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Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK manufacturing.
In this podcast she shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses.
With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British.
Never has there been a more critical time to get behind 'made in Britain'.

Make it British Podcast Kate Hills

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 5.0, 71 Ratings

Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK manufacturing.
In this podcast she shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses.
With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British.
Never has there been a more critical time to get behind 'made in Britain'.

    119 - Are you seeking more UK-made products?

    119 - Are you seeking more UK-made products?

    Buying habits are changing and there is definitely a renewed interest in buying made in the UK products.

    At Make it British we've seen a 200% increase in enquiries from people looking for things that are made in Britain.

    In this episode I look at the reasons why demand has increased, how made in the UK brands can capitalise on that, and what we're doing at Make it British to help make it easier for you to find products that are made in the UK.

    • 16 min
    118 - Supplying the UK Knitwear Industry - David Williams, Knit Design Centre

    118 - Supplying the UK Knitwear Industry - David Williams, Knit Design Centre

    David Williams has been supplying the UK knitwear industry his entire career.

    He is the UK agent for Stoll knitting machines and the founder of the Knit Design Centre - a studio in Leicester where designers can develop their ideas and samples with experienced knitwear technicians.

    • 35 min
    117 - Pivoting your business to manufacture PPE - Paul Noble, Specialised Canvas

    117 - Pivoting your business to manufacture PPE - Paul Noble, Specialised Canvas

    During the Covid_19 crisis many UK manufacturers have adapted their businesses to manufacture PPE.

    Specialised Canvas, based in Chesterfield, are one of the companies that very quickly pivoted their business to help alleviate the shortage of available protective equipment.

    In this episode, Paul Noble, MD of Specialised Canvas, explains how the firm has risen to the challenge of making PPE. 

    • 45 min
    116 - Where are we on PPE?

    116 - Where are we on PPE?

    It has been 5 weeks since the Government put a call out for businesses to help manufacturer PPE. Since then hundreds of UK manufacturers have filled in the form on the government website and stepped up to offer their help and support.

    Make it British has created the British Textile Consortium to help bring together UK manufacturers that can help.

    So where have we got to on UK-made PPE?

    This episode gives you an update on where we have got to so far.

    • 16 min
    115 - Does your business need a PLM system? - Lucy Blackley, BombyxPLM

    115 - Does your business need a PLM system? - Lucy Blackley, BombyxPLM

    In this week's episode I talk to Lucy Blackley who founded technology company BombyxPLM to help fashion business owners manage their product development.

    A Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system helps your business have total visibility over the development of your brand from design through to production.

    Traditionally these software systems are expensive, but Lucy wanted to make something that was affordable and usable for small businesses too.

    • 43 min
    114 - PPE - can we make it in the UK?

    114 - PPE - can we make it in the UK?

    Until a few weeks ago most people probably had no idea what PPE stood for. 
    But during the Covid_19 outbreak PPE has regularly been in the news because Personal Protective Equipment can mean the difference between staying fit and well or catching the deadly coronavirus.
    In this episode I look at why there is such a terrible shortage of PPE in the UK and whether we can make the Personal Protective Equipment that we need locally.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Philipp__D ,

Great overwiew and insight

Highly recommanded for anyone who is part or starts out in fashion/textiles in the UK. Kate gives great insight into the workings, history and networks that make the textiles industries in the UK by simply letting the people who make the great brands and run the factories tell their stories themselfs. Being in the process of starting a brand without prior experience in fashion, the podcast was a tremendous help to oriantate myself within the textiles industrie

EdwardLiu573 ,

Really well made podcast!

Kate explains things with such simplicity and enthusiasm. I really learnt a lot about UK manufacturing from these podcasts. Keep up the good work!

zucchero ,

A guiding light in fashion

Kate’s been there since the beginning of my journey in fashion. From the early days of the Meet the Manufacturer trade shows to this podcast. She’s given so much useful information I honestly don't know where I'd be without her. This podcast has been a large part of my self taught fashion degree, learning all about finding manufacturers to why British Made is not only possible but also why it’s so beneficial. Please keep up the great work Kate!

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