What does ‘Made in the UK’ mean in the context of a modern global economy?

Sometimes it’s obvious. We can grow food in UK farms or eat fish landed by the UK fleet. For other products, there may be a complex mix of where the raw materials come from, where it is designed, or where it’s made.

But there hasn’t been any way for consumers to assess what is ‘made in the UK’ for everything they might buy – until now!


The YouK Score system assesses three key features:

1. Input Materials

Are the input materials of UK origin?

  • YouK scores UK inputs very highly for products such as food or car engines, but less so when the input is a smaller part of the finished goods, for example, leather in shoes.

2. Design

Design is a key component of many modern products, and it can come in a number of forms such as creative design, research & development or innovation.

  • YouK scores design highly whenever there are numerous highly paid and specifically skilled people employed in the UK, for example, over-the-counter products made by pharmaceutical companies with extensive R&D facilities in the UK, or design houses producing high fashion clothes or shoes.

3. Manufacture

Where something is physically made is one of the more obvious components of the extent to which a product is ‘Made in the UK’.

  • YouK scores the quality and extent of manufacture, ranging from the basic assembly of parts made elsewhere to finished products substantially UK manufactured.

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Did you know?

  • Sales, Service and Distribution jobs are very important and will exist whatever the product’s origin.
  • Company ownership is less important in today’s world. For example, Japanese-owned Nissan makes its Qashqai in Sunderland!
  • Brands are scored on the basis of their business model across their whole product range. This does mean that some of their products could have either higher or lower scores than the brand.
  • Individual products generally have a score related to their specific makeup.
  • YouK strives to be fair and accurate, and will always welcome corrections or new information from individuals or companies.

Want to know more?

Our YouK Score system is designed to fill a gap in providing consumers with relevant information.

Please get in touch if you are an Economist or simply very interested in this topic.


Go to the app to see which products are ‘Made in the UK’!