100 episodes

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

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 94 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'.

    A visit to Shahtex to see seamless garment production

    A visit to Shahtex to see seamless garment production

    Today we are going on a trip to Leicester to meet the family behind textile firm Shahtex.

    Shahtex have now invested in four state-of-the-art circular knitting machines, the first of their kind in the UK. ⁣

    In this interview, I chat with Tejas and Pramod Shah at their factory in Leicester about why they decided to buy the machines and how they plan to change the reputation of the Leicestershire textile industry.

    • 19 min
    Making luxury lingerie in the UK, Lucy Jones, Lucy Jones Lingerie

    Making luxury lingerie in the UK, Lucy Jones, Lucy Jones Lingerie

    Lucy Jones was the founder of a prestigious, luxury lingerie brand back in the 1980s.
    Her distinctive silk lingerie was stocked in retailers such as Harvey Nichols and Rigby & Peller.

    After two decades working in education, Lucy decided to relaunch her lingerie brand, making the entire collection herself and at a small atelier in the UK.


    In this episode, Lucy speaks about some of the differences between running a luxury ingerie brand in the 1980s, compared to today.


    Discover:
    02:18 How Lucy first got into the industry 

    04:09 Launching a lingerie brand in the 1980s

    09:20 How Lucy wholesaled to prestigious London stores

    14:21 Why Lucy decided to close her original business

    20:23 The challenges Lucy faced when she relaunched her business in 2019

    23:29 How the pandemic has caused Lucy to focus on the online presence of her brand

    27:28 Lucy's thoughts on today's disposable fashion culture
    More Lucy Jones Lingerie

    Lucy Jones Lingerie on Instagram
    Lucy Jones Website


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    • 31 min
    30 years of knitwear manufacturing in Leicester with Mars Knitwear, Said Saleh & Keith Cummings, Mars Knitwear

    30 years of knitwear manufacturing in Leicester with Mars Knitwear, Said Saleh & Keith Cummings, Mars Knitwear

    Join me on a trip to Leicester to meet Said Saleh and Keith Cummings from Mars Knitwear.

    Based in Wigston, Leicestershire, the chaps at Mars have been making knitwear for over 30 years.

    Having been manufacturing thousands of pieces of acrylic knitwear for the big store groups, Mars has now gone back to creating smaller quantities of premium knitwear from British wool, lambswool and merino.

    They even now have their own brand.

    • 29 min
    How I dealt with the copycats and came out on top, Monika Young, Monika the Label

    How I dealt with the copycats and came out on top, Monika Young, Monika the Label

    Monika Young is the founder and creative director of Monika the Label - a sustainable fashion brand inspired by 70s California and made in the UK.
    In this episode, Monika tells the story of how she set up and her brand, and what actions she took when she discovered her original designs and prints being copied by fast fashion online retailers. 
     
    Discover:
    04:12 How Monika's experience as a fashion buyer lead her to question the industry and pushed her to start her own clothing brand
    11.21 How having supplier issues with her fabrics was actually a blessing in disguise
    19.24 What slow fashion means to Monika
    24.17 The reasons why Monika believes there are so many more benefits to UK manufacturing that offsets the additional cost
    26.14 Why Monika makes sure she invests in the quality of her products
    29:58 How Monika discovered her prints were being copied by large fashion brands
    38:16 The amount of support Monika received through sharing her experience on social media
    41.28 How Monika is dealing with the challenge of getting the copies taken down and how her brand has come out on top
    45.13 Why Monika's opinion changes about whether consumers are more likely to purchase from brands with a purpose
    50.00 The future plans for Monika the Label in order to work towards being more sustainable
    52.11 How sticking to your values and staying true to yourself is Monika's one piece of advice to other brand owners


    More Monika the Label

    Monika the Label on Instagram
    Monika the Label website
    More Make it British
    Make it British website

    Manufacturing Made Easy -  Find out how you can work with Kate to build your British-made brand
    Join Make it British -  become a member of our community and promote your business in our directory or UK-made brands and manufacturers
    Make it British on Instagram

    • 55 min
    7 things that successful British-made brands do

    7 things that successful British-made brands do

    What are some of the things that I see successful British-made brands do consistently?

    In the first episode of series 4 of the Make it British podcast I look at what makes for a great British-made brand.

    • 18 min
    Series 4 is coming soon!

    Series 4 is coming soon!

    The new series of the Make it British Podcast is coming very, very soon!

    Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it.

    As well as the usual advice and tips for making in the UK, along with interviews with some of my favourite people that manufacture products in Britain, we are doing something a little bit different this series.

    Listen in to this trailer to find out what it is!!

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Dessy @ Utelier.com ,

Great insights!

Love Kate and her podcast. The information she shares is always practical and on point. Her deep industry expertise is succinctly presented in a way that is relevant to today’s changing industry landscape and allows for creative entrepreneurs to apply what they learn and reap the rewards immediately.

Olivia, Lotus Maternity ,

Informative and lighthearted podcast championing British made

Kate puts in such effort to these podcasts. Her own manufacturing knowledge is sublime but the invitations of interesting guests and panels for the MIB podcast, keeps all of the content fresh and up to date. My favourite episode so far has been #125 with Labour Behind the Labour, in relation to Boohoo’s unethical manufacturing practices, as it is incredibly helpful in showing consumers the ‘true price of fast fashion’.

vixiebon ,

You don’t know what you don’t know!

I love this podcast and it’s been absolutely invaluable as I have started my British manufacturing journey. I want to make a difference but without Kate’s insights I would have stumbled many times already. My favourite episode (so far) has been the margin and markup episode (number 170) (who knew they were different!) where Kate helps make something a bit tricky easy to understand as always. Thanks for all your insights and inspiration ☺️🤩

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