How the manufacturing industry is incorporating British culture in to their products

Sometimes, a manufacturer gets it spot on and a design for a product can become not just something everybody will use, but ends up being heralded as an icon of British culture; a quintessential aspect of what it means to be British. Such a successful design goes down in the history books as one of those products that everyone will remember.

It is easy to recall some of the times this has been achieved to great effect. When thinking of classic cars, whenever somebody says the word ‘Mini’, many people think of Alec Issigonis’ classic design, with a Union Jack proudly painted on to the roof. The Mini is now forever associated with that kind of imagery, and appearances in such classic British films as The Italian Job.

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How the pet industry is providing opportunities for British based manufacturers

Even when times are tough financially, there are some areas in which people are always willing to spend. One of them is the pet industry, making it a resilient area that has shown consistent growth in recent years. With 58 million pets in the country and around £4.6bn spent on them annually, it’s an area with huge potential and it provides jobs in pet food production, manufacture, transport, technology and more.

Practical items

Every pet needs food and the market for basic pet food is huge, catering to many different kinds of animal. Because some pets are fussy, there are often multiple flavours of food in demand within a single brand, and there’s a market for specialist food such as dog chews designed to protect tooth enamel. Pet medicine is another major area, covering everything from drugs to supports for injured animals, and pet housing is also in high demand, from cages for small rodents to dog kennels. Consumers also spend on bedding, grooming equipment and toys.

Luxury items

Alongside this market in practical items, there’s a market in luxury goods. Most pet owners like to provide occasional treats in the form of snacks, but also included in this market are luxury foods designed to provide animals with gourmet meals – or at least with what their owners like to think they’d perceive that way. Luxury clothing for pets is increasingly popular; as are manicures, dye jobs, stencilled tattoos and other forms of elaborate grooming. Many pets even have their own social media accounts and there are new online services to help them meet others in their local areas.

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Sofa Company Expansion Gives Employment Boost

The Chesterfield Company has expanded its operation by opening a new factory in Blackburn.The new premises covers almost 2000 square metres and has further room for expansion, allowing the company to increase the number of quality, handmade Chesterfield Sofas as well as various other items of furniture including beanbags, footstools, arm chairs, sofa beds and much more.

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The Abreption School Of Leather Work Opens

Lincolnshire based specialist leather company introduce the Abreption School of leather work.

Whether it’s the warming scent or the soft, supple feel, there is something special about leather that deeply appeals to the senses. This summer, the Abreption School will be opening its doors in Grantham, inviting interested crafters to learn more about the ancient trade of leather working.

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Maldon based shoelaces manufacturer starts exporting globally

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Most people don't give a second thought to their shoelaces - unless they come undone of course. Maldon firm, The Original Laces Company, has shown how manufacturing in Britain can still be viable if you have a unique enough product and service.

Nothing new about laces that's for sure, but when they're bespoke, branded and made-to-measure using coloured waxed cotton and other materials - laces become a fashion accessory worthy of the most creative tastes. The laces are tipped with embossed metal aglets which gives a quality finish and then gift packed in clear tubes with cork stoppers.

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Britain: leading the world in aerospace innovation?


Everyone is aware of the UK’s aerospace history, which is marked by a number of world firsts; the first jet engine; first commercial jet airliner, the Comet; first supersonic airliner, Concorde (in conjunction with France, of course); and the Harrier, the world’s first wing VSTOL aircraft. In more recent times, apart from the Typhoon/Eurofighter, Rolls Royce engines and Airbus wings, the industry has largely fallen out of the spotlight.

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