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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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Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

Get laid Beds bedframe

Get Laid Beds – A True British Bed Maker

Get Laid Beds are a UK based wooden bed maker, that specialises in the a vast array of wooden bed frames, including their iconic Low Beds, stylish Standard Height Beds and their prestigious Four Poster Beds. They have a family heritage in carpentry and using experienced craftsmanship, meaning that they take great pride in the quality and design of the wooden beds that they hand make in their workshop. They even offer an amazing 11 year guarantee on all of their wooden beds as result from their careful and experienced craftsmanship.

We live in a period in which the majority of products are mass produced and with streamlined manufacturing, which diverts away from the traditional British manufacturing values and quality. Get Laid Beds hand make all of their beds with custom alterations and special care, so each of their customers get a personalised bed with their own choice of colour finish and size. This is all done locally from their Leicester based workshop, of which they deliver worldwide to customers bedrooms.

Wooden Bed Frames

One of their most popular beds is their contemporary Platform Bed (Space Saver). The wooden Platform Space Saver bed is a popular style as a result from its space efficient design. It is designed to give you those extra few inches of space when you need them most, especially with small bedrooms and awkward spaces. In addition to boasting a contemporary design, and a minimalist aesthetic it also allows clearance underneath the bed frame which offers a valuable storage solution. With no inclusion of a headboard, the Space Saver version of the Platform Bed offers more flexibility as you can install a headboard of your own.

The main difference between Get Laid Beds wooden bed frames and others is that they are made using quality mortise and tenon joints. This method of construction makes your bed much more sturdy and durable, meaning that it can stand the test of time, which is reflected in the company’s promise of an 11 year guarantee on all their wooden beds. You can certainly be confident in the quality and British design of their wooden bed frames.

Buying Handmade British Beds

Get Laid Beds produce all their wooden bed frames locally, with bespoke sizes and finishes, as a result from being able to offer more customisable features on their handmade wooden beds. This Includes a choice between a range of colour finishes, such as sleek black, smooth white, modern chocolate and professional grey colour finishes for their Solid Scandinavian Pine bed frames.

They also offer a range of hardwood finishes, including such popular hardwoods as Oak, Walnut and Ash. This service allows you to really personalise your wooden bed frame to suit your bedroom. They also offer 17 different bed size, which range from a Small Single to such large custom sizes as a King, Super-King and their own special 7ft Super-Caesar. You can also customise the size with their alterations service which starts from as little as £55.

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All of this ensures that your wooden bed can be handmade to be more personal to you, so you can confident that the stylish British wooden bed frame will look great in your bedroom. You can view their range of British handmade wooden bed frames, as well as their mattresses and bedding on their website here – http://www.getlaidbeds.co.uk/

This is a guest article for UK Made written by Get laid Beds.

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

Mess tin and mess tin set, quality mess tins, British made mess tin as supplied to the MOD.

Mess tin and mess tin set, quality mess tins, British made mess tin as supplied to the MOD.

“These Mess Tins are manufactured by TOC (Tools of Coventry) Ltd. TOC Ltd supply products to the Ministry of Defence; they are reputedly the best and are often still recommended by expeditionary groups and outdoor people.

Ideal for campers, scout group’s, cadets, Duke of Edinburgh Awards or anyone who simply enjoys outdoor cooking!”

There’s a great video review of mess tins generally below.

Size:  Large 60mm x 135mm x 180mm, Small 56mm x 128mm x 165mm. Supplied as a pair of tins, one nests inside the other.

Weight:  0.375kgs

Weight Pair:  390 gms

Specification:  1mm Food Grade Alloy

Handle:  5mm. Strong handles properly manufactured to original Military design.

Material:  Aluminium.

Care instructions;  Wash in soapy water before use and after each use – dry thoroughly before storing.

Used for cooking, boiling or to simply eat out of when camping, walking, trekking, and on expeditions; just like the military.

“Still one of the best methods of cooking and eating”. . .these “Mess Tins are built for life not just for one trip …”.

Brand new – made in Coventry, England. Genuine British Army issue direct from MOD supplier TOC Ltd. TOC Ltd is based in Coventry, England and has been supplying these mess tins and other equipment to the Ministry of Defence for over 30 years. Great value for money made in England mess tins.

http://www.messtin.co.uk

TOC Ltd also have a Cycle Frame Building & Finishing service under the name tocycle (clever use of their name here). Renovation, Re-spray and Frame Finishing Services. Bespoke Cycle frames built in the UK with the benefits of batch production prices and lead times – http://www.tocycle.co.uk

Genuine Britisg Army Mess Tin set. Made in England.

Genuine Britisg Army Mess Tin set. Made in England.

Mess Tin Set. Made in England.

Mess Tin Set. Made in England.

Mess Tin set. Made in the UK.

Mess Tin set. Made in the UK.

British made Mess Tin Set.

British made Mess Tin Set. Photograph by author.

Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes

This article on British made clothes is very comprehensive – please give it a few seconds to load. You may wish to use ‘find on page’ to help you look for something in particular.

I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.

Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.

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Trove is a really really small leather and elastic reversible wallet that is made in England

Trove is a really really small leather and elastic reversible wallet that is made in England (using Italian leather) at the Mowbray Leather Goods factory. Initially funded via Kickstarter, Trove is now available to buy on their website. TROVE also converts into a phone stand if you like, can be used to hold your headphones, and you can use it on your belt as well as putting it in your pocket or bag. Have a look at the videos and pictures I have posted below to see how it works. The last video also tells you about the Trove secret pocket. Trove also do an RFID protection tracker and anchored insert and a separate cable carry, but the former requires a subscription and the latter is more to carry, so these are less interesting for me, although they may be what you need. Trove wallets are great quality slimline wallets which are very durable and look good – http://www.trove.cc

The Eclipse TROVE. Made in England.

The Eclipse TROVE. Made in England.

A Trove wallet doubles up as a landscape or portait phone stand if you want.

A Trove wallet doubles up as a landscape or portrait phone stand if you want. Very convenient on the go, although of course you’ll have to temporarily remove the contents of your wallet when using it as a phone stand.

The Trove wallet being used as a phone stand

The Trove wallet being used as a phone stand.

Trove in a coffee shop

Trove in a coffee shop.

Trove and Oyster Card

Trove and Oyster Card.

Trove wallet in action - simplifying what you carry.

Trove wallet in action – simplifying what you carry.

Trove in use, with fish in the background.

Trove in use, with fish in the background.

Made in Britain @ ukmade

Made in Britain – Made in the UK – UK Made – British Made – Made in UK.

#BuyBritish #UKMade #BritishMade #MadeInTheUK #MadeInBritain

My website “ukmade” is about celebrating British manufacturing and helping you source British made goods. It has many recommendations of quality products made in the British Isles.

https://ukmade.wordpress.com

You can also find ukmade @BritishGoods on twitter, @MadeInTheUnitedKingdom on tumblr and at UKMade on pinterest.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.

You and / or your company or the company or organisation you work for can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British.

Why not make a conscious preference to buy British? You may have to look that bit harder (lots of goods on the High Street are foreign made these days), but Britain still makes most things. I hope this website will be of some assistance in your search to find not only British designed but actually British manufactured goods. You’ll also much information on the internet generally, but a word of caution. There’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in such a way that it misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK. I’m sure you won’t be fooled by this, but do take care to ensure what you are buying really is manufactured in the UK.

Fly the flag!  Buy British.