made in Britain…

A friend told me something that really riled me the other day, I’ll try not to rant, but feel it needs saying. A woman came into her store and started looking round – she picked up a beautiful little antique children’s chair, that had been lovingly restored and painted using heritage paints – it cost £45 – reasonably priced for a piece with so much character and had so much time, effort and love poured into it. Sadly the woman who looked at this piece of British history asked for the price, she was told and then she felt the need to broadcast her disgust by saying “Well!! With prices like these, no wonder there are hardly any customers!!” – her comment was and is unfounded, they have lots of customers because the shop is full of beautiful British made vintage and retro furniture.

It makes me sad that this is quite a common reaction towards quality, British made products – the prices are usually higher as are customer service and quality, but these prices cannot compete with the mass-produced product shipped in from China or Hong Kong, and so the consumer expects super cheap prices all the time. It’s ingrained that we must buy more at knocked down prices.

Surely it’s time to change this habit, start saving money by investing in high quality, British made products, buy less and create a future antique that generations to come will enjoy. Emma Bridgewater and Original BTC Lighting have both saved factories in Stoke on Trent by investing in British Manufacturing, saving jobs and using a town with a heritage steeped in pottery history – it’s madness that most of Stoke’s great pottery brands now make most of their products abroad!!

I think there are some fantastic British brands, we’re very lucky to have them and they need our support to keep them going – too many amazing brands have disappeared and we have to cherish and support the ones we still have. I really hope Mary Portas is successful in her quest to bring back British Manufacturing and make us all aware of how essential it really is to our communities.

8 thoughts on “made in Britain…

  1. It’s commonly known as ignorance. One day people will have handed down ikea tables not? People forget pieces also tell a story.

    1. You’re so right – I absolutely treasure all the beautiful antiques my parents handed to me that have been in the family for years – they look unique and cool too and best still, they were free!! Much better than a mass produced piece that millions of people around the world also have and which end up on the tip! Thank you for reading Stuart.

  2. I absolutely agree. Having visited those factories in places like Indonesia it is sad that not even the great names are made here now. I admire Emma Bridgewater for manufacturing in Britain and happily pay the extra to support the British factories and keep our heritage alive.

    1. I’m so pleased you agree and thank you for reading – lets hope the nation start to realise how important it is for us all to support British manufacturing, there’s too much cheap eastern ‘throw-away’ rubbish in our landfills – at least if we had beautiful pieces that didn’t break, we wouldn’t have this problem…and there wouldn’t be so many people out of work!

  3. Well said!
    It took me a few years to ‘get it’ but quality is key! And now more so now than ever we have to make the choice. Yes we are in a time of financial difficulty but I know that with clothing if I buy Primark I feel Primark. If I buy Prada I feel Prada! It’s the same in our homes. I want to buy items that I will cherish. When I walk into a room I want that new ‘chair’ that cost a bit more to make me smile and feel like it was the right choice. I don’t want to think, oh well that cheap thing will do for now. I’ll replace it later. That’s how you make a house not a home!

  4. Well done for such a great piece highlighting British manufacturing. It’s great to see more and more people supporting British-made.
    I set up my website Make it British a year ago and there has been a fantastic response.
    Yes, there are always going to be people like the shopper mentioned above who just aren’t prepared to pay a little more for quality and to know where a product has come from, but I think for the most part the British public are coming round to the idea of buying British again.

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