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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.

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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  #UKMadeClothes  #ClothesMadeInTheUK #BritishMadeClothes

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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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Buy British Made Easter Eggs

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 your local supermarket or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

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

Much of the chocolate and confectionery sold that used to be made in Britain is now actually foreign made, so shop with care and choose British made.

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g. Made in England

Sainsbury's Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g

Sainsbury’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g. Made in the UK.

Thorntons Milk Chocoloate Football Egg Easter Egg. Made in the United Kingdom. Photograph by author 17 February 2019.

Thorntons Milk Chocoloate Football Egg Easter Egg. Made in the United Kingdom. Photograph by author 17 February 2019. Rear of packaging label view

M&S Chirpy Chick small Easter Egg, made in the UK. Photograph by author 7 March 2020

M&S Chirpy Chick small Easter Egg, made in the UK. Photograph by author 7 March 2020. Rear label view

British Made Small Electrical Items – Kettles, Toasters, Kitchen Items, Vacuum Cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear

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.

Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005.

Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads "Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w"

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”

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British Made Watches and Clocks and British Made Watch Straps

For watches, now that companies like Timex only manufacture abroad, you might try:  Bremont (assembled in the UK; packaging made in the UK; Swiss movements; around £3,000-£20,000; Bremont employs around 30 watchmakers at a workshop in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames, and makes many of its own parts at a factory in Silverstone, Northamptonshire). Meridian (casing made in UK; then assembled in the UK; Swiss movements; around £5,000). Harold Pinchbeck (assembled in the UK; they say they try to use some British made components; Swiss movements; around £300 to £5,000+). More reasonably priced (from about £50-£300) are RLT Watches who buy, sell and repair all makes of vintage watches, but also assemble watches in the UK under their RLT Watches brand using Swiss or Japanese movements. IWI watches use Swiss movements, casing made in the UK and are assembled in the UK (around £1,000-£3,500). Peter Roberts Watches (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £20,000). J & T Windmills (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £1,000). Schofield watches (Swiss movements; case made in Germany; assembled in the UK; around £3,000+). Dent London (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £25,000; E.Dent & Co Ltd, makers of Big Ben, ceased to trade in 1966; this company just appears to have appropriated their name). Pinion watches have Swiss movements and are foreign made, but assembled in England. Again more reasonably priced are Paulin Watches (quartz watches, foreign made, assembled in the UK and sent in UK made packaging). W. T. Author watches are assembled in UK with Swiss made movements and they sell leather watch straps (24mm lug width only) made in Britain using Argentinian-sourced buffallo hide. Mr Jones Watches finish and assemble their limited edition watches in London (and only their limited edition watches, the rest of their collection being entirely foreign made). Garrick, which opened in Norfolk in 2015, uses movements made in Switzerland and modified or assembled in house and they say “We do almost everything else ourselves, from making the plates and dials to the cases and crowns.” Garrick watches retail for between £2,500 and £50,000, and around 70 were sold last year.

RLT Watch Co. Quartz Military Style RLT6 watch. Assembled in the UK.

RLT Watch Co. Quartz Military Style RLT6 watch. Assembled in the UK.

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Made in Britain @ ukmade

Made in Britain – Made in the UK – UK Made – British Made – Made in UK.

#BuyBritish #UKMade #BritishMade #MadeInTheUK #MadeInBritain

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.

 

“Best place for affordable souvenirs made in England”? British made gift and souvenir guide

In response to this question I saw on trip advisor  – where is the “Best place for affordable souvenirs made in England”?

Wherever you travel in the world, please make the effort to buy locally made souvenirs and support local people. At the very least make sure you buy a gift that is actually made in the country you are visiting.

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British made cigarettes, cigars, hand-rolling tobacco, cigarette papers, pipe tobacco, pipes, electronic cigarettes, matches and snuff – Last 2 cigarette factories in UK close with loss of 1,500 jobs

Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco no longer to be made in England

Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco no longer to be made in England.

Golden Virginia Hand Rolling Tobacco. On the Packet it says "Golden Virginia has been Made in England since 1877". If Imperial Tobacco go ahead, soon it will be made in Poland!

Golden Virginia Hand Rolling Tobacco. On the Packet it says “Golden Virginia has been Made in England since 1877”. If Imperial Tobacco go ahead with their factory closures, soon it will be made in Poland! Photograph by author.

Vintage Golden Virginia Tin. From the internet 25/1/17

Vintage Golden Virginia Tin. From the internet 25/1/17.

 

Plain cigarette packaging and larger sized packets are now with us (and a massive health warning). Golden Virginia hand-rolling tobacco in plain 30g packaging purchased from Waitrose 25/1/17.

Plain cigarette packaging and larger sized packets are now with us (and a massive health warning). Golden Virginia hand-rolling tobacco in plain 30g packaging purchased from Waitrose 25/1/17.

The last two cigarette factories in UK are to close with loss of around 1,500 jobs. Production is to move to Germany and Poland or Romania. Save our tobacco industry!

Imperial Tobacco is to close its Nottingham factory by 2016 with the loss of over 500 jobs.

The factory produces 17 billion cigarettes per year and contributes £500m to the local economy. The company made £3.18 billion profits last year and is moving its operations to Eastern Europe to “make even more money”.

The Imperial Tobacco Company was created in 1901 through the amalgamation of 13 British tobacco and cigarette companies, including W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol, John Player & Sons of Nottingham, and 11 smaller companies, with other small companies coming onboard later. W.D. & H.O. Wills was the largest British tobacco manufacturer at that time. The W.D. & H.O. Wills name was still used for brands such as Embassy Number 1 until recently (perhaps up until the end of the 20th century). Imperial had factories in Bristol, London, Swindon, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow and abroad. The Newcastle factory closed in 1986 and the Bristol factory (which made cigars) closed in 1990. The Nottingham factory closed in 2016, marking the end of cigarette production in England. Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco was manufactured in Nottingham, England by Imperial Tobacco as were their cigarettes. Production has moved for example to Germany and Poland.

In September 2005 Imperial Tobacco announced the closure of Rizla’s Treforest factory at Pontypridd near Cardiff in South Wales with a loss of 134 jobs. After the closure of the factory, Rizla production is now concentrated at Wilrijk, Belgium.

Vintage pack of 20 REGAL King Size made in England by Imperial Tobacco Limited. Front view

Vintage pack of 20 REGAL King Size made in England by Imperial Tobacco Limited. Rear of packaging view showing the words “Made in England”.

The Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham just before closure in 2016.

Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher (now Japanese owned) is to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of more than 800 jobs by around 2016. The JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena is among the largest employers in Northern Ireland.  

“Each year almost £60m is pumped into the local wage economy by JTI – from 2017 that will be over” 

Sadly the JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena closed in 2017, meaning the last UK-made cigarettes rolled off JTI production line. Wrightbus has bought the site left behind by tobacco giant JTI Gallaher.

Excuses by both Imperial and Gallaher about European Union cigarette packaging legislation are not relevant as that legislation will affect Poland and elsewhere in Europe too.

The Gallaher Tobacco Company was founded in 1857, whilst Imperial Tobacco’s roots can be traced back to 1877 and John Player.  Imperial Tobacco (Imperial Brands plc) is the world’s fourth-largest international cigarette company measured by market share after Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco (BAT), and Japan Tobacco, and the world’s largest producer of cigars, fine-cut tobacco, and tobacco papers.

Cigarette companies have been quietly shutting down other factories in the UK, for example Gallaher shut its Oldham factory in around 2000 leading to the loss of 1000 jobs (incidentally employees at the Oldham factory were entitled to free cigarettes regularly), its Belfast plant in 1988 and its Port Talbot cigar factory in Wales in 1994. Imperial closed its cigar factory in Bristol in 2010. Imperial closed its Sheffield factory in 1989 and its Liverpool factory in 2006. The last cigarettes to be made in Britain were in 2017 and now no cigarettes are made in Great Britain at all.

House of Swan – Bryant and May merged with the Diamond Match Company in 1909. In 1927 British Match Corporation (BMC) was formed – a collaboration between Bryant & May and Swedish Match. In 1973 BMC acquired Wilkinson Sword Ltd and changed its name to Wilkinson Match Ltd. It retained Bryant & May as a separate, named business. In 1994 the Liverpool factory closed (the last match factory in the UK – their factories in Northern Ireland, Glasgow and Gloucester has already shut down) and match manufacturing was transferred to the Swedish Match factory in Tidaholm, Sweden. In 1997 Bryant & May Ltd changed its name to Swedish Match. In 2008 Swedish Match AB sold the UK business to Republic Technologies International. In 2009 Swedish Match UK Ltd changed its name to Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd. Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd also own European brands such as Zig Zag, OCB and JOB, as well as the Bryant and May Swan brand.Their head office remains in High Wycombe. Their cigarette papers and filters are made in their factories Europe in Spain, France and Austria. Swan Vesta matches are I assume still made in Sweden by Swedish Match. Swan filters and flints appear to be foreign made but I am not sure by whom, perhaps Swedish Match. Bryant and May also took over S.J. Moreland and Sons, who made and sold matches under the trade name England’s Glory in 1913 and Albright and Wilson and Maguire & Patterson. Wilkinson Sword was sold by Swedish match (all production is now in Germany, the UK factories having been closed down), as was confectionary company Vitafruit which has since closed down. Bryant and May also took over Collard & Kendall, Bell and BlackJ. John Masters & Co. The Bryant and May name is no longer used, perhaps still belonging to Swedish Match. Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd do not appear to have any factories in the UK but pleasingly House of Swan lighter fluid is still made in the UK, but their other products unfortunately all appear to be foreign made – http://www.houseofswan.com

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.

Vintage Quaker Safety Matches. Made in England. Photograph by author 30 December 2013

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

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 November 10, 2012.

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

Octavius Hunt are an industrial smokes and pyrotechnics manufacturer and now the only match manufacturer left in the UK and make specialist matches such as windproof and waterproof matches – http://www.octaviushunt.co.uk

Octavius Hunt Storm Matches. Made in England.

Octavius Hunt Storm Matches. Made in England.

RIPS cigarette papers on a roll are the only standard cigarette papers still made in the UK – http://www.roll-your-own.co.uk

RIPS Regular Red on-a-roll cigatette papers. Made in England

RIPS Regular Red on-a-roll cigatette papers. Made in England.

Pot and Pan Cosmic Highland papers are made in Scotland. Long papers only – http://www.papers4smoking.com

Snuff, hand-rolling tobacco and pipe tobacco is still made in Britain, for example by:

Wilsons of Sharrow and Fribourg & Treyer snuff (made by Wilsons) is made in the UK (it says so on the tins). Wilsons snuff tins now seem to say “Made in England” rather than “Made in the UK” on them and Wilsons of Sharrow Irish Toast now appears to be called Irish No.22. Wilson products can be purchased on their website and are available in good tobacconists  and elsewhere online such as at Black Swan Shoppe Limited of Scarborough. Some Wilsons products, such as their own brand cigarette papers, are foreign made. They also sell a variety of smoking related products from other manufacturers, most of which are foreign made, including some foreign made snuffs. Additionally they sell British made McChrystal’s snuffs, Dr. Rumney’s snuff (which Wilsons purchased from Imperial Tobacco in 2016) and Singleton’s snuff (which Wilsons also purchased from Imperial Tobacco in 2016) http://sharrowmills-online.com

SHARROW SNUFF - SP100. Made in the UK.

SHARROW SNUFF – SP100. Made in the UK.

McChrystal’s snuff is made in the UK. In an email of 16th February 2015, they confirmed this to me and pointed out that they have been making snuff in the UK for 90 years – http://www.mcchrystals.co.uk

McChrystals Original & Genuine 3.5g Mini Tin. Made in the UK.

McChrystals Original & Genuine 3.5g Mini Tin. Made in the UK.

Radford Snuff is an old English snuff originally blended by J. Brumfit & Radford Tobacco Ltd of Harrow, London. Radford Snuff English type is now being made by German company Pöschl Tabak. Radford snuff is made in Germany under licence from J. Brumfit & Radford Tobacco Ltd. J. Brumfit & Radford Tobacco Ltd seem to still be a existing company but no longer manufacture themselves or in the UK and have it done for them in Germany. Pöschl also manufacture some products for Gawith Hoggarth (see below).

Samuel Gawith, make snuff and pipe tobacco in Kendal in the Lake District of Cumbria, England. They confirmed to me by email on 16th February 2015 that they still manufacture their snuff and pipe tobacco in England – http://www.samuelgawith.co.uk

Samuel Gawith Banana Snuff, 10g. Made in England.

Samuel Gawith Banana Snuff, 10g. Made in England.

Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader pipe tobacco 50g. Made in England.

Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader pipe tobacco 50g. Made in England.

There’s an interesting article about Samuel Gawith & Company here.

Gawith Hoggarth also manufactures snuff in Kendal in Cumbria (Gawith Hoggarth and Samuel Gawith are separate businesses originally set up by 2 brothers in the 1790s). As well as snuff, Gawith Hoggarth also make hand roiling tobacco, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. Some Gawith Hoggarth products are made for them by Pöschl of Germany and so some Gawith Hoggarth products may be foreign made – http://www.gawithhoggarth.co.uk

Gawith Hoggarth Auld Kendal hand rolling tobacco. Made in England.

Gawith Hoggarth Auld Kendal hand rolling tobacco. Made in England.

Gawith Hoggarth SP Snuff Tin. Made in England.

Gawith Hoggarth SP Snuff Tin. Made in England.

Toque Snuff snuff is manufactured in the UK (as confirmed to me in an email of 16th February 2015) – http://www.toquesnuff.com

Toque strawberry snuff. Made in the UK

Toque strawberry snuff. Made in the UK

Wikipedia suggests some of the above suppliers make under contract for others too and that brands such as ‘Mullins and Westbury‘ and ‘Jaxons‘ are made under contract by one of the above, and so they could be made in England if that is correct, but do check.

Sir Walter Scott’s Fine Border Snuff and ABRAXAS Premium Batch English Snuff are possibly made in the UK, but you should check this is so before buying. These are hand-made, luxury snuffs.

J. and H. Wilson (they don’t seem to have a website) have been part of Imperial Tobacco since 1953. The snuff was being made by their brand Ogden’s in Sheffield until 1989 or possibly much earlier, when production was moved to Ogden’s in Liverpool. The Liverpool factory was closed in 2006. The Liverpool factory also made pipe tobacco and Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco. The Hedges snuff brand also belongs to Imperial Tobacco I think. Although I have not been able to confirm it, I think Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco, Hedges snuff and J and H Wilson snuff are already foreign made.

Sharrow Snuff - Super Menthol. Made in the UK

Sharrow Snuff – Super Menthol. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Gawith Hoggarth Auld Kendal AK Gold Hand Rolling Tobacco 50g Tin. Made in England.

Gawith Hoggarth Auld Kendal AK Gold Hand Rolling Tobacco 50g Tin. Made in England.

Assorted tins of nasal snuff tobacco (from Wikipedia)

Assorted tins of nasal snuff tobacco (from Wikipedia)

There are also some pipes still made in the UK. The ones I know of, and there may be more, are: 

Invicta Pipes which are made in England – http://www.invictabriars.com 

NOSE WARMER

Invicta Briars NOSE WARMER PIPE. Made in England.

Possibly Dr Plumb pipes, GBD pipes, and Orlik pipes by Cadogan are made in the UK, but you should check as I am not sure (lots of websites describe them as made in London or made in England, but that does not necessarily mean they are) – http://www.cadogan-gifts.co.uk 

Blakemar Briars pipes are made in England – http://www.blakemar.co.uk 

Askwith Pipes are made in England. They are rather exclusively priced and they are priced in dollars on their website – http://www.askwithpipes.com

Northern Briars pipes are made in England, using Italian wood and German vulcanite – http://www.northernbriars.co.uk 

The story of Dunhill pipes is confusing and seemingly rather secretive on the internet. Possibly Alfred Dunhill Limited pipes and smoking accessories are still made and sold under the name The White Spot (their website is discreetly branded Alfred Dunhill at the bottom of the page). It is even possibly they still make some products in England (on the internet I found reference to a factory in London; it is suggested that Parker Hardcastle Briar Pipes Mfrs. and Dunhill Pipes & Smokers Requisites share the same the address and telephone number – is this still a factory though?). It is also suggested on the internet that Parker Hardcastle Briar and Pipes  / Parker of London (selling Dunhill seconds) are still manufactured in London. It is also said that Ben Wade pipes, now belonging to Duncan Briars, are made there too. One website of Ben Wade pipes it says ‘every pipe is stamped “Ben Wade, Made in London, England”‘. Dunhill cigarettes are made by British American Tobacco (BAT) so must be foreign made. I am no expert on pipes and found the Dunhill and related companies provenance impossible to be certain of, so do check before buying.

Pipedia lists numerous British pipe brands and makers, but of course just having a British origin does not necessarily mean the pipe brands listed there are actually made in England.

Crafe Away imitation dummy cigarettes are made in the UK – https://www.crafe-away.com/

If you use or are thinking of using electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes or ECs or electric cigarettes) and vaping (as it is currently referred to – an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products), like any tobacco product, you’ll want to ensure safety and quality and buying British made would give you this.

Liberty Flights XO E-liquid is made in Britain, using UK sourced pharmaceutical grade nicotine and bases. The Original Range of liquid is imported. As they do not say that the e-cigarettes they sell are made in the UK, I assume the devices themselves are foreign made. There’s a video from the company and another explaining how e-cigarettes work below – http://www.liberty-flights.co.uk

Libert Flights Premier Vaping Kit. It contains an electronic cigarette, USB charge lead and UK made e-liquid). The box carries the Made in Britain logo, but it is only the XO e-liquid that is made in Britain. The electronic cigarette itself is made in China (it tells us this on the side of the packaing - "made in PRC"). Photograph by author.

Liberty Flights Premier Vaping Kit. It contains an electronic cigarette, USB charge lead and UK made e-liquid. The box carries the ‘Made in Britain‘ logo, but please note it is only the XO e-liquid that is made in Britain. The electronic cigarette itself is made in China (it tells us this on the side of the packaing – “made in PRC”). Photograph by author.

Liberty Flights Tobacco Flavour e-liquid. Made in Britain. Photograph by author, 31 January 2017.

Liberty Flights Tobacco Flavour e-liquid. Made in Britain. Photograph by author, 31 January 2017.

Liberty Flights Premier electronic cigarette. Made in China.

Liberty Flights Premier electronic cigarette. Made in China. Photograph by author 28 Feb 2017.

Blu e-cigatettes are made in China whilst Blu e-liquid is made in the USA.

Ten Motives e-liquid is made in the UK. At the top of their website it says “top quality e-liquids made in the UK”. Their devices and their electronic disposable e-cigarettes are made in China. 10 Motives disposable electronic cigarettes are made in China but do contain UK made e-liquid. Ten Motives are now owned by British American Tobacco. Unlike all other electronic cigarettes the Ten Motives disposable electronic cigarette pictured below does not seem to leak e-liquid – https://www.10motives.com

Ten Motives Disposable Regular electronic cigarette. E-liquid made in the UK. Divice made in China. Nicotine strength 18mg/ml. Unlike all other electronic cigarettes this Ten Motives disposable electronic cigarette does not seem to leak e-liquid. Photograph by author 21 June 2018.

Vapouriz say on their website “All our E-Liquid is manufactured by us, here in the UK in ISO Class 7 Certified Clean rooms”. Again, as no mention is made of where their actual e-cigarettes are made, I assume they are foreign made – http://www.vapouriz.co.uk 

blu® Liquids are made in the U.S.A

88 Vape (Vape Nation Limited) make some of their e-liquids in the UK, but others are made in China (check the packaging). Their accessories and e-cigarettes are made in China. For example 88 Vape fancy flavours, like say blueberry, are made in the UK, as is their rolling leaf e-liquid. They say in their website “At Vapanation we have taken the step from being a successful Brand Owner and Importer to high quality Manufacturer in the UK.  Products are available from their website and I have also seen them in Poundland – http://www.88vape.co.uk 

88Vape E-Liquid 10ml menthol. Made in the UK. On display in Poundland 21 Feb 2017. Photograph by author.

88Vape E-Liquid 10ml menthol. Made in the UK. On display in Poundland in Bedford 21 Feb 2017. Photograph by author.

88 Vape Rolling Leaf 16mg e-liquid. Made in the UK. Photograph by author 22 June 2017

FastVape sell UK made E-Liquid. They also sell foreign made e-cigarette devices. It says on their twitter tagline “UK made e-liquid over 150 flavours & strengths” – http://www.fastvape.co.uk 

LiQuid (BSMW Ltd t/a LiQuid) onepoundeliquid e-liquid is made in the UK. 10mg of e-liquid is £1 and postage charges are reasonable too – http://www.onepoundeliquid.com

LiQuid Virginia Tobacco 18mg/ml nicotine e-liquid. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author.

LiQuid Virginia Tobacco 18mg/ml nicotine e-liquid. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author.

LiQuid Virginia Tobacco 12mg/ml nicotine e-liquid. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author.

LiQuid Virginia Tobacco 12mg/ml nicotine e-liquid. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author 18 Feb 2017.

Infinity Mist 100% VG base E-liquids are UK Made. I saw these in my local corner shop. Their website is under construction (as of 5 August 2017) but they are on twitter – http://infinitymist.co.uk https://twitter.com/Infinity_Mist

SMOKO e-liquids are UK made. They say on their website “e-liquids with the highest quality, pharmacutical-grade ingredients all sourced from within the EU, then they are mixed and manufactured in the UK” and “we are proud to say all of our e-liquids are Made in the UK.” Again, their actual e-cigarettes I assume are foreign made – https://smoko.com 

VIP e-liquid is made in the UK; again their electronic cigarettes are foreign made – https://www.vipelectroniccigarette.co.uk 

Freshcig say their “vapour liquid is manufactured by us in the UK within a dedicated ISO Class 8 clean room facility.”  Again, their electronic cigarettes themselves are foreign made – http://www.freshcig.co.uk 

Decadent Vapours are a manufacturer e-liquid. “Choose from over 150 sweet and savory flavours, all UK made” according to their website. They only sell e-liquids and not e-cigarettes – http://decadentvapours.com 

Vvapour say on their website “ALL our e-liquids are completely made in the UK using sterilized equipment, certified pharmaceutical grade ingredients and without compromise.” Their actual cigarettes are presumably foreign made – http://vvapour.co.uk

UK Vapour Brands, owners of The Electronic Cigarette Company (TECC), Joyetech, Eleaf UK, Odyssey Premium Vaping System, Wismec, and Totally Wicked produce some of their e-liquids in the UK – Totally Wicked Red Label e-liquid, Diavlo e-liquid are UK made – TECC say they “only use UK manufactured pharmaceutical grade nicotine from our trusted suppliers” and their Titus CC E-Liquid, Titus ADV E-Liquid, and Totally Wicked Red Label are UK made – Odyssey Premium Vaping System e-cigarettes and e-liquids are made in the UK. Other UK Vapour Brands e-liquids and e-cigartetes appear to be foreign made.

Odyssey S Eelctonic Cigarette Kit and E-liquid. A UK designed and manufactured electronic cigarette

Odyssey S Eelctonic Cigarette Kit and E-liquid. A UK designed and manufactured electronic cigarette.

Vapourlites and Vape branded e-liquids contain “UK made e-liquid”. I assume their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – http://www.vapourlites.com

E Liquid Emporium e-liquid is all manufactured in the UK, and includes flavours such as Golden Virginia, Strawberries and Cream, and Vanilla and Custard. Just e-liquids and not e-cigarettes – http://eliquidemporium.co.uk 

Simply eLiquid e-liquid is made and bottled in the UK. As with many other supplies their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – http://www.simplyeliquid.co.uk 

Vapable e-liquid is UK made. They also sell Vampire Vape e-liquid which is also made in the UK.  As with most other supplies their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – http://vapable.com

Vampire Vape e-liquid is UK made. As with most other supplies their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – https://www.vampirevape.co.uk 

Vapemate e-liquid is UK made. As with most other supplies their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – https://www.vapemate.co.uk

Witches‘ Brew eLiquid is manufactured from 100% UK ingredients, in our purpose built Clean Room facility in Lancashire” according to their website. As with most other suppliers their actual e-cigarettes are foreign made – http://witcheliquid.co.uk

Juicemeister eLiquid is “made in Britain” – http://www.juicemeister.co.uk

Puritane e-cigarettes are “filled and packed in the UK” and the e-cigarettes themselves I assume made in China, whilst the liquid is made in mainland Europe. The company belongs to Fontem Ventures of the Netherlands which is part of Imperial Tobacco (although strangely this is not mentioned anywhere on their website). It says on their website “Skilfully designed and expertly created in the UK, Puritane e-cigarettes are developed by industry specialists to deliver a smooth taste tailored specifically to the British palette” which to my mind implies UK manufacture but that is not the case; they are only filled and packed in the UK – https://uk.puritane.eu/united-kingdom/home

Vype e-cigarettes, like most others are made in China, but their e-liquid is made in the UK. Vype / Nicoventures is part of British American Tobacco (BAT) – https://uk.govype.com

There are plenty more e-liquids that are made in the UK but I do not know of any UK made vaporisers (actual e-cigarttes) except the Odyssey e-cigarettes mentioned above.

 

The above video discusses whether e-cigarettes are safe or not. There are concerns about the chemicals contained in e-cigarettes, for example in the findings talked about in this article – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/28/japan-e-cigarette-safety

There are helpful hints on how to smoke an electronic cigarette here and here and tips on things like clearomisers here.

Travel Tip – If you are travelling by plane with an e-cigarette you may find this link helpful – http://www.gatwick-airport-guide.co.uk/e-cigarettes.html

Also, if you are travelling with an e-cigarette – Consider taking a sealed new bottle of e-liquid, as once opened bottles may leak. Consider emptying the tank before flying. Air cabin pressure can sometimes cause tanks/clearomisers to leak. The strong sweet smell of e-liquid is annoying, even if it only leaks a little (not to mention it’s sticky and toxic). Bring your charger and plug, and an adaptor if needed. Ensure your battery fully charged so that you can turn it on as this may be required. You should not need to disassemble your EC. Place in a self-sealing see-though plastic bag and take as carry-on, as required by airport security if travelling by air. Vaping is forbidden in some countries. In Dubai for example, e-cigarettes have been confiscated during both transit and departure. There’s an interactive map here. You may need to consider an alternative, such as smoking, snuff or giving up. E-Liquid may turn dark in sunlight or possibly heat. Try to keep your EC upright when travelling around generally and consider a case of some kind to keep it clean and perhaps catch at least part of any spillages.

A cheap plastic pen case being used to hold an electronic cigarette. Photograph by author.

A cheap plastic pen case being used to hold an electronic cigarette. Photograph by author 27 Feb 2017.

Whilst I advocate manufacturing should take place in the UK, tobacco itself is all grown abroad, because tobacco has never been grown commercially in the UK.  For example, Toque snuff is manufactured in the UK and the tobacco comes from America, Poland, Africa, India and Pakistan.

Increased anti-smoking legislation and declining tobacco sales in the UK may be partly to blame for cigarette companies closing their UK factories, but shifting production outside of the UK is socially irresponsible and just about profit with no care for the community. The UK remains a very large and very profitable market for companies like Imperial Tobacco and JTI Gallaher.

British smokers should stand up and say they want to buy tobacco products that are made in Britain. Non smokers will understand that closing factories only harms British jobs and the British economy.

Politicians should intervene and stop the closures of cigarette factories. Give companies subsidies or tax refunds. Don’t shy away from saving peoples’ livelihoods and communities because you want to stop smoking. It’ll carry on anyway. The JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena is among the largest employers in Northern Ireland.  

Perhaps Unions and management could buy the factories? Let’s look at imaginative ways to save these jobs both now and in the long term. Nationalise the industry? Stop foreign companies buying British brands and then closing the British factories down!

It’s not too late to save the 2 factories I have written about above. Write to JTI Gallaher and Imperial Tobacco and tell them why you want production to remain in the UK. Start an #SaveTheBritishTobaccoIndustry on twitter. Write to your MP. Discuss the issues over a nice a nice cuppa. But please protest against these closures.

Old Holborn Original hand rolling tobacco. Made in the UK. Photograph by author. Front view. Old Holborn is a brand of hand rolling tobacco produced by Richard Lloyd & Sons (a subsidiary of Gallaher Group which itself is a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco).

Old Holborn Original hand rolling tobacco. Made in the UK. Photograph by author. Front view. Old Holborn is a brand of hand rolling tobacco produced by Richard Lloyd & Sons (a subsidiary of Gallaher Group which itself is a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco).

Old Holborn Original hand rolling tobacco. Photograph by author. Back view. The words "Made in the UK" are clearly visible but this won't be the case much longer if Japan Tobacco go ahead with closing the UK factory.

Old Holborn Original hand rolling tobacco. Photograph by author. Back view. The words “Made in the UK” are clearly visible but this won’t be the case much longer if Japan Tobacco go ahead with closing the UK factory.

The JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena is among the largest employers in Northern Ireland.

The JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena is among the largest employers in Northern Ireland.

A cigarette vending machine in England that delivered a lit cigarette for a penny, 1931.

A cigarette vending machine in England that delivered a lit cigarette for a penny, 1931.

An old cigarette machine in Uxbridge (photograph by author July 2010), at the underground station. 10p a pack! I wonder how old this is?

An old cigarette machine in Uxbridge (photograph by author July 2010), at the underground station. 10p a pack! I wonder how old it is?

This chemist in Eton sells cigarettes and booze, 26.5.12.

This chemist in Eton sells cigarettes and booze, May 2012, photograph by author.

Cigarette counter, Co-Op, Berry Lane, Longridge, Lancashire; December 2008

Cigarette counter, Co-Op, Berry Lane, Longridge, Lancashire; December 2008

A young woman buys a packet of cigarettes from a vending machine. c.1950s

A young woman buys a packet of cigarettes from a vending machine. c.1950s.

A man buys a packet of cigarettes from a vending machine in an unknown pub in the UK. Undated but c.2011.

A man buys a packet of cigarettes from a vending machine in an unknown pub in the UK. Undated but c.2011.

One of the smoking lounges at Munich airport, March 2012. Photograph by author.

One of the smoking lounges at Munich airport, March 2012. Photograph by author.

A Benson and Hedges cigarette advertisement on the back of an old theatre programme. B&H did them well. Photograph by author 19 June 2019. On the back page of a programme for The Comedy of Errors at York Theatre Royal, April 1985.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-29531210

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29527169

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-27035630

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/15/nottingham-cigarette-factory-closure-jobs-imperial-tobacco

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/leisure/10768270/Imperial-Tobacco-calls-time-on-last-UK-factory.html

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-2605524/Imperial-Tobacco-Britains-cigarette-factory-closes-loss-500-jobs.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/1000-jobs-lost-in-gallaher-closure-1315383.html

Spinning a New Yarn | NOT JUST A LABEL – British Tetxile Manufacturing

Spinning a New Yarn | NOT JUST A LABEL.

“It’s a far cry from the catwalk, but don’t be fooled by the quaintness of the setting…”

by Kate Abnett
In the early twentieth century, West Yorkshire was the textile manufacturing portal to the world, and the city of Bradford, the global capital for wool. Kate Abnett travelled to West Yorkshire, to visit the remaining mills and find out if manufacturing on home turf is a viable option for independent fashion designers (spoiler: it absolutely is)…

Textile mills were once the lifeblood of West Yorkshire’s communities. These hard blackened buildings were an inseparable part of the landscape, looming over its villages like dark protectors, and offering thousands of Yorkshiremen and women security and stable incomes, in exchange for damned hard work.

Today, though the buildings still loom, most are empty. There are less than six working mills here, where there once were hundreds. When high street clothing boomed in late twentieth century, textile production leaked out of the UK to China and India, where the ability to produce vast quantities of fabric and cheaper labour beckoned.

Three years ago, Woolmark – the international quality standard for wool – launched a project to introduce young designers to the manufacturing facilities and their doorstep. Each year, the ‘Loom to London’ initiative takes an up-and-coming British design talent to visit select UK mills, to improve their understanding of textiles production, and their relationships with sourcing contacts in the UK.

This year, UK label Teatum Jones took part, following in the footsteps of Lou Dalton and Agi & Sam, and marking the first year a womenswear brand has made the trip. I headed up north with Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, the designers behind the label, to see British manufacturing first-hand.

Textiles and Tea

Visiting Stanley Mills textile mill in Bradford feels like going back in time. Pint bottles of milk with foil lids wait expectantly on the building’s front step, and inside, the workmen’s tables are spread with mugs of tea and copies of the Daily Star. A can of tinned prunes conspicuously sits by the staff microwave.

We walk by machines that dispense earplugs like sweets, to the main mill, where vicious looking looms loaded with spools of wool judder, and emerge in a room where a team of middle aged women introduced to us as ‘The Menders’ are pulling huge lengths of fabric over white tables, looking and feeling for impurities; the walls behind them a backdrop of family photos and Nile Rodgers posters torn from tabloids.

It’s a far cry from the catwalk, but don’t be fooled by the quaintness of the setting. Stanley Mills makes some of the finest textiles in the world, for clients including Prada, Armani, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. 700 years of textile tradition runs in the blood of this place, and some of the fabrics they produce – we see swatches of a complex fine jacquard – cannot be manufactured anywhere else.

David Gallimore is the Managing Director of Luxury Fabrics Ltd, a merchant supplier that works with Stanley Mills. “When I started in the late 1980s, the company that I joined employed 900 people,” he says. “It’s massively decreased. The industry’s shrunk and what you have now are the specialists. They are the people who can commercially take on the rest of the world and produce fabrics that compete on quality design and class. And that’s where we are.”

The UK’s Upper Hand

Despite the bargain price of overseas manufacturing, there are clear advantages to sourcing fabrics in the UK. “We’ve always been very passionate about developing and working in the UK. It’s something we’ve very proud of,” says designer Rob Jones, who notes the practical advantages of having Teatum Jones’ factory just outside of London – if there is a problem, he can get the train there in under an hour.

The transit time that it takes to import materials from China makes it very tricky to make last minute changes to an order, and short of hopping on a long haul flight, designers have very limited input in their production when it’s overseas.

UK textile manufacturers are arguably more eco-friendly, working under much stricter legislation than factories in the developing world, where certain chemicals banned by EU law are still in use. The impact of such processes on the fabric is such that Yorkshire’s mills – where the soft water in the region means chemical processes can be kept to a minimum – are often approached by clients to do corrective work on fabric that comes back from abroad.

The biggest advantage UK mills offer independent designers is their willingness to do ‘small business’. While overseas factories demand minimum orders as high as 10,000 metres, UK mills are more open to processing small quantities of fabric.

“We’d love to have a minimum of 100,000 metres, but it doesn’t work like that, does it,” laughs Nigel Birch, Product Development Manager at WT Johnson & Sons, a finishing mill in Huddersfield where fabrics are cleaned, dyed and treated, ready to be made into clothes. “For our loyal customers we regularly process material that’s five metres long. One of the things that works for us is that we are accommodating. We try to say yes to everyone.”

A Return to the Glory Days?

Since the Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013, when a garment factory collapsed, killing 1,133 people, there has been a considerable amount of press proposing that manufacturing will reshore to the developed world. With many brands expending PR miles to promote their ‘locally made’ credentials, and customers more aware of the ethics of their purchases, it would seem that the UK is on the cusp of a clothing manufacturing resurgence.

David Gallimore is not convinced. “The big problem is, once you take manufacturing out, you can’t just put it back in,” he counsels. “It’s not just a question of ‘let’s start a factory’; it’s a question of spending millions of pounds to start a factory and employ the staff. And that just doesn’t happen very easily.”

Government support for the textiles sector is scarce, and an attempt to open a garment factory in Castleford is currently struggling to get off the ground due to lack of funding. “Governments who are just about to be re-elected aren’t willing invest in a long-term plan, that might help thousands of families in the Yorkshire area – but in ten years time,” says Marcia Jennings, Sales Director at Luxury Fabrics Ltd.

Future Fabrics

Despite their firm grounding in tradition, Yorkshire’s mills are keen to work with designers in innovative ways; WT Johnson’s textile conquests include weaving 24 carat gold into material for a £700,000 suit, finishing textiles for Japanese clients with microscopic particles of precious jade, and working with a Scottish customer to lace their fabrics with whiskey.

The real problem is that most young designers – and fashion students – don’t even know these places exist. Many outsource production, assuming the UK wouldn’t be a viable option for manufacturing – but the mills themselves are keen to work with young talent. “You’ve got to promote, assist and help them to become an integral part of the fashion industry,” says David at Stanley Mills. “They’re not all going to be the next big thing, but you never know.”

Nigel Birch encourages young designers to approach the mills – these companies pride themselves on having personal relationships with their clients – they want talk them through the facilities, discuss their sourcing needs and work out how to accommodate them – in person, not via email.

“The theory that we work on is you never know where they’re going to end up,” he says. “They could be the next big thing, and create a lot of business for us. And hopefully, we give them a tour round, we impress them, and they turn around and say, ‘the only place we finish fabrics is WT Johnson.’ That’s the aim.”

Darts, Dart Boards and Darts Accessories Made in the UK

If you’re a budding Bristow buy British made darts…

Harrows Darts is the world’s leading and most widely distributed darts brand and the only major 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 for some products, although all the accessories i have seen are British made – http://www.harrows-darts.com*

Harrows Darts flight. Made in England.

Harrows Darts flight. Made in England.

Harrows Assassin 80-18gr-steeltip_pack darts. Made in England.

Harrows Assassin 80-18gr-steeltip_pack darts. Made in England.

Harrows MAGNET Dart Stems / Shafts; Black, Medium. Made in England.

Harrows MAGNET Dart Stems / Shafts; Black, Medium. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Harrows Classic / Basic / Standard - Round Stone - Dart Points Sharpener. Made in England.

Harrows Classic / Basic / Standard – Round Stone – Dart Points Sharpener. Made in England. Photograph by author.

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

Pentathlon Royal 23g darts. Made in England.

Pentathlon Royal 23g darts. Made in England.

Bulls Eye Darts are all made in the UK. Available on their website.  I note the website / company are currently for sale and I assume from this that their darts are manufactured for them as no mention is made of their production facilities (elsewhere they also talk about their manufacturers; which confirms this). In their FAQs it says “Are your darts made in the UK? Yes all our darts are professionally engineered in the UK using the finest products” – http://www.bullseyedarts.co.uk

As far as I know Bulls Eye Darts are unconnected with Bullseye, the 80s TV game show with Jim Bowen and Bully.

Bully

Bully

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, but have had no response. The About section of their website is now working, but they give no county of origin information. I have seen a photograph on the web that shows a packet of Target darts as having been made in China, so do check before buying – http://www.target-darts.co.uk

Decathlon, a French company with sports stores in the UK and worldwide, own brand Geologic and Canaveral darts and darts feathers and shafts are made in the UK. No country of information information is given on their website, but you can look at the packaging in store to check country of origin before buying – https://www.decathlon.co.uk

Winmau darts and dart boards are 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. The little Union flag on their logo is therefore misleading.

Unicorn darts and dart boards are made in China. I understand the company moved production to China in 1999. Prior to that Unicorn Darts were British made and it is a shame Unicorn darts are now all made in China.

Vintage set of Unicorn Darts Of Distinction, Made in England by Unicorn Products Limited. Unfortunately today Unicorn darts and dartboards are all foreign made.

Datadart don’t give any country of origin information about their darts or darts accessories on their website (which suggests they are foreign made), but it would be worth checking with them just in case they are made in the UK. I have seen a couple of articles on the web suggesting they are.

Mitchell Sydney Swans Afl Team Darts are designed in Australia and made in England. The packaging says Made in England. That’s about all I know about these darts (I found them on eBay and on a website called Mal Atwell).

Does anyone know of any other British made darts please?  Or British made dart boards?  Or British made darts accessories?

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