, coin purses, etc. Most items are made in the UK – http://www.undercoveruk.com

Oh So Cherished have a few UK made 5 year diaries. I’ve not seen one but they look nice on the net. Oh So Cherished own brand products are generally made in England and they say on their website “All our own products are designed and handmade in England which means a lot to us.” Many products they sell are foreign made though and it’s hard to tell which of their products are their own brand products – http://www.ohsocherished.co.uk

notonthehighstreet.com have a small range of British made desk planner pads, diaries, journals, calendars and notebooks (mostly 5 year diaries). Look for the words “made in Britain” when choosing. NotOnTheHighStreet also have quite a few other British made products on their website and again you should look for the words “made in Britain” to find these – http://www.notonthehighstreet.com

Hope House Press make personalised leather bound diaries, journals and notebooks. Bound in Italian leather in the UK. No information is given about the country of origin or content of the pages. A5, A6 and odd sizes – http://www.hopehousepress.co.uk

Clare Loves has a British made weekly planner pad (Monday through Sunday; made by Lollipop Designs; see below), British made notebooks and lots of other nice British made things – http://clareloves.co.uk

Weekly Planner Pad by Lollipop Designs. Monday through Sunday. 21cm x 30cm. Made in England. Simple innovative use of colums in this desk calendar an ideal family organiser.

Weekly Planner Pad by Lollipop Designs. Monday through Sunday. 21cm x 30cm. Made in England. Simple innovative use of columns in this desk calendar pad make it an ideal family organiser.

Lollipop Designs seem to produce quite a few of their stationery products in the UK. Their website does not work properly Apple Safari so you will do better to open it in Firefox. British made products include their mini ‘keyboard’ weekly planner (Monday to Friday, although there is space to start the week on a Sunday and end on a Saturday), yearly wall planner posters (starting at the beginning of the month; full year or academic year, poster size (50 x 70cm), portrait-orientated), weekly desk planner pads (21cm x 30cm, Monday through Sunday), magnetic to do lists and notepads, origami note sets, rubber stamps, mailing labels to re-seal envelopes, and fancy parcel tape – http://www.lollipopdesigns.co.uk/

Lollipop Designs 2016 year planner. Poster size (50 x 70cm), portrait-orientated. You can just make out the words “carefully printed in the UK…” bottom right of the photograph.

Lollipop Designs 2016 year planner. Poster size (50 x 70cm), portrait-orientated. You can just make out the words “carefully printed in the UK…” bottom right of the photograph.

Lollipop Designs mini 'keyboard' weekly planner. Printed in England.

Lollipop Designs mini ‘keyboard’ weekly planner. Printed in England.

Silvine make British made stationery – notebooks, pocket notebooks, exercise books, sketch pads, jotters, shorthand notebooks (reporter’s notebooks), scrap books, refill pads, record cards, postcards, raffle tickets, writing paper, envelopes, exercise books, memo books, cash books, duplicate books, triplicate books, receipt books, educational planners, petty cash vouchers, water resistant outdoor notebooks, etc. You can view their full range in their catalogue on their website. Nice quality stationery. There’s a review of a Silvine memo book here. British made. Good prices. Silvine paper products are made by Sinclairs in Yorkshire, who were established 1837, and also make bespoke own-branded stationery for companies. All their products are made in the UK. On their website they say “The Silvine brand has undergone many changes through the years, but some things will always stay the same. Like the ethical way we do business. And our insistence on manufacturing all our stationery right here in the UK.” Their stationery factory is in the ancient market town of Otley, in the Yorkshire Dales. Available in locals shops, good stationers, and online (for example on eBay, Amazon, and the Post Office). Their range includes undated student planners, teacher’s planners, lesson planners and homework diaries – http://www.silvine.com

Silvine Acadamic Planner/Record - Blue

Silvine undated Academic Planner/Record – Blue.

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm.

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm.

Silvine ‘Police’ Pocket Notebook. Elasticated strap. Stiff Cover. 160pp, 75gsm paper, 82x127mm / 3.25"x5”. Made in the UK.

Silvine ‘Police’ Pocket Notebook. Elasticated strap. Stiff Cover. 160pp, 75gsm paper, 82x127mm / 3.25″x5”. Made in the UK.

For more British made notebooks click the hyperlink.

The Green Gables sell a UK made year wall planner, various to-do lists printed in the UK and various other UK and foreign made stationery. On their website, the Green Gables say they “…strive to make the green gables‘ products in Britain, wherever possible, to keep down the number of miles products travel and to support other British businesses.” Some products are foreign made and you should look for UK made labelling before buying – http://thegreengables.co.uk

Barabara Wiggins diaries are made in the UK – http://www.barbarawiggins.co.uk/index.php?cat=13&sec=66 Unfortunately this company appear to have now closed. As of August 2015 their website says “The Barbara Wiggins web site is now closed”.

London Transport Museum online shop has some (but not all) calendars that are printed in Britain. Some designs are Sunday week start; some Monday start; some start on the 1st of the month as a list. No country of origin is given for their dairies though, so these are probably foreign made, although in the past they have stocked British made diaries made for them by Go Stationery. You may also find other British made items in their shop, such as their Routemaster Moquette Dog Collar – https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/gifts-and-souvenirs/calendars-diaries.html?Action=Cookie

London Transport Museum Vintage Sporting Posters Wall Calendar 2016. Back view. Bottom left it says “designed and printed in Britain”. Sunday start calendar. Made by J Salmon Ltd (see below).

London Transport Museum Vintage Sporting Posters Wall Calendar 2016. Back view. Bottom left it says “designed and printed in Britain”. Sunday start calendar. Made by J Salmon Ltd (see below).

Evocative Cornwall say on their website “All of our products are made in Cornwall”. They sell a range of Cornish themed calendars, dairies and greetings cards. They do not say if their calendars are Sunday start, Monday start or 1st of the month start, so you will need to ask. Their A5 spiral bound diary is week to view but they do not say if it is a Sunday or Monday week start dairy, so again you will need to ask – http://www.evocativecornwall.co.uk

J. Salmon Limited is the oldest established post card and calendar publisher in Britain, founded in 1880. On their website it says “Salmon is proud to say that its product range is still entirely printed in Britain at its site in Sevenoaks.” Post cards and calendars remain at the core of the company’s publishing but other product ranges include guide books, gift books, recipe books, greeting cards, notecards, prints, placemats, diaries and other associated items. Their publications feature colourful photography, nostalgic transport and countryside images, retro and vintage posters and contemporary artwork. Salmon products are available in many retail outlets including stationers, card shops, bookshops, garden centres and giftshops. You can also buy their calendars, diaries, recipe books, placemats, prints, greetings cards, notecards, picture guidebooks and gift books directly from their website.

Salmon have a very wide range of calendars like the London Transport Museum one above featuring poster art, and pets, wildlife, heritage transport, humour, art, countryside scenes, flowers and gardens, scenic photographs of the British Isles, etc. You’ll need to ask whether they are Sunday or Monday start if buying from their website, as they do not say. They also have organiser calendars with innovative use of columns which make  for easy organisation – Mum’s Family Organiser (Monday start), the Family Organiser (1st of the month start), the Seaside Days Family Organiser (1st of the month start) and the Boldtype Family Organiser (Monday start). Salmon calendars simple and easy to read red coloured Boldtype range includes the aforementioned organiser calendar, large engagement calendar (start of the month start), desk calendar (Monday start), Weekly Appointment calendar (Sunday start), Monthly Planner (start of the month start), Monthly Appointment calendar (start of the month start), Monthly Engagement calendar (start of the month start), Large Boldtype (Sunday start, 3 months to view), Small Boldtype calendar (Sunday start), Small Engagement calendar (start of the month start), Cleardate Slim (start of the month start), and the Boldtype Engagement calendar (Sunday start, bold dates with Sundays and holidays highlighted in red and a useful write-on appointment date panel). They also do a handy pocket calendar (Sunday start, inch and  mm rulers on the back) and handy Calendar Date Pads. Calendar and diary prices (and postage) are very reasonable.

J Salmon diaries include their week-to-view Sunday start simple Boldface desk diaries in red or blue; month-to-view (1st of the month start, 3 1/8ʺ x 2ʺ / 79mm x 51mm) mini diaries featuring various scenic photographs on the covers; pocket diaries with cover designs including steam locomotives, lifestyle coastal scenes and garden birds, cats, dogs and flowers (5ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ / 127mm x 95mm, week-to-view, Sunday start, with hard-wearing plastic covers to protects the diary); slim diaries with various covers featuring animals or scenic photographs (5 1/2ʺ x 3ʺ / 139mm x 75mm, week-to-view, Sunday start); and large illustrated diaries (5 7/8 x 8 1/2ʺ / 148mm x 210mm, Monday start, two weeks-per-page, wire-o-bound).

http://www.jsalmon.co.uk

Salmon Calendars Seaside Days Organiser 2016. 1st of the month start. Designed and printed in Britain.

Salmon Calendars Seaside Days Organiser calendar 2016. 1st of the month start. Designed and printed in Britain.

Salmon Calendars Boldtype Engagement calendar 2016.

Salmon Calendars Boldtype Engagement calendar 2016.

Salmon Calendars Pocket Calendar 2016. Sunday start.

Salmon Calendars Pocket Calendar 2016. Sunday start. 6.5×9.5cm.

Salmon Calendars Pocket Calendar 2016. Sunday start. Rear view.

Salmon Calendars Pocket Calendar 2016. Sunday start. Rear view. 6.5×9.5cm.

Boldtype Diary Blue 2016. Inside view. 8 1/4ʺ x 5 7/8ʺ (210mm x 148mm). One week per page.

Salmon Boldtype Diary Blue 2016. Inside view. 8 1/4ʺ x 5 7/8ʺ (210mm x 148mm). One week per page.

Salmon Mini Diary 2016 - Coast. 3 1/8ʺ x 2ʺ (79mm x 51mm). Month to view.

Salmon Mini Diary 2016 – Coast. 3 1/8ʺ x 2ʺ (79mm x 51mm). Month to view. Beginning of month start.

Salmon Mini Diary 2016 - Coast. 3 1/8ʺ x 2ʺ (79mm x 51mm). Month to view. Inside view.

Salmon Mini Diary 2016 – Coast. 3 1/8ʺ x 2ʺ (79mm x 51mm). Month to view. Inside view.

Salmon Campervans Diary 2016. 5ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ (127mm x 95mm). Week to a page. Sunday start. Plastic cover.

Salmon Campervan Pocket Diary 2016. 5ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ (127mm x 95mm). Week to a page. Sunday start. Plastic cover.

Salmon Campervan Pocket Diary 2016. 5ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ (127mm x 95mm). Week to a page. Sunday start. Plastic cover. Inside view.

Salmon Campervan Pocket Diary 2016. 5ʺ x 3 3/4ʺ (127mm x 95mm). Week to a page. Sunday start. Plastic cover. Inside view.

Designed and printed in Britain logo, from the J Salmon website

Alex Clark Art calendars seem to all be made in the UK. You can just make out what I think are the words “Designed and made in the UK” next to a little mouse and Union Flag bottom left on the back of their calendars. It doesn’t say if the calendar layout starts on a Sunday or a Monday. Country of origin is not given against products on their website, so whether any of the other products on their site are made in the UK I don’t know – http://www.alexclarkart.co.uk/calendars-by-alex-clark.html

Alex Clark CAL0416 On The Farm Calendar 2016. Made in the UK. Back view.

Alex Clark CAL0416 On The Farm Calendar 2016. Made in the UK. Back view.

Dodo Pad diaries loose-leaf versions made for Filofax organisers are all printed in the UK (Personal, A5 and A4 sizes; no pocket or mini sizes; Monday week start only). Country of origin is not given on their website, but I was told this by email on 6th August 2015. The wiro bound versions of their diaries are all made in China. Their other products (such as mugs) I assume are foreign made. They told me “We are trying to bring ALL our diary production back to the UK but at present the wiro bound versions are too expensive to produce here. But we are working on it and hope that for the next production all will be printed/produced in the UK.” Let’s hope they manage that – https://www.dodopad.com

Sloane Stationery are selling two Monday start diaries for 2016 that they describe as being “handmade in England”. They also sell notebooks and the like, a few of which are made in England. Made in England products are labeled as such on their website – http://www.sloanestationery.com

The Parson’s Pocket Book starts the week on a Sunday. Country of origin is not stated on their website, but the company who sell it told me by email on 21st August 2015 that the Parson’s Pocket Books are printed and bound in the UK. The loose leaf version is printed in the same material, and is produced by the same company who print and bind the pocket book itself. The paper quality is 80gsm white offset – the same as or similar to photocopier paper. This very attractive diary is made by Atkinson Publications. The layout is week-to-view Sunday start with a notes page on the facing left page. The size is a handy 100mm x 162mm, and it has 224 pages with a robust case bound cover and a ribbon. Optionally you can also have pockets in the front and / or rear covers. In its 106th issue for 2016, this comprehensive diary includes the Lectionary (a list or book of portions of the Bible appointed to be read at divine service) for Common Worship for Sundays and weekdays and Holy Days with additional readings. As you can tell, the pocket book is squarely aimed at churchgoers and Anglican clergy. The Parson’s Pocket Book is available direct from their website and elsewhere. I found a 2015 version on Amazon where you can look inside the book. Most clergy diaries begin in Advent, the start of the liturgical year (which commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) – in 2015 it’s Sunday November 29th) , and I assume this one is no exception to that rule. Atkinson Publications also make books about railways – https://www.atkinsonspublications.co.uk

The Parson's Pocket Book 2016 by Atkinson Publications Made in the UK. Sunday start, with notes.

The Parson’s Pocket Book 2016 by Atkinson Publications Made in the UK. Sunday start, with notes.

The Parson's Pocket Book 2015 by Atkinson Publications, inside view. Sunday start week-to-view with a notes page to the left. Made in the UK.

The Parson’s Pocket Book 2015 by Atkinson Publications, inside view. Sunday start week-to-view with a notes page to the left. Made in the UK.

The Parson's Pocket Book by Atkinson Publications. Inside view showing Lectionary. Made in the UK.

The Parson’s Pocket Book by Atkinson Publications. Inside view showing Lectionary. Made in the UK.

The Canterbury Church Book and Desk Diary 2016 (hardback / loose leaf) is printed and bound in the UK by the CPI Group in Croydon. This was confirmed to me by email on 24th August 2015, but is not mentioned on their website. These Church diaries by Canterbury Press for next year run from the start of Advent 2015 to the eve of Advent 2016. Designed especially for clergy, churchwardens and church staff, the church desk diary provides one page per weekday and a double page spread for Sundays. Desk diary in hardback or a loose-leaf personal organiser-sized or A5 organiser sized edition. Canterbury Press is an imprint of Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd – http://www.canterburypress.co.uk

Please note that Collins (Colins Debden) diaries are made in Singapore, including the dairies they produce for Unions such as the PCS diary and the ISU diary. Colins talk about their British history and their environmental credentials on their website, but they do not admit to manufacturing abroad on their website. As far as I know all Colins diaries and other products are foreign made. “In 1989 Wm. Collins & Sons merged with Harper and Row of the US to form Harper Collins publishing. In 1995 the stationery and diary division of Harper Collins, and the long established fountain logo was acquired by Debden to form the company we know today as Collins Debden Ltd.” (from the Collins website). William Collins & Sons have gone then, split into Collins Debden making diaries (but not manufacturing in Scotland anymore) and Harper Collins (part of News Corp of the USA) making books.

WHSmith diaries do not state country of origin in them and are presumably made abroad. WHSmith (Smiths) have a long British history and it is a shame they do not support British manufacturing by having their diaries made in the UK. WHSmith advise me that some of their diaries are made in the United Kingdom, with others being manufactured in South Korea or China, but unfortunately as they do not state country of origin in their diaries you cannot which ones are UK made.

Banner diaries do not state country of origin in them and are presumably made abroad. Banner was originally a division of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) before privatisation so it it is disappointing so many of their products are now foreign made.  The 2014 diary work have given me was supplied by Banner and country of origin is stated on that (it is made in India).

Office Depot / Viking Direct / Niceday do not bother to give country of origin for their office diaries. I suspect all their own brand diaries are foreign made.

In case you didn’t realise, Italian notebook brand Moleskin (which does Monday start or page-per-day diaries) are not made in the UK or even in Italy for that matter, but in China, Vietnam or Turkey.  Castelli diaries are made in Italy.  Quo Vadis diaries seem reluctant to say where their diaries are made on their UK website, but from what I can gather from their US website and elsewhere, the paper used is made in France, the diaries themselves are then made in the USA and the covers are made in Canada; in any case they are not made in the UK.

Sadly, the SPCK Church Pocket Book is not made in the UK. Nowadays it is made in India.

Doubtless there are more British made diaries and calendars out there, but you will need to check carefully to make sure it is made and printed in the UK and that what you are buying really is British.

Please note that when it comes to diaries the size given often refers to the size of the internal pages not the size of the overall diary plus cover.

Do weeks start on a Sunday or a Monday?

A quick look on the net gives opinions in favour of both. I think this is very much down to personal choice. For me the week starts on a Sunday because that’s when my working week starts and because that’s what I am used to I want a Sunday start diary. For others a Monday start diary or calendar might be the choice, for example because it keeps Saturday and Sunday together in a week-to-view diary. Traditionally the week starts on a Sunday in the UK from what I remember and this is evidenced by the photographs of old diaries below which start the week on a Sunday (although other old diaries may have started the week on a Monday). “Sunday, in the ecclesiastical numbering system also counted as the feria prima or the first day of the week” according to Wikipedia. The Parson’s Pocket Book (see above) starts the week on a Sunday. In conclusion, the week starts on a Sunday!

Thomas H. Flowers’ diary, 5 February: ‘Colossus did its first job. Car broke down on way home.’ Not sure who made this dairy but it looks good.

Thomas H. Flowers’ diary, 5 February: ‘Colossus did its first job. Car broke down on way home.’ Not sure who made this dairy but it looks good.

The calendar page from a 1940 diary, Sunday start. This particular diary is a page-per-day Charles Letts’s Diary, made in England for a British market.

The calendar page from a 1940 diary; Sunday start. This particular diary is a page-per-day Charles Letts’s Diary, made in England for a British market.

War-time prime minister Neville Chamberlain's diary, Sunday start. He marked the start of World War II by writing "War declared" on 3rd September 1939.

War-time prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s diary; Sunday start. He marked the start of World War II by writing “War declared” on 3rd September 1939.

The diary of Arthur Travers Saulez. I don’t know who made this rather smart Sunday start diary.

The diary of Arthur Travers Saulez. I don’t know who made this rather smart Sunday start diary.

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