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British Made First Aid and Survival Kits – Survival Gear – Medical Kits – Medical Supplies – Face Masks – Ropes and String – Military Equipment

If you’re buying or putting together a first aid kit for home or work, buying first aid supplies or putting together a survival kit, do try to buy British.

If you are ordering a first aid kit for your workplace, ask your supplier about the provenance of both the container and the contents and insist on getting British made for both.

It may take a bit of research to find British made.  Here is what I have found so far.  If you find more manufacturers and supplies please let me know.

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BCB International – Survival and Protective Equipment

About BCB International, Wales, UK.

BCB International is a long established designer and manufacturer of survival and protective equipment, based in Cardiff, South Wales.

BCB International manufacture some of their products in the UK, for example (as of June 2013):

  • Trekkers Survival Tin
  • Personal Safety Kit
  • Ultimate Survival Kit
  • Mountain Survival Kit
  • Disaster Grab Bag
  • Go Pack
  • Lifesaver #1, #2, and #3 First Aid Packs
  • (Some or all of the contents of the above may not be British made?)
  • Bushcraft Camouflage Cream
  • Chameleon Camo Compact
  • Wildlife Insect Repellents
  • Wet Meals Ration Packs
  • Red Cross Ration
  • Emergency Ration Pack VI
  • Emergency Belt Order Ration
  • Matchless Fire Set
  • Survival Matches (made for BCB by Octavius Hunt?)
  • Striker Fire Flint
  • Fire Dragon Fuel
  • Steridex Hand Cleaner
  • Concentrated Body Soap.

The BCB Advanced Combat Equipment and Adventure catalogues label which of their products are UK made – http://bcbin.com/media/catalogues/

Whilst a lot of BCB kit is foreign made, it is good that they still manufacture some things in Britain, including various bits of military kit not listed above. If considering a purchase, please ask if what you are interesting in will be made in the UK.

http://www.bcbin.com – Trade only, but there are links to suppliers on their website and their products can be found on the net.

BCB International Wildlife Insect Repellent Spray. Made in Britain.

BCB International Wildlife Insect Repellent Spray. Made in Britain.

BCB Combat Survival Tin. Made in Great Britain (I am not sure if all the content is British made).

BCB Combat Survival Tin. Made in Great Britain (I am not sure if all the content is British made).

Acme Whistles [J Hudson and Co (Whistles) Ltd] – Made in Birmingham, England

The finest whistles in the world.


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Matches and pyrotechnic products made in the UK

Household Matches – not made in the UK anymore 😦

Pretty much one of life’s essentials, but there does not seem to be a single ordinary match made in the UK nowadays.

S.J.Moreland and Sons (former makers of England’s Glory matches), British Diamond Match Company / Collard & Kendall (former makers of Swan Vesta matches), Bell and BlackJ. John Masters & Co, and many other well known names were taken over by Bryant and May / British Match Corporation who were themselves taken over by Swedish Match who have now moved all their production to Sweden. In 1973 the British Match Corporation merged with Wilkinson Sword to form the new company Wilkinson Match who went bankrupt in1987 and Swedish Match bought the company. The Wilkinson Sword name continues to be marketed in Europe but the last UK Wilkinson Sword razor factory closed in 2000 and production is now in Germany and they are owned by USA company Edgewell Personal Care. Their production of swords came to an end when the company’s sword factory at Acton closed in September 2005. . Pooley Sword, formed in November 2005, purchased from Wilkinsons their drawings, spares and much of their tooling and as far as I can tell still manufactures swords in the UK. The last match factory in the UK, in Liverpool, closed in 1994. Swedish Match is a Swedish company based in Stockholm that makes snus, moist snuff, and chewing tobacco, as well as matches. Swedish Match have closed down all the former UK match factories in favour of moving production to Sweden. Bryant and May in the UK were sold to Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd in 2008 by Swedish Match. Swedish Match continue to make matches for them. Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd do not have an UK factories but pleasingly House of Swan lighter fluid is still made in the UK. Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd do not use the Bryan and May name which possibly still belongs to Swedish Match.

Swan Lighter Fluid, 100ml. Made in the UK. Photograph by author 26 August 2018. Suitable for filling Zippo and other lighters and has other uses too.

K Two lighter fluid which is suitable for filling Zippo and other lighters and has other uses too is made in England. KTWO of Market Pl, Abridge, Romford RM4 1UA are listed on Google as permanently closed, as of 13 September 2019, but their website ktwo.uk.com is still going so I assume they have moved. Their address is now shown as KTWO Lighters Limited, Block 1, Units 1 & 2, Cadzow Industrial Estate, Hamilton, ML3 7QU, which is near Glasgow. Whether they still make lighter fluid in the UK I don’t know. I suspect their other products are foreign made – http://www.ktwo.uk.com

K Two Lighter Fluid, made in England by KTWO Limited of Abridge, Essex. Photograph by author 29 September 2019. This is the date I purchsed this product from my local shop.

As far as I know there are no lighters made in the UK these days either.

Octavius Hunt Ltd, founded in 1870 and the only match manufacturer left in the UK, make specialist matches such as Windproof/Waterproof Matches and smoke matches (which are primarily used in the plumbing industry in the UK to test boilers and ventilation shafts for leaks). All their matches are produced in their factory in Bristol. Aside from specialist matches, Octavius Hunt also make smoke products (pesticide smokes and natural smokes) and pyrotechnic products (sparklers, party poppers, smoke pellets, smoke grenades and so on). Wholesale but available on the internet, on e-bay and in shops (branded).

Octavius Hunt Storm Matches. Made in England.

Octavius Hunt Storm Matches. Made in England.

England’s Glory Matches – Made in Sweden! Photograph dated November 20, 2012.

Vintage Quaker Safety Matches. Made in England

Vintage Quaker Safety Matches. Made in England. Photograph by author December 2013.

Vintage Byant and May’s matches – Matches are no longer produced anywhere in the UK by Bryant and May or any other company. Photograph dated 10 November 2012.