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

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

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

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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.

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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.


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  #UKMadeClothes  #ClothesMadeInTheUK #BritishMadeClothes

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’ in your browser 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.


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.


The disappearing art of making scissors by hand

BBC News – The disappearing art of making scissors by hand.

Have a look at the fascinating short video about scissor making in the link above if you get chance.

Here’s another video about them:

Ernest Wright & Son (Kutrite) have been hand-making scissors and shears in Sheffield, England since 1902. Their scissors and shears come with a life-time guarantee. They produce scissors for art and craft, gift, ceremonial and gold plated scissors, dressmaking, tailor and clothwork scissors, embroidery and fine craft scissors, garden and floral art scissors, kitchen scissors, nail and personal care scissors, office, general and left-handed scissors, and professional and trade scissors. Ernest Wright and Son went bankrupt towards the end of 2018 and since then a pair of Dutch entrepreneurs bought the company and have re-launched it in the hope of keeping it going, albeit with the prices considerably inflated.

UK scissor manufacturers include Samuel Staniforth, Taylor’s Eye Witness, A.Wright and Son, J.Adams, Ernest Wright and Son, William Whiteley, and Slater Knives.

For more on British made scissors, kitchen knives, cutlery and silverware please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-tB

Ernest Wright and Son 'Stork' embroidery, needlework and thread scissors. Made in England.

Ernest Wright and Son ‘Stork’ embroidery, needlework and thread scissors. Made in England.



Origin Doors – Quality Bi-folding Doors Manufactured in the UK

Origin Doors – Quality Bi-folding Doors Manufactured in the UK

Founded in 2002, Origin Doors are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of aluminium folding sliding doors and design and manufacture all their products from their High Wycombe HQ. The family-run business was founded by cousins Neil Ginger and Victoria Brocklesby who noticed a gap in the market when they couldn’t find suitable bi-folding doors for a building project.

Origin now employ 88 people in the UK, including many members of Neil and Victoria’s family, and further staff are employed in sales offices in Dubai and Florida, where Origin distribute their doors to. Origin chose to manufacture products in the UK because this is where the company’s main market is, so manufacturing here ensures short lead times and total control over every aspect of the manufacturing process.

Neil Ginger, Origin CEO explains, “Every door we make is completely bespoke and made entirely to the customer’s specification, whether they want one set of doors or enough to cover the front of an entire building. This means that we take great care in manufacturing our doors and have strict quality control process in place so we deliver exactly what the customer wants. Manufacturing our products in the UK means that we can oversee this process and ensure that our customers receive the highest quality product with the highest level of customer service.”

Innovation is key at Origin and the company is the only bi-folding door company in the UK to offer a range of different coloured finishes for their bi-folding doors, including bright primary colours and subtle candy shades. The company also offers a ‘your lead time not ours’ service which means they can deliver doors when customers need them, whether it’s the next day, week or month – something which manufacturing in the UK makes possible.


Neil Ginger of Origin Doors

Neil Ginger of Origin Doors

Origin Colour Palette 2

Origin Doors – Origin Colour Palette 2

This is a guest article written for ukmade by Origin Doors.

British Made Luggage and Travel Accessories – British Made Trunks – British Made Suitcases – British Made Rucksacks – British Made Wallets – British Made Bags – British Made Small Leather Goods and handbags

The modern traveller, hiker or person about town can still carry or ship the right bag or luggage; a British-made bag, rucksack, suitcase or trunk. In no particular order, here are some great British made bags, handbags, rucksacks, backpacks, suitcases, wallets, pouches and trunks.

A vintage made in England suitcase. You will find the choice of reasonably priced British made suitcases nowadays to be very small indeed.

A vintage made in England suitcase. You will find the choice of reasonably priced British made suitcases nowadays to be very small indeed, but there are still plenty of British made bags, overnight bags, luggage tags, trunks, wallets, rucksacks and travel accessories out there. Photograph by author.

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