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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.

On a recent visit to Australia in October 2015 I was impressed by a shop at Sydney airport selling purely Australian made gifts for travellers. The shop, called Purely Australian carries a wide range of Australian made products – fridge magnets, soft toys, wax jackets and bags, microfibre glasses cleaning cloths, sports clothes such as tracksuit tops, jumpers, wooly hats, Akubra hats, fridge magnets, and much more – all made in Australia. Purely Australian is Australia’s leading retailer of Australian clothing, offering a product range that reflects the fundamentals of nature, including Australian grown cotton and fine pure new wool. The Purely Group, which operates this shop, has operated retail outlets for the past fifteen years, with its primary focus on airport retailing throughout Australia. The Purely Australia Sydney Airport branch is located at Pier B after immigration control at Sydney International Airport and if you are in Sydney is a great place to shop. There are other shops at Sydney Airport selling Australian made products too, although Purely Australian seems to be the only selling just Australian made as opposed to some Australian made and mostly Chinese made souvenirs. At British airports and seaports you’ll be lucky to find anything that is not foreign made, which in some ways is strange given that in Great Britain secondary industry produces far more goods than does Australia.

The products on sale at Purely Australian stores mostly seem to carry the Australian Made logo. The Australian Made, Australian Grown logo is administered by Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), a not-for-profit public company established in 1999 by the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and the network of state and territory chambers of commerce, with the cooperation of the Federal Government. AMCL is not a government body and does not receive government funding for its core operations, which are licensing companies to use the logo and promoting Australian products both in Australia and overseas. Originally the campaign and logo were conceived by the government of Australia. The criteria for using the logo are clear – essentially the product has been manufactured in Australia (not just packaged or assembled); and 50% or more of the cost of making it can be attributed to Australian materials and/or production processes; or else grown/produced in Australia, with all of the product’s significant ingredients grown in Australia and all or nearly all of the processing has been carried out in Australia. What I like about both the campaign and the shop are the simple and clear way it is carried forward. In answer to the question “Why buy Australian Made?”, the response is simple too – “It’s good for consumers, it’s good for business and it’s good for Australia.”

My question is why can’t the Brits operate stores at our airports and seaports providing British made souvenirs, in the same way that Purely Australian stores are committed to providing an all-Australian souvenir experience and why can’t the Brits have a simple and clear buy British campaign like the Australian Made one?

http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/shop/retailer-categories/retailer-listing/retailer-detail.aspx?ret=%7B7D44A704-F7D1-42E5-AE2B-AFDE6614618A%7D&ter=%7B0D3AF84A-9190-4416-8EB0-CE3AB1C849F0%7D&cat=%7B0034A969-E784-44E9-80EA-9F445378B06A%7D

http://lsaspac.com/brand/travel-essentials/purely-australian/

https://australianmade.com.au

Purely Australian

The Purely Australian store at Sydney Airport.

Koala Australia microfibre cleaning cloth. Australian Made. Photograph by author.

Koala Australia microfibre cleaning cloth from Purely Australian in Sydney Airport. Australian Made. Photograph by author.

The 1968 I'm Backing Britain campaign

A carrier bag advertising the 1968 I’m Backing Britain campaign.

A Made in England label

A Made in England label.

There are a few Buy British campaigns currently running, such as those promoting the use of the logos below:

John Lewis's Made in UK logo. 21.09.2012

John Lewis’s ‘Made in UK’ logo as of September 2012. This logo never really came to fruition and seems to have been quietly dropped. John Lewis have though committed to increase sales of UK made products by 15% by the end of 2015/16 from a 2011/12 baseline. Whilst it is great to see a major player in retail committing to a number, JLP still fails to state country of origin on their website and on some of their products, and still sells mostly foreign made goods these days. Waitrose, like other supermarkets, sells much UK made foodstuff and pleasingly have clearly committed to continue to do so.

Red Tractor logo. The top part of the logo indicates quality assurance, whilst the flag part of the logo indicates provenance. Only Red Tracor logos carrying the Union Flag are British made; other flags indicate a food is foreign produced and / or processed.

Red Tractor logo. The top part of the logo indicates food quality assurance, whilst the flag part of the logo indicates provenance. Only Red Tractor logos carrying the Union Flag are British made; other flags indicate a food is foreign produced and / or processed.

UK food self-sufficiiecy is now just 62%, down from 75% in 1991, according to the NFU

UK food self-sufficiiecy is now just 62%, down from 75% in 1991, according to the NFU.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Grown in Britain logo. Grown in Britain promotes active management to create a more sustainable future for British woodlands.

Great British Furniture (GBF) logo. IT IS Great British Furniture is an initiative to promote British made furniture run by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) furniture trade association. It aims to promote UK made upholstery, cabinets, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, office furniture, mattresses and beds. This logo was taken from the Hypnos website.

Great British Furniture (GBF) logo. IT IS Great British Furniture is an initiative to promote British made furniture run by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) furniture trade association. It aims to promote UK made upholstery, cabinets, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, office furniture, mattresses and beds. This logo was taken from the Hypnos website.

There are physical shops in the UK, like Things British, that only sell gifts and souvenirs that are made in the UK but non at Britain’s ports and airports that I am aware of. There are some local shops only selling British, like Buford WoodcraftJail Dornoch at Inverness Airport is one of the few gift shops at a British airport that does sell quite a few British made items but still alongside much that is foreign made. There are gift shops who sell a good range of British made gifts (alongside Chinese made tat), such as some of the museum gift shops – The London Transport Museum shop, and the National Trust shops.

On the web there are sites selling only British made such as Things British (selling only British made gifts, and supporting British designer-makers), Made in These Isles (selling British made clothes, accessories, homeware, beauty products, furniture, lifestyle products, etc; all products are “produced from within the geographical region of the British Isles”), The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers), The Great British Home (selling gifts, and homeware made in the UK), From Britain with Love (Scandinavian inspired homeware, accessories and gifts made in Britain) and DreamGB (selling British made gifts and everyday products), Pickle (“All of our products are made in the UK” they tell us – throws, picnic rugs, kitchen ware, vases, children’s shoes, toys, cards, jewellery, Christmas decorations and so on), Make The Most Of (an online networking community and seller of British goods and services direct from the providers; although the site promotes British business I do not think everything they sell is British made) and others selling gifts and more like Made Closer, Handmade GB and Not on the High Street that clearly label country of origin and sell some British made gifts.  There are gift manufacturing companies too like Custom Works (trade only; they manufacture more than 50 product lines here in their factory in Bo’ness, Scotland, with everything else they sell being imported). Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap.

There are many more companies making gift items in the UK too of course. There are websites encouraging us to buy British such as Buy British, British Family, British Made for Quality, Made in Britain, Back British Farming by the NFU, and of course my site ukmade, but non supported by the British government.

The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers) product qualifying criteria. I don’t know much about this site, but seemingly only British made goods are sold by them and they consider where raw materials and packaging come from.

The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers) product qualifying criteria. I don’t know much about this site, but seemingly only British made goods are sold by them and they consider where raw materials and packaging come from. A useful matrix for all of us.

If you travel to say Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, France, or Thailand, you can easily find plenty of products that are made domestically. In this article by the British Family, James explains that they had a similar experience recently in Italy and were impressed by the number of domestically produced items easily available. As James challenges us to do in this article about Italy, look around the any British high street and see if you can find anything made in Britain!

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. I  encourage you to buy products that are made in the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) and British Overseas Territories and if buying non-British made items I would encourage you to look at goods manufactured within the Commonwealth first. When buying a jumper, a piece of furniture or a bag of apples, do you check to see where it has come from? Why not make a conscious preference to buy British made? You may have to look that bit harder as lots of goods on the High Street are foreign made these days, but Britain still makes most things. I’m backing Britain. Are you?

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

Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years.  Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.

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.

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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“Best place for affordable souvenirs made in England”

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.

In the UK for example, pretty much any souvenir shop sells tat that is made in China. You’ll be out for the day in Windsor and buy a fridge magnet with a Union Flag on it. Look carefully and on the back it will say made in China. Please don’t buy things like this. When you travel you should buy locally made gifts and I would encourage tourists and others in the UK to do the same when looking for presents.

My personal pet hate is anything with a Union Flag on it or anything celebrating events like the Queen’s Golden Jubilee that is made abroad. If it has a Union Flag on it, then it ought to be made in Britain! If it has a picture of the Queen, then it should be made in Britain or the Commonwealth! If you are buying such products, please check they are British made.

My site lists plenty of gifts that that are made in the UK.  Please have a look around.

There are physical shops, like Things British, that only sell gifts and souvenirs that are made in the UK but non at Britain’s ports and airports that I am aware of. There are some local shops only selling British, like Buford Woodcraft. Jail Dornoch at Inverness Airport is one of the few gift shops at a British airport that does sell quite a few British made items but still alongside much that is foreign made. There are gift shops who sell a good range of British made gifts (alongside Chinese made tat), such as some of the museum gift shops – The London Transport Museum shop, and the National Trust shops for example.

On the web there are sites selling only British made such as Things British (selling only British made gifts, and supporting British designer-makers), Made in These Isles (selling British made clothes, accessories, homeware, beauty products, furniture, lifestyle products, etc; all products are “produced from within the geographical region of the British Isles”)The Great British Exchange (trade only; they source new British made products and sell them to retailers), The Great British Home (selling gifts, and homeware made in the UK), From Britain with Love (Scandinavian inspired homeware, accessories and gifts made in Britain), Pickle (“All of our products are made in the UK” they tell us – throws, picnic rugs, kitchen ware, vases, children’s shoes, toys, cards, jewellery, Christmas decorations and so on), and DreamGB (selling British made gifts and everyday products) that only sell gifts that are made in the UK and others like Made Closer, Handmade GBMake The Most Of, Victoria Eggs and Not on the High Street and many others that clearly label country of origin and sell some British made gifts.

There are gift manufacturing companies too like Custom Works (trade only; they manufacture more than 50 product lines here in their factory in Bo’ness, Scotland, with everything else they sell being imported). There are many more companies making gift items in the UK too of course.

Whatever you are buying presents please think about where they are made and buying British.

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House of Dorchester Flying the Flag seven pictorial pack. Made in Great Britain.

House of Dorchester Flying the Flag seven pictorial pack. Made in Great Britain.

Are there any towels, facecloths and tea towels still made in the UK? Made in Britain Towels and Tea Towels

I am trying to find a flannel (facecloth, wash cloth) that is made in England and it is proving much harder than I expected.  Are there any flannels or towels still made in England or elsewhere in the UK that you know of please? Is anyone actually weaving, dyeing and finishing towels in the UK now? Sadly it seems to me that there are no longer any towel weaving mills left in the UK.

UK made tea towels are readily available and I would strongly encourage that you buy these British made tea towels in preference to foreign made ones. I list some British tea towels sellers and makers here.

Towels wise though, I can find nothing really.

Chortex make no mention of a UK factory on their website and they confirmed to me (on 31st March 2014) that their towels are no longer manufactured in the UK.

Christy towels are now made in India.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

Ashtons were another well known towel maker, with 2 cotton mills in England. Taken over by Courtaulds in 1968 the company now appear to have closed.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK lable detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer used to sell very good quality English made towels. A very few made in the UK items are for sale in Marks and Spencer these days, although that said Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made foods to choose from. Sadly, since Marks and Spencer decided in 1999 to move all their manufacturing to suppliers abroad, resulting in near devastation amongst British manufacturers particularly in the clothing industry, there are no UK made towels in M&S and few other UK made goods.

A vintage St Michael by Marks and Spencer Made in the UK cotton extra large blue bath sheet (towel). This is a very large towel indeed. Photograph by author 8 September 2017. Label detail.

A vintage St Michael by Marks and Spencer Made in the UK cotton extra large pink bath sheet (towel). Photograph by author 8 September 2017. Label detail.

Tonder and Tonder have a English made soap bar that comes with a facecloth.  At the top of their website it says “made in England”.  The facecloth too?  I’m afraid not as in fact all Tonder and Tonder towels are made in Turkey.  So, despite it saying made in England on their home page and at the top of every page on their website, not everything at Tonder and Tonder is made in England!  However, some of their products are UK made, including their Bedlinen, Ceramics, and Tablelinen. http://www.tonderandtonder.co.uk/product-category/accessories/facecloths/

With Nature Skincare make these muslin face cloths in the UK – http://www.withnatureskincare.co.uk/epages/f5rjwmzwkkar.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/f5rjwmzwkkar/Categories/Facecare/Muslin_Face_Cloths These are also available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/WithNature-Skincare-Gentle-Muslin-Cloths/dp/B007JKY2XK

Bamboo Textiles Ltd make bath towels, bath sheets, baby towels, flannels (facecloths), baby robes, wash mits, gym towels, and make-up removal towels in the UK; as well as bed linen and baby bed linen. Many of their products are made in the UK (made in the UK products are labelled as such on their website; other foreign made products do not state county of origin) – http://www.bamboo-textiles.co.uk

Bareskin Beauty say their Bamboo Bath Sheet is made in England. I do not know about the country of origin of their other products but I could not see any indication they were British made from their website – https://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

Mine! London sell a nice range of off-the-shelf or bespoke small fleece blankets, cotton towels, cotton face clothes (flannels), cotton baby bibs, and fleece scarves. All the items they sell are labelled on their website as being British made. No information about the method or place of production is given. Items are described as hand-made. Their website features the Made in Britain logo – http://www.minelondon.com

Lancashire Textiles in Burnley seem to suggest on their website that all their Pillows, Mattress Protectors, Mattress Toppers, Towels, Home Accessories, Cushions, Pet Bedding, Bed Linens & Baby Bedding are UK made. I have emailed them to check this is the case (I’ve had no response though!) but I suspect it is only their bedding that is made in the UK and not their towels. Items made in Great Britain are clearly flagged with the Made in Britain logo; other products are foreign made. UK made products from Lancashire Textiles include some of their duvets, pillows, shaped pillows (such as v-shaped pillows), anti-allergy pillows, pillow protectors, some mattress protectors, a limited amount of their bedding, the Cavenagh of London ties they sell, some cushions, some cushion inners, some support cushions, their seat pads, some pet bedding, and their bean bags. Look for the Made in Britain logo on the Lancashire Textiles website; they a good range of Britain made products and they have their own mill in Lancashire. Products are available directly from their website  – http://www.lancashire-textiles.co.uk

Jane Hamerton towels are personalised in England, but the actual towels themselves are foreign made – http://janehamerton.com

Fired Earth

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

Stamford Cuemakers Cue Towels are made in England from 100% cotton according to their website. Available on their website and also on eBay. Cue towels are for snooker / pool and are ideal for wiping down your cue when it gets a bit sticky and might be good for the gym too. Their cues and cue cases are also made in England – http://www.stamfordcuemakers.com

Lancashire Towel Co Ltd (aka the East Lancashire Towel Company) clearly label some of their products on their website as British made and it says on their website that they have (it should say had actually) their own mill. The mill is shown on their website as being in Barrowford Lancashire, whereas their address is given as Nelson, Lancashire.  According to wikipedia the mill in Barrowford Lancashire is now closed and production has been moved abroad. Stocks are limited and this is because these are old stock being sold off after the factory closure in 2009, as the company has told me. They made towels including bathroom towels, kitchen hand towels, in linen / cotton, and cotton, plus roller towel holders but these days production is sadly in Turkey – http://www.towelcompany.co.uk

Bags of love sell towels that you can have printed with photo but I doubt if the towels themselves are made in the UK. Just printed in the UK.

The Gaddum Group (Gaddum & Gaddum) produce at least some beauty uniforms (their Tempus range) in-house in England and otherwise they add logos to imported clothing and import silks from China. Their towels and robes are foreign made as far as I can gather from their website. Gaddum and Gaddum have a factory in Leek, Staffordshire and manufacture clothing there for others, for example Hugget ladies jackets are made by Gaddum and Gaddum in England – http://www.thegaddumgroup.co.uk

Bard and Brazier towel rails are made in England – http://www.bardbrazier.com

Rutland Radiators heated towel rails are British made – http://www.rutland-radiators.co.uk/bespoke_heated_towel_rails.html

The Beach Towel Clip‘ by JDM Designs Ltd is a polypropylene beach accessory that simply pushes into the sand to stop your beach towel blowing away and is British made. The beach towel clips are manufactured at Form mould & tooling in Haverhill Suffolk UK. The beach towel clips are manufactured 100% in the Suffolk, UK. The cartons are manufactured in Glossop, UK, The assembly and distribution of the beach towel clips is done in the North West of England. On their twitter its says “The official account for http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com the multi award winning 100% UK designed & manufactured beach accessory that stops your towel blowing away.” – http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Made Luggage and Travel Accessories – British Made Trunks – British Made Suitcases – British Made Rucksacks – British Made Wallets – British Made Bags – British Made Small Leather Goods and handbags

trakkeThe modern traveller, hiker or person about town can still carry or ship the right bag or luggage; a British-made bag, rucksack, suitcase or trunk. In no particular order, here are some great British made bags, handbags, suitcases, wallets and trunks.

A vintage made in England suitcase. You will find the choice of reasonably priced British made suitcases nowadays to be very small indeed.

A vintage made in England suitcase. You will find the choice of reasonably priced British made suitcases nowadays to be very small indeed, but there are still plenty of British made bags, overnight bags, luggage tags, trunks, wallets, rucksacks and travel accessories out there. Photograph by author.

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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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British Made Soft Furnishings, Furnishing Fabrics, Haberdashery, Antimacassars, Chair Arm Covers, and Cushions

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

The Cluny Lace Company Limited (Cluny Lace Co Ltdis a long established, independent lace making company. Their purposely designed factory, built around the turn of the century to hold the specialised lace machines, is situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the heart of the United Kingdom. Minimum order quantities apply. All production takes place in Great Britain – http://www.clunylace.com

Aidan Sweeney, a traditional gentlemen’s outfitters shop in Brecon’s historic Market Arcade founded in 1986, sell British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in lace or tapestry. Also available online from their website. You may also find a few other British made items on their website such as braces, belts, gloves, handkerchiefs, and caps, although looking around their website most products appear to be foreign made – http://www.aidansweeney.co.uk

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017. Label view.

Connollys of York (Connollys Homestyle Ltd) sell a wide range of British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in a variety of fabrics. Connollys is a shop in York and website selling soft furnishings, curtains, net curtains, bedding, hardware, china, glassware, electrical goods, clocks, (including alarm clocks), and a variety of gifts and collectables. You may also find a few other British made items in their shop such as saucepans, food containers, cookware such as roasting tins, and cushions – http://www.connollysonline.co.uk

ODD make their garden furniture, in England. All ODD’s Fabrics are available by the metre and are printed in England and woven in Scotland. They clothes and bags are made in England., as are their blankets, throws, cushions and pouffes. Their tribal rugs are foreign made – http://www.oddlimited.com

Cushions Online cushions are made in the UK and they say on their website “All our products are made to the same exacting standards in our Lancaster workshops”. They have a wide range of cushions available online and have been manufacturing cushions since 1985 – http://www.cushionsonline.co.uk

Cambrian Woollen Mill British wool woollen socks are fabulous. Medium weight (to heavy weight) I would say and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots. Being 90% British wool they are as close as you can get to 100% wool and still retain some wear resistance. I got my green ones from Bison Bushcraft (see above). Based in Wales, Cambrian Mill design, weave and manufacture wool products, such as socks, purses, ties, dog coats, scarves, shawls, cushions, picnic blankets, blankets, throws, baby blankets, and Welsh tartan scarves – all made at their mill in Wales. Cambrian Woollen Mill is located just north of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. There is or at least was a Cambrian Mill Gift Shop & Heritage Centre and it seems at least part of the mill was up for sale during 2016. Very little information about the mill or the company is given on their website – http://www.cambrianmill.co.uk

Avalon Home say on their twitter tagline “We offer uniquely designed luxury floor and scatter cushions made in Great Britain. We pride ourselves on creating modern bright designs for adults & children” – avalohome.com

Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com

The National Trust sell some British made cushions. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including diaries, calendars, oven gloves, greetings cards, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

The London Cloth Company sell a range of British made cushions, made in London at a factory near their mill and using their own milled cloth – http://www.londoncloth.com/store-3/#!/Homewares/c/9998006/offset=0&sort=normal

Bertie and Jack framed prints and cushions are made in England. No information is given on their website about where the materials they use are made. They have a market stall in Bath and are one of my twitter followers – http://www.bertieandjack.co.uk

The Pattern Guild make their products in England. They say on their website “Our products are made in England using the best materials in order to guarantee quality in every single product.
Our fabric is also printed and woven in England.” They sell made in England sweatshirts, canvas weekend bags, tote bags, pouches, pencil cases, scarves, cushions, card holders, and greetings cards. They also sell t-shirts which are screen printed in London, although the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. They have a stall on London’s Covent Garden market, which is where I first saw this company on 20/1/16 and the products look really good – http://thepatternguild.co.uk

Vintage Cushions bespoke and off-the shelf range of cushions are made “using a marvellous and eclectic range of vintage fabrics and trimmings. All are British-made, designed and lovingly hand sewn by fabric devotee Nichollette Yardley-Moore” – http://www.vintagecushions.com

VERITY Truly British say on their twitter tagline “Luxury limited edition attire and exclusive homeware collections. Truly British- Made in Great Britain.” They say on their website “The ethos of the company is simple; quality British made clothing made from quality British fabrics.” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so I would check before buying. Ladies neck-wraps, corsets, and waistcoats, plus cushions, AGA Chef’s Pads, oven gloves, and aprons – http://www.veritytrulybritish.co.uk

Nicholson and Walcot scarves, tote bags, cushions and toy bags are made in England – http://nicholsonandwalcot.co.uk

Just Wool Textiles are an artisan hand-weaver using British Wool and British Falkland Islands Wool to produce dog coats, scarves, cushions, and blankets. Located in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, I get the impression everything is made in England, but do check – http://justwooltextiles.co.uk

I saw some Voyage Maison (Voyage Decoration) cushions in Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12).  Nice products and I note from their website that Voyage Maison only manufacture their cushions and accessories in the UK – http://voyagemaison.co.uk/about-voyage-maison.php

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

I also saw cushions featuring VW T2s, British Bulldogs and the like in  Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12) which are made in England by Evans Lichfield (Trade Only).

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 3, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Churchill Cushion, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 1, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled VW Cushion, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Emma Burningham are a textile and paper design company, producing fabrics suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and dressmaking and also make greeting cards and wrapping paper, as well as wash bags, cushions and other accessories – all manufactured in the UK – http://www.emilyburningham.com

Lily Matthews cushions and garden cushions look nice.  From their facebook page it appears everything is British designed and made, but do check before buying as I have no experience of this company.

https://www.facebook.com/LilyMatthewsHome/info

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

British Passport Cushion – Made in England at notonthehighstreet.com

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/goodwinandgoodwin/product/british-passport-cushion

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. £45.95

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. Made in England. £45.95

http://www.huttonsdirect.com/shop/gift_ideas/celebrating_britain/british_made_jute_cushion

From a range of made in England cushions and the like by Barbara Coupe.

http://www.barbaracoupe.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=48&sort=orderby&sort_direction=0&page=1

Pet N Home are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Pet Bedding, including vet bed, dog cushions, pads and blankets. They have a factory in Somerset and many of the products they sell are British made. They also sell excellent household cushions. It says on their website which products are British made.

http://www.petnhome.co.uk

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) - COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) – COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

For cushion inners Woolsoft make 100% British wool filled insert pads for cushions, floor cushions, dog beds etc.

http://www.woolsoft.co.uk

Yo Kawaii make cute cushion. 100% made in the UK, inspired by Japan ^-^

http://www.cushionfriends.co.uk

Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Yo Kawaii Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Sara Norwood dog (and cat) themed cushion covers are presumably made in the UK as her website says they are handmade in Brighton – http://www.saranorwood.co.uk

L&S Prints are a printing company in Yorkshire specialising in printed fabrics including custom printed fabrics, cushions, bar runners and, introduced in 2015, their new Caseskinz suitcase covers. Some of their cushions are designed, printed and made in England; others are printed in England and I assume foreign made. They do not say where their machine washable bar runners are made and printed, so you will want to check before buying as they may be foreign made. Their scarves and snoods are made and printed in England. On their website they say “Every Caseskin is made to order.. Buy British..”. The origin of the fabrics they use is not stated on their website. Cushions include seasonal designs, anniversary designs, personalised designs, travel cushions, and cushions for the home and prices are very reasonable – http://www.lsprints.co.uk

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

3 On The Shelf cushions are made in Great Britain and come with British made filling – http://3ontheshelf.co.uk

Tomato Catshop design and sell British made cushions with cats, donkeys and dogs on them, as well as British made animal themed mugs, tea towels and so on – http://tomatocatshop.co.uk

ABO London sells made in England cushions (featuring scenes from London parks), as well as greetings cards and silk scarves – http://www.abolondon.com

The Little Button Co soft furnishings range is made in the UK in Yorkshire. They also sell a few imported items but UK made goods are labelled as such on their website. Online or they have a shop in Leeds. Cushions, ceramics, memo boards, and lampshades – https://www.thelittlebuttonco.co.uk

Click for Art / This is a Limited Edition do a range of English made cushions.

http://www.thisisalimitededition.com

http://www.clickforart.com

Simon C Page - Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Simon C Page – Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Evans Lichfield Ltd are Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Distributor of Scatter Cushions, Seat Pads, Draught Excluders and Throws. They only supply to the trade, supplying directly to high street stores and small independent retailers. They manufacture some products in Lichfield and import others from China. UK made products are labeled as such on their website. Fabrics are sourced from the UK, Europe and the Far East, but it does not say where fabrics are from for individual products on their website. Some products are filled at their Lichfield factory, but it does not say which or where the filling is sourced from on their website. They do not say where their care labelling, zips and any other trimmings are made. They do not say where their swing tags and packaging is made. Looking around the website on 1st September 2015, most products are imported but it is possible to select from a good range of British made products still and the following ranges are made in the UK – cats draught excluder, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady cushions, a tapestry seat pad, Stag Party cushions and a draft excluders, Sea Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Scooter Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Paddington Bear cushions, Nautical cushions, a Martini Ladies draft excluder, Flags cushions and draft excluders, a Crowns cushion, Ann Edwards cushions, and a Yoga Dogs draft excluder. They no longer seem to make bean bags. They also do a bespoke service with a minimum order quantity of 50 – http://www.evanslichfield.co.uk

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18"X13" UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18″X13″ UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Anthony Hughes cushions are made in Britain, as is their collection of digitally printed wallpapers and drum light shades – http://anthony-hughes.co.uk