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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

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'.

    107 - Silk Weaving in Suffolk - Laura Gore, Vanners

    107 - Silk Weaving in Suffolk - Laura Gore, Vanners

    Vanners is one of the oldest textile businesses in the UK.

    They've been weaving silk since 1740, and moved their weaving business from London to Suffolk in the late 18th Century.

    In this interview I speak to Laura Gore, Vanners managing director,  about what makes their business such a special UK manufacturer.

    • 33 min
    106 - How to print sustainably on wool - Nick Morley, Faering

    106 - How to print sustainably on wool - Nick Morley, Faering

    Nick Morley is the MD of Faering, an innovative, UK manufacturer that prints digitally onto wool and other natural fibres.

    Using the latest technology and renewable energy they can print direct to garments on-demand and with low minimum order quantities.

    In this interview Nick talks about how Faering uses the T-shirt printing model to minimise stock by printing multiple designs onto knitwear.

    • 30 min
    105 - The Making of Pantherella Socks - Justin Hall, Pantherella

    105 - The Making of Pantherella Socks - Justin Hall, Pantherella

    Pantherella was founded in 1937 and has been making high quality, lightweight socks in Leicester ever since.

    I took a trip to the Pantherella factory to meet the current MD, Justin Hall and to find out about how the socks are made.

    Shownotes with videos and images from my factory tour can be found at www.makeitbritish.co.uk/105

    • 40 min
    104 - How we can solve the skills issue post-Brexit - Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable

    104 - How we can solve the skills issue post-Brexit - Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable

    Tamara Cincik has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry and is the founder of Fashion Roundtable, the secretariat for The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion.
    Fashion Roundtable supports the diverse voices of the fashion industry, and provides a much needed link between fashion, business, consumers and policy leaders.
    In this episode Tamara discusses the challenges that Brexit poses to the fashion industry, particularly to manufacturers looking for skilled staff.

    It is estimated that up to 50% of garment workers in the UK come from overseas. If these skilled machinists cannot get visas to come to the UK post-Brexit it will pose a real threat to the ability for UK factories to keep up with the current rise in demand.
    Tamara, through her work with the APPG, has set out the case for changes to visa policy which would allow these skilled workers from the EU to work in the textile industry in the UK post-Brexit.
    But we need as many people as possible to get behind it and write to their MP to let them know that this is an issue before it's too late. 

    Please take a moment to write to your local MP - your voice matters, and they have to act on anything you send to them!

    Find the details of your local MP to write to
    Example letter to write to your MP

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    • 39 min
    103 - What does a manufacturer include in a cost price?

    103 - What does a manufacturer include in a cost price?

    What does a manufacturer include - and NOT include - in a cost price?

    In this episode I breakdown what you can expect a manufacturer to take into account when they quote you a price.

    And how to make sure that there a no nasty surprises when you get your final bill.

    If you want to work out what your target cost price should be try out my cost price calculator.

    Shownotes: makeitbritish.co.uk/103

    • 18 min
    102 - How does a textile mill thrive in 2020? David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles

    102 - How does a textile mill thrive in 2020? David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles

    David Collinge runs the the Burnley-based weaving business John Spencer Textiles.

    He is the sixth generation owner of the mill which, was originally founded 150 years ago.

    In this interview David talks about how the business is evolving, and where he sees UK textiles heading in the coming years.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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Definitely worth listening to

Kate Hills, has helped me further my dream, making it more of a reality for me to become a female entrepreneur (not just a stay at home Mom) who will be able to help support my family financially in 2019. Listening to her giving helpful advise on what do to get manufactures to respond to your emails, working with manufactures, sourcing materials locally, and having your products Made, MAKE It British! Kate Hills is Definitely worth listening to, and Following. I wouldnt be where I am to day with out Her help.

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