Until now, there hasn’t been a way for consumers to assess what is ‘made in the UK’ for anything they might buy. YouK is the world’s first national consumer products web app, containing 95%+ of everything made, designed or produced in the UK.
Brands and products are given a YouK Score to help you identify which goods are made locally. But what does ‘Made in the UK’ mean?
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 R&D takes place and the design and manufacturing locations.
Our YouK Score system fills a gap, providing consumers with relevant and transparent information about the products they buy. The YouK Score assesses three key features:
Are the input materials of UK origin?
YouK scores the UK input materials for a product, or a brand’s range of products. When the input material is a big part of the economic value, such as for food and textiles, this is scored highly; when the input material is a relatively small component, less so, such as for carbonated drinks and pharmaceuticals.
Where are the products designed?
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 a company employs numerous highly paid and specifically skilled people within the United Kingdom. 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.
Where are the products manufactured?
The manufacturing location of a product is the most obvious component of the YouK scoring system.
YouK scores the quality and extent of manufacture. This ranges from the basic assembly of parts made elsewhere to products being made entirely in the UK.
Most products and brands on YouK have very high scores, reflecting their commitment to UK materials, design and manufacturing; and everything has at least some UK connection that confers economic value relative to pure imports.
YouK makes it easy to find brands producing goods locally. Interested in finding out more about how using YouK supports the local economy and the environment? Read more articles in our Economy, Sustainability and Localisation sections.