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.
Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters and your kitchen equipment would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle or whatever today it will be made in China and break within a short time. Listed here are some British made kettles, toasters, kitchen items, vacuum cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear that’s British made.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company. Philips were once a big manufacturing presence in the UK. At the start of 2018 Phlips did actually have one factory still operating in the UK in Glemsford in Suffolk making Avent baby bottles but sadly in January 2018 Philips have announced even that is to close by 2020 and production moved to Philips home country, the Netherlands, because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK’s proposal to leave the European Union.
Ohyo is the handy, collapsable water bottle that’s easy to take anywhere.
Made in Sheffield, England. Fits in a pocket or bag. Good for the environment (re-useable; not disposable bottled water). I saw these yesterday (17 May 2013) in the National Trust shop on Dunstable Downs. National Trust shops incidentally sell a limited range of made in the UK products that are well worth a look and some National Trust shops sell locally produced farm products.
Also available on the Ohyo website, elsewhere online and in shops, including some Boots and Marks and Spencer stores. The M&S Ohyo bottles are M&S branded.
As well as the British made 500ml Ohyo bottle, Ohyo now make a British made 1000ml collapsable bottle too.
Tip. To get around the airport security liquids ban carry an empty bottle and refil at an airport drinking fountain. Carry one when you are out and about and fill for free at a drinking water fountain or household tap.
FILL IT FOR FREE
to find out about finding free water sources near you.
via ohyo water bottle.
Some interesting information about the benefits of drinking enough water can be found here.
How much water should you drink? The situation is complex. There is some guidance here on the NHS website.
“The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting deyhdrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.”
Disappointingly the Ohyo Bag is now foreign made. On the Ohyo website the Ohyo Bottle rightly proudly states it is made in England. From their kickstarter campaign I know Ohyo’s original intention with the Ohyo Bag was that it would be made in London by Jas Sehmbi in his London workshop, where the prototypes were made. It was great that it was being manufactured in London by Jas Sehmbi at Jas MB Ltd. However I now understand from their second kickstarter campaign manufacturing now takes place overseas. As I say, disappointing.
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.
British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Work – Scientific Equipment
British Made Tape Measures and Rulers
Fisco – http://www.fisco.co.uk – make tape measures in Essex in England. They make tape measures (the kind used by builders and in DIY), spirit levels, laser measures, long tape measures and surveyor’s tape measures, set squares, wooden rulers (bench rules, surveyor’s rods), steel rulers, and chalk line reels. I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England, so best to check before buying. Their products are available in Jewson, on the net, etc. Fisco are not British owned, rather they are part of the Hultafors Group AB which is in turn a business area wholly owned by Swedish Investment AB Latour. I have a Fisco Pro-Flex and it is a really good tape measure at a reasonable price. I also have a Fisco Un-Vision tape measure. I note their tape measures, whilst still made in England, are now marked Hultafors Fisco rather than just Fisco.
Rabone Chesterman (a company resulting from the 1963 merger of Rabone of Birmingham and Chesterman of Sheffield), maker of spirit levels and rules, of Whitmore St, Birmingham, were sold to Stanley in 1989. Rabone had previously acquired Dean Tape measures, the main British maker of non-metallic tape measures for the haberdashery trade, in 1986. In 1989, Stanley Tools purchased the assets of Rabone Chesterman from Bardsey PLC. Since then, the name and the name Dean have disappeared from their product lines.
I also found made in England tape measures branded Lion Heart on e-bay.
Does anyone know of other companies making tape measures in the UK? What about sewing / tailor’s measuring tapes (Dean as far as I know no longer exist)?
Woodworking tools, engineering tools, DIY tools, trade tools and equipment, glues, and other Tools
The Tube seat fabric is known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities, is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy dog collars and coats using the fabric at the London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These are made in England by Matt Fothergill using moquette fabric. Whilst a lot of stuff in the London Transport Museum Shop is made in China, they do stock a very good range of UK made products too – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette.html
It should be a relatively simple matter to buy Mugs, Pottery, China and Glass Ware made in the UK. British pottery is the best in the world and some of the industry still survives today. That said you’ll have to shop around, use the internet, and look carefully at back stamps for the words ‘Made in England’ or similar as a lot of pottery for sale on the high street these days is foreign made.