As the appetite to shop locally and support local businesses grows, we’re taking part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2021.
The Made in UK Day campaign has been created by Make it British to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Started as a blog by ex-retail buyer Kate Hills to champion all the wonderful products that are made in the UK, the Make it British website has now been visited by more than 6.5 million people looking to buy UK-made products and search for UK manufacturers. This year alone has seen a 68% increase in enquiries since the UK left the EU’s single market and customs union.
UK manufacturing is currently worth £192 billion to the UK economy and employs 2.7 million people. More than 65 million people live in the UK and if everyone bought just one item made in the UK worth £20 on Made in UK Day it would be worth £1.3billion.
At Claire Elsworth Design design we print and make all our beautiful products in the UK: Our wallpapers are made in Lancashire, our prints are printed in Manchester, our 100% organic cotton Tea Towels are made in North East Wales and our cushions are made in London.
Made in UK day is a campaign to champion UK-makers and all the ways in which we can support them. By purchasing from UK-made businesses like us you are helping to:
Lower your carbon footprint
Buying products made closer to home means you can significantly reduce the number of miles something has travelled. In turn, this reduces its carbon footprint. UK-made products are often made in much smaller quantities, too. Many can be made to order, discouraging waste within the supply chain.
Save essential skills
Manufacturing requires skill. Not everyone suits working in a service-based industry. By purchasing a product that is made in the UK you are helping to save skills within local communities. Skills that would otherwise be lost.
Promote UK craftsmanship
When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are helping to preserve craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations.
Create job opportunities
2.7 million people work within manufacturing in the United Kingdom. When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are directly contributing to keeping someone in employment.
Boost local economies
Buying locally-made directly contributes to your local economy. Spend your money wisely and help contribute directly towards the area in which you live.
Preserve UK manufacturing
If everyone living in the United Kingdom bought just one item made in the UK worth £20 on Made in UK Day it would be worth £1.3bn! Spend your money wisely and help UK manufacturing to thrive.
Get involved in Made in UK Day
You can get involved in the campaign too by pledging to buy something that is made in the UK on 9 March and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #madeinukday
For more information and to download a championing pack visit madeinukday.co.uk
Will you join us in celebrating UK-makers and pledge to buy UK-made on 9th March? Make sure to use the hashtag #madeinukday and follow @madeinukday to get involved.