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Why not make the effort to buy British made Easter Eggs this Easter?

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Over 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to the Meaningful Chocolate Company to Moo Free to your local Sainsbury or Tesco or Marks and Spencer or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of all chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK, including British made Easter Eggs, please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

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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?

#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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British made hats and British made scarves – Hats Made in the UK – Scarves made in the UK

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

A hat worn well is part of a British gentleman’s heritage.  These days it probably won’t be a bowler you choose, but perhaps it’s time to rediscover the hat? For ladies it is said a hat for every occasion is required.

Get ahead, get a British made hat!

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British Made Christmas Gift Guide 2013 – Great Places to buy UK Made Christmas Presents

10 reasons for giving British made gifts this Christmas:

  1. Helping preserve the future of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
  2. You know where what you are buying is coming from.
  3. You are preserving and creating jobs for British workers.
  4. You are bestowing a gift that does not have a massive carbon footprint.
  5. It gives you the chance to buy something of quality that will last.
  6. You are encouraging others to buy British.
  7. You are helping people to realise that we do still make many wonderful things in the UK.
  8. You are being patriotic.
  9. British factories have ethical hygienic production, fair wages & decent working conditions.
  10. You are helping ensure future security of supply.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. Please support UK industry by buying British.

I’m afraid that you are simply making excuses if you say that you can’t find anything UK made – It has never been easier to find products made in Britain and they don’t have to be expensive. Don’t just rely on the High Street (although I encourage you to buy British made gifts you find in High Street shops); use the internet to research UK made gifts.

You’ll have to be careful to check the provenance of your gifts; there’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in a way that misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK.

Anything manufactured Britain, for example any the items listed on this website or elsewhere, will make a good present. Here are some further suggestions of where you might get British made gifts this Christmas (in no particular order):

Maiden Dorset candles are made in England – http://www.maidendorset.co.uk

http://www.emmelinesimpson.co.uk – contemporary gifts celebrating British cities such as Oxford, London, Bristol and Bath. All items are made in Britain.  Made in the UK coasters, tea towels, mugs, placemats, tea pots, calendars, notecards, etc. Note though that Emmeline Simpson mugs are imported from China then decorated in England.

Emmeline Simpson Oxford Bridge of Sighs coaster. Made in Britain.

Emmeline Simpson Oxford Bridge of Sighs coaster. Made in Britain.

http://www.campbellcole.co.uk – men’s accessories made in England. One of my favourite items is the beautiful made in England key wrap.*

CAMPBELL COLE - KEY WRAP - Made in England.

CAMPBELL COLE – KEY WRAP – Made in England.

Beautiful adult or children’s aprons from http://www.thesundaygirlcompany.co.uk

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Deliciously Dotty Retro Red Sweetheart Adult Apron by Sunday Girl. Made in Britain.

http://www.mamnick.com – Gifts for men. Shirts and Sheffield Steel items such as a chip fork, money clip, card holder, etc. Products manufactured in the UK and Japan. Also, sold by Campbell Cole.

Raw Leather Workshop – James Bradshaw (of British Family fame) hand makes rugged leather accessories in Britain and they are available from Folksy – http://www.rawleather.co.uk.  You can also find other great British made gifts at Folksy – http://folksy.com*

Raw Leather Hand Stitched Wallet or Card Case (Saddle Tan). Made in England.

Raw Leather Hand Stitched Wallet or Card Case (Saddle Tan). Made in England.

Tulip and Nettle children’s clothes are all made in England and will make lovely Christmas gifts – http://www.tulipandnettle.com

Britain’s last-remaining volume teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythoughthas been handmaking the quintessential English teddy bear in Shropshire for over 80 years. For example this lovely Shrewsbury bear would make a great present – http://www.merrythought.co.uk

Merrythought Shrewsbury Bear. Made in England.

Merrythought Shrewsbury Bear. Made in England.

Reefer Sails products are all designed and manufactured in England and will make great Christmas gifts, for example their children’s crabbing kits in a recycled sailcloth carry bag or for adults perhaps one of their smartphone cases – http://www.reefersails.com

Vinnie & D sell a wonderful selection items by individual designers and contemporary artists all based in Great Britain and most of their products are made in Great Britain too and many will make great gifts. Gifts, home furnishings, jewellery ,art, stationery and produce. If it does not say something is made in Britain on this site, then it probably is not, so do check before buying – http://www.vinnieandd.com

If you’ve got plenty of cash to spare (which you probably haven’t!) or for your business, how about a made in Britain jukebox from http://www.classicjukeboxes.co.ukFor more musical things please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/organs/

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain

http://www.zpm.com – wash bags, shower caps, pencil cases, baby bibs, etc. made in the UK. Please note that some of their items, such as their shopper bags, are foreign made.  Look for the words Made in Britain to get British made.*

ZPM Holiday-Hedgehog-Long-Zip. Made in Britain.

ZPM Holiday-Hedgehog-Long-Zip. Made in Britain.

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/northerngoodsco?ref=l2-shopheader-name – paracord key clips made England.

County Choppers – Exclusive made in Britain chopping boards in the shape of British Ceremonial Counties, made from sustainable anti-bacterial bamboo – http://countychoppers.co.uk

A UK made toaster by Rowlett Rutland perhaps.

Rowlett Rutland Toaster

A Rowlett Rutland Toaster. Made in the UK.

Or a UK made television from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com

http://www.madecloser.co.uk has a great range of British made items to choose from.

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com – lots of gifts quite a few of which are made in the UK – look for the words made in Britain or filter to find made in Britain.*

http://www.jojoaccessories.co.uk – made in England headbands, Union Jack flag bags, pencil cases, purses and cushions, etc. Also at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket every Sunday, and on notonthehighstreet.*

Jo Jo Accessories Union Flag cushion. Made in England.

Jo Jo Accessories Union Flag cushion. Made in England.

http://www.anorakonline.co.uk/search/britain – Anorak sell a few British made things – cushions, coasters, pencil cases, purses, picnic blankets, placemats, was bags, tote bags, laundry bags, jotter pads, etc.*

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=dutchy&defaultSearch=GR&search=#_ – Dutchy British produced foodstuffs, drinks and mugs at Waitrose.

http://www.britishchristmasjumpers.com – Christmas themed jumpers made in Britain or Christmas themed clothing from Josery (with designs that can be removed after Christmas) – http://www.josery.com/mens_christmas_jumpers.html

http://ohyo.me – A made in England Ohyo collapsible water bottle would make a useful gift.

How about some darts or even a dartboard from Harrows Darts. Harrows Darts is the world’s leading and most widely distributed darts brand and the only darts brand maintaining production in England. If buying Harrows darts accessories and such items please check these are UK made, as I am not sure  – http://www.harrows-darts.com*

Harrows Darts

Harrows Darts.  Made in England.

Retriever Sports (Pentathlon, Amazon, and Elkadart brands) darts, dart flights, dart barrels, dart shafts and dart accessories are all produced at their factory in England. You can ask them for your nearest stockist or your can find their products online –http://www.retrieversports.com

Bulls Eye Darts are all made in the UK. Available on their website – http://www.bullseyedarts.co.uk

There is a possibility that some Target darts are made in the UK, as I have read on the net that they have production facilities in China and the UK. I have written to the company to clarify this, as their About and FAQ parts of their website do not work. The photograph on this website shows a packet of Target darts as having been made in China, so do check before buying.

Winmau darts and dart boards are apparently made in Kenya. They do not giving any information about country of manufacture on their website. Winmau are owned by Nodor who also do not give any information about country of manufacture on their website and presumably all their manufacturing is also abroad. Unicorn darts and dart boards are apparently made in China.

Made in England wooden toys by Croglin Designs.

UK made handbag tidies, tissue covers and purse security bells from Sandi Bags– http://www.sandibags.com*

Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags made in England – http://www.susiefaulks.co.uk

Love Lammie also specialises in oilcloth handbags, as well as homeware and accessories, all made in the UK – http://www.lovelammie.co.uk

Perhaps an elegant umbrella for a Christmas gift from http://www.foxumbrellas.com – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/umbrellas/ for more British made umbrellas.

Or a lovely mug from http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/pottery/ for more British made mugs.

Talisker is the only single-malt whisky made in Skye and would make a good present for someone.  Available in Tescos.

Nyetimber make fine English sparking wines (great for the Christmas celebrations or as a present). Available for example in Waitrose  – http://nyetimber.com

Nyetimber blanc de blancs. Made in England.

Nyetimber blanc de blancs. Made in England.

Or what about a lovely made in England soap related gift from Lush.

How about a British made adult or child bicycle or tricycle from http://www.pashley.co.uk – for more British made bikes and cycling equipment please see – https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/bicycles/

http://limandalimanda.co.uk – Coastal & nautical themed home accessories and gifts ~ cushions, tide clocks, notice boards, chalk boards, key rings, and Christmas decorations. All their products are made and designed in North Yorkshire.

DreamGB have a lovely British made recycled wool rug*, as well as British made Christmas gifts for kids and lots of other British made items which will make great gifts – http://www.dreamgb.co.uk

Recycled wool rug at Dream GB. Made in Great Britain.

Recycled wool rug at Dream GB. Made in Great Britain.

Solway Blankets blankets, throws, baby blankets and picnic blankets are made in all made in British mills and would make wonderful gifts for all ages  – http://www.solwayblankets.co.uk. For more blankets please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/blankets/

How about a fab pair of British made Union Jack slippers (or any of their designs really) from Triggerfish – for more British made shoes, boots and trainers please see – https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/english-shoes-ten-brands-still-made-in-britain/*

Triggerfish Union Jack - navy / red slippers. Made in England.

Triggerfish Union Jack – navy / red slippers. Made in England.

A lovely made in Britain scarf from http://www.miel-b.co.uk*

miel b King George scarf. Made in Britain.

miel b King George scarf. Made in Britain.

A made in the UK accessory pouch from http://www.bigxtop.com/product/accessory-pouch

iftys.com – Iftys is an online store that specialises in selling British made luxury products.

Map Marketing Limited have a production facility in Devon and make large printed wall maps, educational tools, postcode maps, digital and bespoke maps, and map gifts, for example a jigsaw puzzle map centred on your home at http://www.mapmarketing.com/map-gifts-best-sellers/customised-map-jigsaw-puzzle_ct295pd299.htm. They do not make everything they sell themselves, so please do check before buying that what you want is actually made in Britain.

Want a gift for your pet?  Please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/pet-products/*

https://thingsbritish.co.uk – Gift shops where everything is designed and handcrafted in Great Britain. They have stores in London in Carnaby Street and St Pancras Railway Station and some items are available on their website. I visited the St Pancras store yesterday (8.12.13) and it is filled with reasonably priced wonderful British made gifts. Jewellery, technology cases, mugs, cups and saucers, passport holders, card holders, stationery, greetings cards, scarves, t-shirts, children’s wear, bags, satchels, clothing, luggage labels, coasters, pet accessories, English Handmade Soap, and much more; at affordable prices and all handcrafted in Britain. This is a must visit gift shop for tourists and anyone who lives in the UK.*

I love London travel card holder at Things British.

I love London travel card holder at Things British.  Made in Great Britain.

Things British gift shop in St Pancras railway station, London. Photograph by author.

Things British gift shop in St Pancras railway station, London. Photograph by author.

Next door to the Things British shop in St Pancras you’ll find a Smart Turnout shop.  Quite a few of the items in this menswear shop are British made, for example their cricket caps, some of their jumpers and some of their scarves.

Burford Woodcraft is a shop in Burford in the Cotswolds selling just British made wood products. They have an eclectic and innovative collection of wooden and wood related products such as cabinets, sculptures, bowls and platters, jewellery boxes, desk accessories, kitchenware, notebooks, bookmarks, wooden onions, wooden glasses, greeting cards, games and toys all made in the UK. Selected products are also available from their website. It says at the top of the front page of their website “Quality Products, Handmade in Britain” – http://www.burford-woodcraft.co.uk

Burford Woodcraft shop in Burford. Photograph by author.

Burford Woodcraft shop in Burford. Photograph by author.

How about a handsome British made tie? For example from http://tinaloder.co.uk/ties2013 – entirely made in England ties.

Or a beautifully made tie from Cavenagh London – http://www.cavenaghties.co.uk.  These top quality ties are all made in the UK (using Italian silk) and prices start at just £10 a tie.*

Cavenagh Ties. Made in England.

Cavenagh Ties. Made in England.

Or how about a made in England silk cravat from http://www.cravat-club.com

The whole Merchant Fox collection is made in Britain and includes so many beautiful items – http://www.themerchantfox.co.uk.  For example this beautiful Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant.

Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant. Made in England.

Merchant Fox – Fox Mask Sterling Silver Pendant. Made in England.

According to this article by the Grey Fox in the Guardian, a recent survey found that men prefer underwear to gimmicky gifts. So why not buy your man British made underwear? For example from British Boxers by DAP Squared, Cock and Bull, Burtonwode, Daniel Jenkins, or Kiniki. There’s actually a wide choice out there of British made underwear and swimwear for both men and women – please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/pants-and-knickers-british-made-underwear-for-men-and-women/

British Boxers. British made.

British Boxers. British made.

Super British made socks as a gift in wool, cotton, alpaca from http://www.jarbon.comYou can find many more British made socks here.

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 - 80% British wool /20% nylon. Made in Britain.

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 – 80% British wool /20% nylon. Made in Britain.

Or perhaps a British made alpaca scarf from http://www.plumoflondon.com (their entire range of knitwear for men, women and children is British made; the alpaca is sourced from Peru).

How about a made in England box framed memo board / key hanger board by Beautiful and Useful which are available at Things British or via the Beautiful and Useful website – http://www.beautifulanduseful.co.uk*

Ticking - Key Hanger Boards. Made in England

Ticking – Key Hanger Boards. Made in England

A lovely handmade clutch bag or purse from Sew Good Bags; available at Things British – http://www.sewgoodbags.com*

Or handmade fridge magnet pegs by The Home Made Haven; available at Things British –http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHomemadeHaven?ref=shop_name_search_sugg*

The Velvet Co put together gift boxes which contain luxury products made in the UK – http://www.thevelvet.co

I hope you find this gift guide enjoyable and useful. There are so many quality British made items and it was difficult to know what to feature in this article. Do have a look around the rest of my site.  Thanks.

Also please buy British made Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and Christmas cards, for example at:

Deck the Halls British made Christmas decorations – http://www.deck-the-halls.co.uk*

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

Happy & Glorious sell British made Christmas tree decorations, as well as lots of other British made gift items. Everything on the Happy & Glorious site is made in the UK – http://www.happyglorious.co.uk*

Shakspeare Glass make contemporary blown glass in Somerset, England, including beautiful Christmas baubles – http://shakspeareglass.co.uk*

BAUBLE-250-RUBY-PAIR. Made in England by Shakspeare Glass

BAUBLE-250-RUBY-PAIR. Made in England by Shakspeare Glass

Victoria Armstrong ceramics and stationery all made in England. Much of it is dog themed. It says on their website “Using traditional, hand-made methods, our dog-themed, ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries. Our mugs and jugs are made from the best Cornish clay and our Christmas baubles from the finest English Bone China. Our stationery collection is made in Wiltshire and Kent and uses high quality, responsibly sourced board which is FSC approved” – http://www.victoriaarmstrong.co.uk

Designed and made in Britain, a Timba Tree is a wonderful sustainable alternative Christmas tree – http://www.timbatree.co.uk

ChristmasTimeUK sell an artificial pencil Christmas tree at http://www.christmastimeuk.com/display_details.php?category=&cat=1&code=011-19359&type=&brand=

You can also get a British grown real Christmas tree easily, but do check where it is grown, that the trees on the farm are sustainably managed and consider a tree with roots so you can plant it in the garden after Christmas.

All of the green gables products are made in Britain, such as their Christmas cards and gift wrap.

Nancy & Betty Studio sell a range of British made greetings cards, gift wrap, notelets, and Christmas crackers. They say on their website “All of our goods are proudly made in Great Britain, including the envelopes and presentation boxes”. Available from their website, in various well known stores and elsewhere online for example at Unique and Unityhttp://www.nancyandbetty.com

Why not tie up your Christmas presents with Twool sustainable twine (and re-use it later).*

You can get British made Christmas crackers from Simply Crackers, the only company I know of making Christmas crackers in the UK. Simply Crackers  is the trading name of Wheatley of Nottingham who manufacture crackers for all occasions. They say on their website “for your peace of mind ALL our crackers are produced at our Christmas cracker factory in Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, UK” – http://www.simplycrackers.co.uk

You can find British made tinsel at http://www.dreamgb.co.uk/seasonal/christmas-gifts/british-made-tinsel-detail* This quality tinsel is made in Wales by Festive.*

British made tinsel by Festive

British made tinsel by Festive Productions Limited

Waitrose (and John Lewis) sell British made wrapping paper, but you’ll have to buy instore as country of origin is not listed on their website.*  Marks and Spencer Christmas wrapping paper is made in Britain, but again you’ll have to buy instore as country of origin is not listed on their website.* Sainsbury sell British made wrapping paper; sensibly they do state country of origin online so you can safely buy online or instore.*

Some shops, like House of Fraser and Paperchase, only sell Chinese made Christmas wrapping paper, but you will be able to find British made wrapping paper in most other shops – just check the country of origin on the packaging.

Some Christmas cards, like those from Marks and Spencer, Cancer Research, and Tesco are usually made in China. Some cards do not state country of origin on the back (and we have to assume these are foreign made) but most give country of origin.

Most shops have British made Christmas cards – just check the country of origin on the back of the card. For example, Woodmansterne greetings cards are all designed and printed in England (the RSPB charity Christmas cards I am giving this year are made by Woodmansterne) or Heavenly Creatures by the Almanac Gallery Christmas cards (part of the Great British Card Company) are printed in the UK or Christmas cards by the green gables are made in Britain. Pony Poo Christmas cards are made in the UK (from pony poo!). Emma Burningham Christmas cards and Christmas gift wrap are manufactured in the UK. Oxfam Christmas cards (at least all those I have seen) are made in the UK. Emotional Rescue and On-The-Ceiling personalised cards are all made in the UK and can be purchased online at TheDogsDoodahs.com. Another online company that makes their personalised cards in the UK (in Guernsey) is Moonpig.

For more information on British made cards and suppliers please see:

Buy British made cards – support Britain

When buying your diary or calendar for 2014, please buy one that is made in the UK – see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/british-made-diaries/ for British made diaries and calendars.

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Marks and Spencer launches Best of British Collection

Marks and Spencer launched its Best of British Collection today, which I understand is either manufactured in Britain or at least is made from British milled fabrics. Menswear in this very limited range includes outerwear, jackets, suits, shoes, bags, jumpers, shirts, trousers, ties, belts and braces.  Womenswear includes skirts, outerwear, trousers, jackets, dresses, shoes and scarves. The prices are premium. Only available in a limited number of stores. The styles look great.

As always, check the labels for country of origin information.  Remember that the the vast majority of goods for sale in Marks and Spencer are foreign made, so you will need to be very careful to choose only made in Britain items.

Besides this new Best of British collection there are a few other made in the UK items for sale in Marks and Spencer, but these days they are few and far between. That said Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made goods to choose from.

Good for M&S that they are selling this Best of British collection and about time too. An interesting move from a company that is almost single-handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK.  Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK. Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/Introducing-Best-of-British-Style-Edit-Home-Womens/b/3365792031?releaseID=142986484&customerID=A2KDRR55L87YKB

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

Tea, coffee and hot drinks blended and packed in Great Britain

Twinings – “Still blended and packed with pride in the UK” it says on the Twinings  tea I got the other day. Sadly this is not true of all their tea – some Twinings tea is now blended and packed in Poland. On some packets / tins of tea it says blended and packed in England or Poland and does not even tell the customer which one. All very disappointing! http://www.twinings.co.uk

The same foreign manufacturing presumably applies to Jacksons of Piccadilly too, as they are owned by Twinings – http://www.jacksonsofpiccadilly.co.uk

Keith Spicer Ltd, established in Bournemouth in 1934, source, import and blend teas from all over the world for many famous brands here in UK at either their Ferndown, Dorset or their North Shields, Tyne & Wear site – they bought the old Twinings site at Earl Grey Way (yes, really!) in 2012 after Twinings had decamped to Poland making c.260 employees redundant in 2011.
Their brand is Dorset Tea and it is all packed in Britain – www.dorsettea.co.uk

Whittard of Chelsea stress their British heritage but as far as I can tell all their teas are all packed in Germany.  Some of their products do not even state the country of origin.  They do though sell a very limited range British made tea pots and the like in their shops.

Yorkshire Tea, Betty’s Tea and Taylors of Harrogate tea (Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate Group) – http://www.bettysandtaylors.co.ukhttp://www.yorkshiretea.co.uk – is all made in the UK as far as I am aware. The same goes for their coffee.

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Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Sunday ground coffee. Roasted and packed in the UK.

Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Sunday ground coffee. Roasted and packed in the UK. Photograph by author.

Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Sunday ground coffee. Roasted and packed in the UK. Rear label view.

Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Sunday ground coffee. Roasted and packed in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

PG Tips tea is, as far as I am aware, all blended and packed in the UK. I understand that it is blended and packed in Manchester, England (PG Tips is part of Unilever) – http://www.pgtips.co.uk

PG Tips loose tea. Blended and packed in Manchester, England (part of Unilever).

PG Tips loose tea. Blended and packed in Manchester, England (part of Unilever).

The London Cuppa Ltd is a new brand to me but I am pleased to see their tagline is “a fine tea specially selected, and blended, in London England” and as such presumably all their teas are blended and packed in the UK – http://www.thelondoncuppa.com

New English Teas provide gift teas in tins and cartons. Trade only. Founded in 1985. No country of origin information is given on their website, but the tins of tea in the picture below by New English Teas are produced in the UK. I don’t know if the tins / cartons themselves are made in the UK or if all their products are UK made, so please check before buying. I don’t know whether they manufacture themselves but possibly not – http://www.newenglishteas.com

New English Teas Tea Rations gift tin. 40 tea bags. Produced in the United Kingdom. Photographed by the author in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Bourton on the Water.

New English Teas Tea Rations gift tin. 40 tea bags. Produced in the United Kingdom. Photographed by the author in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Bourton on the Water.

The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company and informally as John Company, was a British company that once ruled India and has influenced the very fabric of all our lives today. The company was dissolved in 1874, by which time its immense power had long passed to the British Government. Sanjiv Mehta, a Mumbai-born entrepreneur, has since around 2005 taken on the name East India Company and launched his new business under that name in around 2010, in an interesting twist of history. The new East India Company sells premium priced teas and coffees, biscuits, chocolates, jams, marmalades and mustards; some of which are made in the UK. Whilst country of origin information is not given as such on their website for most products you can see pictures of the labels on the packaging which say where a product is made. Looking around their Covent Garden store in January 2016, I noted that pleasingly quite a few of their products such as teas are made in the UK, so with careful selection you may be able to find UK made products from this company – http://www.eicfinefoods.com

East India Company Jasmine Pearls Green Tea. Blended and packed in the UK.

East India Company Jasmine Pearls Green Tea. Blended and packed in the UK.. Photograph by author.

East India Company Jasmine Pearls Green Tea. Blended and packed in the UK. Rear of packaging label view.

East India Company Jasmine Pearls Green Tea. Blended and packed in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

East India Company Real Stawberries in Chocolate - NOT made in the UK.

East India Company Real Stawberries in Chocolate – NOT made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Fortnum and Mason tea is, again as far as I aware, all blended and packed in Britain – https://www.fortnumandmason.com/t/categories/tea-and-coffee/all

Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend Tea - Blended and packed in the UK

Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend Tea – Blended and packed in the UK

Fortnum and Mason Breakfast Tea - blended and packed in the UK

Fortnum and Mason Breakfast Tea – blended and packed in the UK

Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend Tea

Fortnum and Mason Royal Blend Tea

Essential Waitrose tea is packed in the UK. Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules used to be clearly labelled as processed and packed in the UK. Note country of origin is no longer given, in line with a new Waitrose policy of not labelling country of origin. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made – http://www.waitrose.com

Essential Waitrose Original Blend - Loose Leaf Tea 250g. Packed in the UK.

Essential Waitrose Original Blend – Loose Leaf Tea 250g. Packed in the UK.

Essential Waitrose Original Blend Tea - 40 Round Bags 125g. Packed in the UK

Essential Waitrose Original Blend Tea – 40 Round Bags 125g. Packed in the UK

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Label view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Tregothnan tea is unique in that it is actually grown, blended and packed in England. The Tregothnan camellia sinensis tea bush is grown in small pockets all over the Tregothnan home estate whilst larger plantations are located on Tregothnan land throughout south Cornwall. Available via the Tregothnan website and in Waitrose. It has been available to buy since 2005. The Tregothnan estate in Cornwall also their own British produced biscuits, honey, jam, charcoal and firewood, as well as running holiday cottages in Cornwall – http://tregothnan.co.uk

Tregothnan GREAT British Tea. Grown, blended and packed in England

Tregothnan GREAT British Tea. Grown, blended and packed in England.

The Clipper Tea, Mango Green Tea bags, (c/o Kallo Foods Ltd – not quite sure what that means) is labelled “imported ingredients blended and packed in the UK”. Good to see such clear provenance labelling, although they do not say where the tea is grown. It is not so clear on their website though whether all their tea and coffee is blended and packed in the UK, although of their tea they do say in their FAQs “All the teas we source are then brought home to Beaminster, Dorset, where we take loving care to blend them, and check the quality to ensure they are just right before they are packed for their journey on to our customers” which seems to suggest all their teas are made in the UK, although tells you nothing about their coffee. Check the packaging for country of origin as that does seem to be clearly labelled. Clipper products are available via their website, although they do not give country of origin information on their website, or in shops. Clipper hot chocolate is made from imported ingredients and is packed in the UK, but does not say where it is made. Clipper Nettle tea is made from EU/Non-EU agriculture imported ingredients and is then blended and packed in the UK by Clipper Teas Ltd. Sadly Clipper coffee is made in Germany – http://www.clipper-teas.com

Clipper drinking chocolate. Imprted ingredients. Packed in the UK for Clipper Teas Lts. No indication of where it is made.

Clipper drinking chocolate. Imported ingredients. Packed in the UK for Clipper Teas Ltd. No indication of where it is made. Photograph by author.

Clipper drinking chocolate. Imported ingredients. Packed in the UK for Clipper Teas Ltd. No indication of where it is made. Label detail view.

Clipper drinking chocolate. Imported ingredients. Packed in the UK for Clipper Teas Ltd. No indication of where it is made. Label detail view. Photograph by author.

Clipper Nettle tea. EU/Non-EU agriculture imported ingredients. Blended and packed in the UK by Clipper Teas Ltd.

Clipper Nettle tea. EU/Non-EU agriculture imported ingredients. Blended and packed in the UK by Clipper Teas Ltd. Photograph by author.

Clipper Nettle tea. EU/Non-EU agriculture imported ingredients. Blended and packed in the UK by Clipper Teas Ltd. Label view detail.

Clipper Nettle tea. EU/Non-EU agriculture imported ingredients. Blended and packed in the UK by Clipper Teas Ltd. Label view detail.

Charbonnel et Walker (or Charbonnel and Walker) chocolate drink is made in the UK, as are all Charbonnel et Walker chocolates. Available via their website and in supermarkets such as Waitrose.Charbonnel et Walker have a shop in the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, London and their factory is in Tunbridge Wells – http://www.charbonnel.co.uk

Hans Sloane drinking chocolate is made in the UK. Available via their website and in supermarkets such as Waitrose and Tesco – https://www.sirhanssloane.com

Traidcraft Organic Fairtrade Cocoa 125 g is made in the UK. Available from their website or online elsewhere – http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

Traidcraft Organic Fairtrade Cocoa 125 g. Made in the UK.

Traidcraft Organic Fairtrade Cocoa 125 g. Made in the UK.

Buckshot Coffee Co. coffee blends are made In Sheffield, England. Their other items (‘hardware’) is all foreign made – buckshotcoffeeroasters.com

Smith Street Coffee Roasters coffee is made in Sheffield. They also sell Café Olé stove top Italian style coffee makers and a Café Olé cafetiere which they say are made in Sheffield – http://www.smithstreetcoffeeroasters.co.uk

Beanies Amaretto Almond flavour instant coffee is made in the UK for Beanies. They also do other flavours of coffee – http://www.beaniesflavourco.co.uk

Beanies Amaretto Almond flavour instant coffee is made in the UK for Beanies.

Beanies Amaretto Almond flavour instant coffee is made in the UK for Beanies. Photograph by author.

Beanies Amaretto Almond flavour instant coffee is made in the UK for Beanies. Rear label view.

Beanies Amaretto Almond flavour instant coffee is made in the UK for Beanies. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Carte Noire instant coffee from American company Mondelez International (Kraft / Douwe Egberts) is “Made in the UK”. Look for the words “Made in the UK on the packaging as not all Mondelez is made in the UK – http://www.mondelezinternational.com

Mondelez Carte Noire Classic instant coffee. Made in the UK.

Mondelez Carte Noire Classic instant coffee. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Mondelez Carte Noire Classic instant coffee. Made in the UK. Back label view.

Mondelez Carte Noire Classic instant coffee. Made in the UK. Back label view. Photograph by author.

Most of the big UK supermarkets, fortunately for the consumer, still stock many British made products and clearly label their own brand products too (the exception being Waitrose who now no longer bother to tell their customers where most of their products are made) and so by looking at supermarket packaging you can easily buy British produced foodstuffs. Coffee production in the last few years seems to have moved mostly to Germany, I assume following Nestle’s factory closures in the UK (see below).

Tesco own brand Classic instant coffee and Tesco Value coffee is described as produce of more than one country. It does not specicify where it is made specifically but abroad in any case, although it is packed in the UK. Tesco cocoa powder is produced in Italy and only packed in the UK. Tesco Original loose leaf tea is again produced abroad but packed in the UK. Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate is made in the UK  – http://www.tesco.com

Tesco own brand Classic instant coffee. Produce of more than one country. Does not specicify where it is made specifically but abroad. Packed in the UK.

Tesco own brand Classic instant coffee. Produce of more than one country. Does not specicify where it is made specifically but abroad. Packed in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco own brand Classic instant coffee. Produce of more than one country. Does not specicify where it is made specifically but abroad. Packed in the UK. Label view detail.

Tesco own brand Classic instant coffee. Produce of more than one country. Does not specicify where it is made specifically but abroad. Packed in the UK. Label view detail.

Tesco cocoa powder is produced in Italy and only packed in the UK. Front view.

Tesco cocoa powder is produced in Italy and only packed in the UK. Front view.

Tesco cocoa powder is produced in Italy and only packed in the UK. Label view.

Tesco cocoa powder is produced in Italy and only packed in the UK. Label view.

Tesco Original loose leaf tea is again produced abroad but packed in the UK

Tesco Original loose leaf tea is again produced abroad but packed in the UK.

Tesco Original loose leaf tea is again produced abroad but packed in the UK. Label view.

Tesco Original loose leaf tea is again produced abroad but packed in the UK. Label view.

Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate. Produced in the UK. Front of packaging view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Finest Columbian freeze dried instant coffee. Produce of Columbia. Packed in the UK. I wonder where it is processed? Photograph by author. Front view.

Tesco Finest Columbian freeze dried instant coffee. Produce of Columbia. Packed in the UK. I wonder where it is processed? Photograph by author. Front view.

Tesco Finest Columbian freeze dried instant coffee. Produce of Columbia. Packed in the UK. I wonder where it is processed? Photograph by author. Rear label view.

Tesco Finest Columbian freeze dried instant coffee. Produce of Columbia. Packed in the UK. I wonder where it is processed? Photograph by author. Rear label view.

Sainsbury own brand coffee, likewise, seems to be packed in the UK but made abroad. I am not sure about their own brand tea, etc – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk

Marks and Spencer own brand coffee all seems to be packed in Germany from foreign milled beans. I am not sure about their own brand tea, etc – http://www.marksandspencer.com

Asda coffee own brand is packed in the UK but presumably is foreign made. I am not sure about their own brand tea, etc – http://www.asda.com

Nescafe (part of Nestle) coffee is made all over the world, including in the UK. For example there has been a Nestle coffee production factory in Hayes since 1913 (it originally made chocolate when it first started and moved over to coffee production in 1939, having been purchased by Nestle in 1919) but during 2015 it was closed. Nestle’s Tutbury plant in Derbyshire and the Dalston plant in Cumbria continue to make coffee. Nestle still have factories in Girvan, Dalston, Fawdon, York, Halifax and Tutbury, Buxton, Welwyn Garden City, Bromborough, Sudbury, Wisbech, and Aintree, producing coffee, chocolate, water, pet food, etc. Unfortunately for the consumer Nestle have a policy of not labelling country of origin on their products, so you will not know where your coffee was manufactured – https://www.nescafe.co.uk

For British made coffee and tea making machines, please see here.  For British made mugs, teapots and suchlike, please see here.

For more British produced foodstuffs, please see my Pinterest British Food and Drink page.

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Greetings Cards / Birthday Cards / Christmas Cards / Blank Cards / Envelopes / Postcards / Gift Wrap – are the greetings cards you buy made in the UK? Buy British made cards – support Britain.

Greetings cards, birthday Cards, Christmas cards, blank cards, thank you cards, Valentines cards, wedding cards, anniversary cards, etc. Are the cards and gift wrap you buy made in the UK?

Buy British made birthday cards – support Britain.  Fortunately many shops still sell greetings cards that are made in the UK, but there is a recent trend of cards in places like Paperchase being made in China.  Please look at the back of the cards you are buying and make sure they say that they are made in the UK.

If you shop carefully you should have no difficulty in getting British made greetings cards, envelopes, gift wrap and postcards.

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