The history of Britain’s leading role in the motorsport industry

Historically, when people were asked to think about Britain’s manufacturing sector, the companies they mentioned first were often those associated with motorsport: Aston Martin, Lotus, McLaren, and so on. In recent years, as the wider sector has struggled, attention has moved elsewhere. Still, British businesses continue to play an important role behind the scenes, and it’s good to look back and appreciate some of their most impressive achievements.

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Zespoke funky and retro furniture flying the flag for Britain

Zespoke are a furniture manufacturer based in Northern Ireland. They pride ourselves on creating funky retro designs and producing high quality hand crafted pieces. What makes us different from other furniture sellers is that Zespoke make each table individually . This allows customers to choose from more than 30 different colours with endless combinations or a single colour is fine too.

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Skill and style: a history of handcrafted British furniture

Not all furniture is created equal. Great furniture should offer reliability, sturdiness, and beauty while enhancing the interior of your living or work space. British furniture has a long history of superior craftsmanship and timeless elegance that cannot be matched by competitors. When you buy British made furniture, you are continuing this tradition of excellence for future generations to enjoy, because furniture of this calibre is something that can be passed down through the years. Here are some companies—both past and present—that have greatly contributed to the history of handcrafted British furniture.

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 1st Position dancewear warns a lack of manufacturing capacity and skills in the UK is limiting growth

International Dance Supplies (IDS) which makes its best-selling 1st Position dancewear in the UK has put out a call for more producers – whilst warning that a shortage of skills and support for smaller UK manufacturers is limiting its growth potential.  Producing over 220,000 leotards in the UK last year, the company has been on the hunt for more UK-based manufacturers with the capacity, and specialist skills to help meet the increased demand for its 1st Position ‘Made in Britain’ dancewear range.

Designed at its Devon headquarters and produced by hand-picked manufacturers in the UK, 1st Position dancewear is exported to over 55 countries across the world.  Enjoying its highest-ever level of orders, sales to the US alone, increased by 20% last year.  

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Lancashire based The Light Yard gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

A Lancashire based lighting firm received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Last week, Jeff Fuller, owner of The Light Yard, tweeted the ex Dragon about his business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that  runs
weekly. Theo re‐tweeted Jeff’s message to his 445,000 followers and as a result, the business ( has 200 more followers and extra orders for their handcrafted pendant and wall lights.

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British bespoke: the resurgence of handcrafted interiors

British designers are in increasing demand around the globe for their high quality of craftsmanship and traditional skills. Big international audiences are attracted to events that showcase these skills, such as Clerkenwell Design Week and the London Design Festival.

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