If you think of products traditionally made in the UK, you’ll start to think about tweed jackets, rich black pudding and the Bentley Continental. However, there are thousands of products, ranging from the ordinary to the fabulous, that you would never guess are made right here in the UK. We have picked 10 of the best products made in the UK to show just a snapshot of what you can find on YouK!
1. Norman Walsh Footwear
Norman Walsh Footwear was founded in 1961, creating the finest professional and casual sports shoes – which continues today, all proudly made in Bolton, England.
2. Bristol Blue Glass
Bristol Blue Glass was founded in 1988 with the aim of re-establishing a glass-making tradition in Bristol that had been lost for over 60 years.
FieldCandy aims to offer a range of quirky designs that quite literally stand out from the crowd. Every tent is designed and made in FieldCandy’s HQ in Derbyshire, bringing a creative streak to the world of outdoor gear.
4. Avalon Guitars
Avalon is the leading maker of premium custom guitars in the UK, blending innovation in design with the finest materials and uncompromising traditional craftsmanship.
5. Splinter Bikes
Splinter Bikes created a bicycle that is 100% made from wood. SplinterBikes are designed and made by Michael Thompson in Norfolk who brings years of woodworking experience to each bike.
6. Tregothnan Tea
Tregothnan is home of the first English tea to be grown in England. The Tregothnan tea gardens stretch across a beautiful part of West Cornwall and produce the first English homegrown black, green and herbal teas. Cornish tea leaves are blended with the finest leaves from Assam and Darjeeling to create a range of distinctive flavours.
7. Sound Leisure
From its Yorkshire base, Sound Leisure is one of only two traditional jukebox manufacturers in the world – and the only company to be producing a vinyl-playing jukebox. Each jukebox is made by hand in the UK, tailored to exact specifications, using the finest materials and finishes – each jukebox is designed to last a lifetime and be something to be treasured for years.
8. Buffalo Systems
Buffalo began life in a small workshop in Sheffield when 1970s mountaineer Hamish Hamilton began thinking about sleeping bags. An idea to look at how the Inuit kept warm led to the development of Pertex, an unbeatable fibre for outdoor gear. Today, Buffalo is still run from Sheffield, designing and producing clothing ready to withstand even the most rigorous outdoor tests. Buffalo products are made in the UK to last.
Makita makes power tools for the DIY enthusiast and they are also popular with the trades, with a reputation for high quality. A Japanese global brand, Makita UK have a Milton Keynes HQ, and a factory in Telford, Shropshire where they build over 1 million tools a year, including hedge trimmers, cordless screwdrivers, circular saw, sanders and jigs.
10. Eat Live Sleep
Eat Sleep Live use reclaimed wood to hand make furniture from their base in Nottingham. The company was formed to give customers a sustainable alternative to flat pack furniture. The reclaimed wood comes from old, buildings across the UK.