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Televisions (TVs) that are made in the UK

Cello Electronics • UK’s Leading LED TV Manufacturer.

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


Not so long ago, all of Britain’s television sets were manufactured in Britain. In the past companies like Radio Rentals / Thorn (who ceased UK television manufacture in 1978) and Ekco manufactured televisions in the UK, and more recently Philips, Toshiba (who ceased UK television manufacture in 2009) and Sony manufactured TVs in the UK, but this is no longer the case. Most TVs these days are manufactured abroad.

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.

This article on the National Media Museum blog talks about UK television manufacture and specifically television manufacturing by Radio Rentals in Bradford.

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.”

Seiki is a Chinese owned electronics company who in the summer of 2014 set up a factory in South Wales as their new European base. Admittedly it is an assembly operation a bit like Cello, but it is great to see we now have two television factories in the UK which is amazing when you think that only three years ago we had none! Their TVs are reasonably priced and at least now we have 2 manufacturers to choose from. Available, for example, in Currys – http://www.seiki.com

Videotree Waterproof, Mirror and Outdoor Televisions are designed and manufactured in the UK. The company was founded 2001 and I only came to know of them because they are one of my twitter followers. I don’t know very much about this company, but they have a great looking website. They cater for healthcare, hospitality and marine industries in the main – http://videotree.com

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. 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.


The Rank Organisation was a British entertainment conglomerate owning film production, distribution and exhibition facilities, so as well as making films it owned film studios, film laboratories, cinemas, film advertising and suchlike. It also manufactured of radios, TVs, photocopiers (as one of the owners of Rank Xerox), CDs (see above), records, and more. It owned big name brands like Bush, Wharfedale and many of the motorway service stations in the UK. In recent years gross mismanagement, asset stripping and streamlining of the business has left it a shadow of its former self and its remaining businesses are just gambling and bingo.

Also see radios.


www.madecloser.co.uk – a marketplace for UK manufactured products

Have a look at Made Closer http://www.madecloser.co.uk if you get chance, one of my followers on twitter. They have a varied range of British made goods for sale – update 21/10/18 regrettably Made Closer appear to have closed down. Their website no longer works and their twitter and Facebook have not been updated since 2015 – what a shame.

Just a quick look earlier on and I found:-

UK made televisions from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com

Cello Electronics 55" C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

Cello Electronics 55″ C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

UK made PVC table cloths from UK Tableclothes –  http://www.uktablecloths.com

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK made children’s furniture, sofabeds, chairbeds, sofa, chairs, bean bags, bean chairs, z beds, toyboxes, and headboards from Just 4 Kidz – http://www.just4kidz.co.uk

UK manufactured sofabeds by the Churchfield Sofa Bed Company – http://www.sofabed.co.uk – fab looking furniture here, a reasonable prices too.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also own Just 4 Kidz and UK Tableclothes I believe. The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also  supply a complete range of furniture, including chairs, sofas and sofabeds, which is suitable for contract applications such as schools, colleges, universities, hotels, hospitals, retirement homes, and so on.

UK made sieves by Hill and Sons.

UK made toasters by Rowlett Rutland.

UK made ladies and mens fashions, adult snake belts, fingerless gloves and beanies from Britwear – http://britwear.co.uk/magento/made-in-britain.html (note that not everything from Britwear is made in Britain!). Britwear also have an Amazon shop and an eBay shop

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.

Made in Britain menswear by Cock and Bull Menswear.

Made in the UK washbags and showercaps from ZPM.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

British made pyjamas from PJ Pan

Crowns & Coronets British made childrenswear and babywear.

Made in England jewellery from L.K. Rosa.

Lojango Design’s made in Devon, England ladies flat pack hats – sun hats, rain hats, wedding hats, etc. and bespoke hats.

Made in England New Forest Aromatics – candles, hand care products, lip balms, bath products.

UK made children’s furniture from Weamo Furniture.

PHOENOX TEXTILES LTD are manufacturers and importers of textiles. They have a manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire, but also manufacture in India and the Far East. Their carpets, rugs, bathroom floor mats and entrance mats still seem to be made in the UK. Trade and their public brands are Rug Guru (made in India and the UK – you’ll have to ask if what you are interested in is made in the UK); Hug Rug (made in England rugs / mats – made in England door mats, runners and half-moon mats, entrance and garden mats, pet mats and bathroom mats); Big Hug (bean bags for indoors and bean bags for outdoor use, outdoor rugs, door stops, cushion pads, pet bean bags and fleece pet blankets).  As Phoenox Textiles manufacture manufacture many of their products abroad you should ask whether the bean bag or whatever you want is actually made in the UK before buying.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

English made Mens cufflinks and ladies jewellery from Silver Chic and Magic Accessories. English made Pewter jewellery from Cornwall made by The Cornish Jewellery Co.

Wooden toys, kitchen boards, card cases and so on made in England by Croglin Designs.

UK made vintage style signs for the garden and home made from old fence panels and floor boards by Button and Jewels Vintage Sign Company.

Dean Williams Studio Ltd design illuminating sculptures for the home and garden, plus do bespoke work, all manufactured in the UK –http://www.deanwilliamsstudio.com/.

Unidome (portable rigid semi permanent dome structures) made in England – http://www.unidome.co.uk

Made in Britain candles on the Pretty Chic website  – http://www.pretty-chic.co.uk – some other British made products on this website too.

Made Closer is a useful website. Turn on their only made in the UK button to get only UK made items and you can even narrow down by region. The concept behind the website is presumably sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported by buying locally made products. Fab. Prices include delivery to the UK mainland. I have found many great UK made products for sale on this great site. An interesting site selling UK made products 🙂

You can find information about the Made Closer ethos at http://www.madecloser.co.uk/about-us

Film and Television

Not strictly manufactured in Britain, but made in Britain; the UK makes some of the best TV and films (movies) in the world.  A recent good example of great British TV is the BBC drama Parade’s End starring Benedict Cumberbatch.  In the dying days of the Edwardian Empire, Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with the beautiful but cruel socialite Sylvia.  Based in the novels of Ford Madox Ford.

In films, a good example of great British film making (well perhaps strictly speaking Anglo-American-Japanese film making) is the Bond films (based in the character created by Ian Fleming and starring Daniel Craig as the most recent incarnation of James Bond), the latest of which is Skyfall which is premiered in London tomorrow.

Adelaide Clemens, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall in the BBC drama Parade’s End