The March of The Makers...
When I sat down at my sewing machine eight years ago I had no idea that it was the first step towards starting a business in manufacturing. We hear a lot about Britain having been a manufacturing powerhouse and happily there's a lot of positive things happening now...
Manufacturing employs 2.7 million people in the UK. We are the 9th largest manufacturing nation and most of our businesses employ fewer than 50 people.
Between 1980 and 2016 the number of people employed in the textile industry dropped from 800k to 100k, though at last that tide may be turning. British brands are now realising that re-shoring their manufacturing means fast turnaround, assured quality, low carbon footprint and with the pound having depreciated since the Brexit vote, it's much more cost-effective too.
There are skills which have been lost over the years but the great news is that this trend is reversing. Some of the wonderful seamstresses we work with trained years ago before so much of our clothing manufacture was moved overseas, but many of them are newly trained by us and are part of what we hope is a manufacturing revolution. In 2016 alone 5000 jobs were created in the textile industry.
Making things in the UK is in many ways a joy. Good communication, short distances and excellent quality benchmarks are part of the positives. However, in order to pay fair British wages, we must invest in clever design and the digital revolution. We also need to connect with a knowledgeable customer base, who want to invest in British-made products.
As a consumer it can be quite difficult to be informed about the provenance of products and some brands will dress products up as 'British' but it's just the design or the headquarters which are of UK extraction...it can be a minefield.
We make everything ourselves in Shropshire (click here to browse our range) and are so proud to be part of this 'March of the Makers' movement. If you're keen to find more British-made products then www.makeitbritish.co.uk is a great place to start.
So, a big thanks to all who are making this journey possible!
Warm wishes, Kate and the TD Team xx