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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

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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?

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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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Made in Britain @ ukmade

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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.

 

Computers, IT, technology and Electronics made in the UK

Many people think that all technology and computers are made in South East Asia.  Not the case.  You only need think of the UK’s massive defence industry and all the cars made in the UK (discussed elsewhere).  Here are some more technology and electronic products that are made in the UK.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Manufacturing is being moved from China to the UK. It’s made at the Sony manufacturing plant in South Wales. You can see the words “Made in the UK” on the UK made version, as shown right hand side in the picture below.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi. Made in Wales.

In July 2014 an updated B+ Raspberry Pi was announced…and it still made in the UK 🙂  Look at the all important words on the left hand side in the picture below.

Raspberry Pi B+. Made in the UK

Raspberry Pi B+. Made in the UK

Japanese company Sony make their broadcast and professional video cameras at the same site.

Japanese company Sony make broadcast and professional video cameras in South Wales. They also manufacture for others and the Raspberry Pi computer is also made in their factory for example mentioned above. As far as I know they do not make any domestic home electrical items like TVs in the UK anymore.

Sony might still have a disc (optical storage media) manufacturing operation (making CDs and DVDs; Sony DADC UK Ltd) in Southwater in West Sussex too. If the factory is still in Southwater it was formerly part of Rank’s Deluxe CD and DVD operation with the site being sold to Sony in 2006. The other Rank Organisation Deluxe CD and DVD factory in Blackburn became the Entertainment Distribution Company (EDC) factory after it was sold by Rank and the factory was closed and production moved abroad in 2010. Neighbouring Blackburn Microtech Solutions, formerly LG Philips and Mullards, makers of cathodes for televisions, other television components, audio amplification valves, 3D X-ray scanning technology for airport scanners and energy efficient light bulbs, closed down in 2009.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1925

http://www.sony.co.uk

Zoostorm make a huge range of desktop and laptop computers and devices, and tablets, in the UK, upon which you might also be able to put a British engineered operating system too. Some of the parts used may be foreign made. Zoostorm computers are discussed in an article by British Family and sell at very good prices – http://www.zoostorm.com

The Sinclair ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers were manufactured in Dundee, Scotland, in the now closed Timex factory. These were made from 1982–1992. The Commodore 64, the BBC Microcomputer / Acorn Computers and the Amstrad CPC range were rivals to the Spectrum in the UK market during the early 1980s, but I don’t know where these computers were made.

A vintage Sinclair ZX81 home computer which would have been made in Scotland.

A vintage Sinclair 48K ZX Spectrum computer (1982) which would have been made in Scotland.

VeryPC manufacture some of their own brand aluminium casing for computers in Yorkshire and assemble / build some of their computers in the UK using foreign made parts – https://www.very-pc.co.uk

Novatech assemble / build some of their computers in the UK using foreign made parts – http://www.novatech.co.uk

Ink2Work at H.M. Prison Belmarsh is a great project remanufacturing printer cartridges for printers, used by the public sector.

Connectix Cabling Systems manufacture some of their IT cabling products in the UK.

http://www.connectixcablingsystems.com

P.W. Circuits are a UK manufacturer of printed circuit boards – http://www.pwcircuits.co.uk

Surrey Satellite Technology builds in the UK and operates small satellites – http://www.sstl.co.uk

Marshall Amps have a factory in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, England. The amplifiers which are manufactured abroad are the MG Range, MB Range and the Acoustic Combos, all other amplifiers are manufactured in the Milton Keynes Factory (according to their website 4.12.13) – http://www.marshallamps.com

Rogers speakers are now made in the Far East, as are IAG (International Audio Group) speakers (Mission, Quad, Wharfedale, Audiolab and Castle Acoustics) these days.  So too are Tannoy speakers. Cambridge Audio products are all made in the Far East, as are NAD products. Leaks (H.J. Leak & Co.), which was sold to the Rank Organisation in 1969, ceased production in the 1970s. Likewise Radford speakers closed in 1989. Gerrard turntables closed in 1995. Gradiente Electronica of Brazil had bought the company in 1979 and some production may have moved to Brazil after that. A company called Loricraft Audio, based in Swindon as Gerrard was, restores old Gerrard turntables and make a turntable called the Gerrard 501 under licence. Loricraft also make vinyl record cleaners. Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos, bought two of Britain’s oldest radio and television brands, Alba and Bush in 2008 and as far as I know the names have disappeared except in Argos and there is no suggestion that Bush and Alba are still made in the UK. The Alba Group, which was renamed back to its original name, Harvard International, in 2008 and is now called Alba (Alba Broadcasting Corporation Limited) again and was left with Goodmans and former German company Grundig (now Turkish owned). Goodmans is still going but there is no suggestion on their website of any UK manufacturing. Haybrook and JPW (Audio Group International) do not mention country of origin on their websites and are presumably foreign made. Kudos do not mention country of origin on their websites and are presumably now foreign made. Likewise with AVIPhilips products are now all made in the Far East. Naim Audio do not mention country of origin on their website and their products are presumably now foreign made.

KEF and Meridian Audio speakers are owned by a Hong based company which apparently maintains some manufacturing in the UK as well as manufacturing in China. Country of origin is not given on their websites for products so you will need to ask and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their websites – http://www.kef.com – https://www.meridian-audio.com

It may be that Bowers & Wilkins speakers still have a factory in the UK. Country of origin is not given on their website for products so you will need to ask where they are made and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their website – http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk

Graham Slee hi-fi equipment is made in Britain. It says on their website that their products are “designed and still made in Britain!”. However, country of origin is not given against particular products, so please check where a product is made before buying – http://www.gspaudio.co.uk

Sonneteer amplifiers and CD players are made in Britain – http://sonneteer.co.uk

Arcam (A&R Cambridge Ltd hi-fi and home cinema equipment; now owned by JAM industries of Canada) no longer manufacture in the UK (assembly is now done in China and the USA), as they confirmed to me by email on 1/9/14.

Roksan audio products are made in England.  According to their website “Roksan products are still to this day manufactured in the company’s headquarters in London” – http://www.roksan.co.uk

Sugden Audio (J E Sugden) amplifiers are made in England – http://www.sugdenaudio.com

Rega speakers, turntables and amplifiers have a factory in England. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you will need to check whether the product you are interested in is actually made in the UK – http://www.rega.co.uk

Linn turntables appear to still have a factory in Scotland. Country of origin is not given on their website for products so you will need to ask where they are made and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their website – http://www.linn.co.uk

There is no information about country of manufacture on the Inspire Hi-Fi website but it is rumoured on the internet that their turntables are made in England. It would be worth checking where they are made if you are interested – http://www.inspirehifi.co.uk

Sound Leisure jukeboxes are made in Britain – http://www.classicjukeboxes.co.uk

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

MCH Media make MP3 and MP4 players and these are all made in Britain and are at reasonable prices – http://www.mchmedia.co.uk

RHA Headphones do not give any information about country of origin on their website but British Family suggest they are made in the UK. These headphones get good reviews online so it would be worth asking where they are made – http://www.rha-audio.com

Angle & Curve headphones are made in England – http://www.angleandcurve.com

Angle & Curve Carboncans – Carbon Black & Lunar Grey (with mic). Made in England.

Angle & Curve Carboncans – Carbon Black & Lunar Grey (with mic). Made in England.

Also please see “British Made Musical Instruments and Music Players“.

Roberts Radio still make their traditional radios in the UK, but their plastic models are made in the Far East these days – http://www.robertsradio.co.uk

A quote from the Roberts Radio website “plastic-cased receivers and personal cassette players are imported from the far east … However, wooden-eased receivers still predominate, and these continue to be made at East Molesey.”

Unfortunately country of origin information is not given on the Roberts Radio website or on the product packaging, so you will want to confirm with the company directly if a particular product is UK made before buying.

It is still possible to buy a British made television, from Cello, who make TVs in England. Available via their website and in shops. Prices are very reasonable.

http://www.celloelectronics.com

It is suggested on the net that the parts or some of the parts for Cello TVs are Chinese made but even if that is correct it would be better to buy a TV by Cello even if it is only assembled here rather than buying a totally foreign made TV.

Below are 2 quotes from the Cello website.

“Cello Electronics, is one of Europe’s most innovative LCD TV brands with every product proudly manufactured in the UK. This unique aspect gives you an assurance of quality that is rare in the TV industry. Also, Cello breaks the mould by focusing all of its knowledge and experience on one product category – TVs. This means absolute dedication of resources to ensure we are able to create great products that combine innovation, style, features and amazing value.”

“Cello Electronics is a UK based company with offices across the globe. However, all TVs destined for the UK market are manufactured in our plant in the North East of England. This is a distinct advantage for our customers who receive the benefit of the most advanced technology sourced from around the world combined with the quality assurance that comes from local manufacturing.”

Cello Electronics 27" C27118DVB LCD TV's. Made in the UK.

Cello Electronics 27″ C27118DVB LCD TV’s. Made in the UK.

Also, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-wT for Scientific equipment made in the UK.

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New Balance Trainers – Made in England Range

US company New Balance make SOME of their sports shoes in the UK.  According to their website “New Balance has proudly supported domestic manufacturing in the UK for over 22 years.  Look for the Made in UK label on some of our most popular running and classic styles.”  Good for them. In their FAQs on their website in answer to the question “Do you make shoes in the UK?” they say “Yes, New Balance has been committed to locally producing high-quality shoes in the UK since 1982. We are proud to support domestic manufacturing in the UK where we provide local employment for more than 200 associates. The manufacturing facility located in Flimby, a small town in the Lake District, makes over one million pairs of shoes per year.”

If you want UK made trainers, sports shoes, pumps, sneakers or whatever you want to call them the choices is between New Balance who do a limited Made in UK range, Gola (Gola ceased UK production in 1981, but re-introduced a very limited made in England range in 2012; which are possibly made for them by Walsh) and Walsh whose sports shoes are all made in the UK. Companies like UK Gear and Reebok (J.W Foster and Sons became ‘Reebok’ in 1958) are keen to stress their so called Britishness, but in fact non of their trainers are made in the UK. Hi-Tec trainers used to have a factory in Northamptonshire, but that is now long gone and nowadays Hi-Tec trainers are all foreign made.

http://www.newbalance.co.uk/classics/made-in-uk/80000,en_GB,sc.html

NEW BALANCE 577.  Style# M577GBL-NC.  Seaside Pack.  Made in England.

NEW BALANCE 577. Style# M577GBL-NC. Seaside Pack. Made in England.