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
Established in 1961, Norman Walsh Footwear create the finest professional and casual sports shoes. All of their footwear is proudly made in Bolton, England.
2. Bristol Blue Glass
Having revived a glass-making tradition lost for over 60 years, Bristol Blue Glass is one of the only producers of blue glassware in the UK.
FieldCandy aims to offer a range of quirky designs that quite literally stand out from the crowd. Designed and made in FieldCandy’s HQ in Derbyshire, FieldCandy tents bring a creative streak to the world of camping.
4. Avalon Guitars
Blending innovation in design with the finest materials and uncompromising traditional craftsmanship, Avalon is the leading maker of premium custom guitars in the UK.
5. Splinter Bikes
With their sleek wooden frame, Splinter Bikes are a masterpiece. Michael Thompson has years of woodworking experience under his (tool)belt and builds Splinter Bikes from Norfolk.
6. Tregothnan Tea
Tregothnan is home to the first truly English tea. The Tregothnan tea gardens stretch across a beautiful part of West Cornwall and produce the 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. Handmade in the UK, Sound Leisure design jukeboxes to last a lifetime.
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. Buffalo design and produce quality clothing ready to withstand even the most rigorous outdoor tests. Their clothing is 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 offers customers a sustainable alternative to flat pack furniture. The reclaimed wood comes from old, buildings across the UK.