294 - Should you offer discounts to get people onto your mailing list?
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by Kate Hills
1w ago
One of the questions that came up on one of our recent British Brand Accelerator group coaching calls was so good, I thought I'd bring it to you on the podcast this week. The question was about whether a small business that makes in the UK should be offering a discount when someone opts in to their newsletter, and whether this strategy works. It opened a whole discussion amongst the group about the pros and cons of discounting and other ideas for getting potential customers to sign up to your newsletter. So if you are wondering the same thing about discounting, this episode is for you! Sign up ..read more
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293 - Save English Fine Cottons
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by Kate Hills
2w ago
This week I’m bringing some very sad news - that the UK’s only cotton spinning mill, English Fine Cottons, which brought cotton spinning back to Greater Manchester in 2018, has very sadly gone into administration. In case you don’t know about the history of English Fine Cottons, it was set up by the technical textile spinners Culimeta-Saveguard, who invested £4.8m of its own money, £2m of which was a loan from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to regenerate a former Victorian cotton mill and install new technology to create luxury yarn. A further £1m was awarded as a grant by the ..read more
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292 - Reviving the UK Button-making Industry with Courtney & Co Button Makers
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by Kate Hills
3w ago
Today's guests are Andrea and David Courtney from Courtney & Co buttonmakers Back in 2012 I was contacted by someone who was trying to save the UK’s last remaining horn button maker - Grove & Sons. He was looking for investors to buy up the machinery and pattern books from the business so that the art of natural button making in the UK was not lost. Well it turns out that the investor that this guy eventually found was someone called David Courtney, who saw an ad to buy the machinery and patterns, and decided that he wanted to help. But things are never as easy as the seem, and this in ..read more
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291 - Micro Factories & Supply on Demand: UK Manufacturing at its Best
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by Kate Hills
1M ago
This episode celebrates 15 years since I registered the domain makeitbritish.co.uk and busts some of the myths about UK manufacturing. You'll find out: Why I started Make it British and why I'm such a firm believer in UK manufacturing. The current UK manufacturing landscape. How the UK fashion and textile industry is made up of 1,000s of micro factories. How many garment factories there really are in the UK. The benefits of making in the UK. And why supply on demand is best done locally. To see the video recording of this talk, go to makeitbritish.co.uk/microfactories Want to work together ..read more
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290 - From the archive: Why UK Manufacturing is More Sustainable with Christopher Nieper OBE
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by Kate Hills
1M ago
Christopher Nieper OBE is the managing director of David Nieper, a womenswear business in Alfreton in Derbyshire. The firm was set up by Christopher's parents sixty years ago and is now one of the most vertical textile operations in the UK. Christopher recently invested in state-of-the-art digital printing equipment so that the factory can print it's own fabric onsite. David Nieper already prints all their own catalogues and produce their own knitwear in house, alongside the garment production. In this episode you can hear about the research Christopher commissioned from Nottingham univer ..read more
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288 - Why You Should Visit Your Factory
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by Kate Hills
1M ago
This week I’ve been in the Midlands visiting factories, which is always one of my favourite things to do. I’d planned to take my podcast mic with me and get an episode to you today with an interview with one of the manufacturers, but sadly I was in such a rush when I set off early Sunday morning that I left my mic behind! So on today’s episode instead I'm discussing one of the amazing factories I went to see, and also sharing a recording from the archives - which is to encourage you to get out there and visit factories yourself ..read more
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287 - How To Sell Your Products
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by Kate Hills
2M ago
Today's episode is all about selling and sales, and how it's closely linked to product development. A lot of creative business owners say that they aren't any good at selling, so the natural tendency is to drop their prices or default back to making more products. I'm going to give you a different way of looking at sales, so that selling doesn't make you feel like a used car salesman ..read more
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286 - 21 Tips for Building a Great British Brand
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by Kate Hills
2M ago
Hear from 21 business founders as they give their tips on starting and growing a British-made brand. These snippets were taken from 21 different guest interviews on this podcast. If you want to listen to the full episodes you can find them as follows: Ep.142 Julie Deane, Cambridge Satchel Company Ep.076 Jack Millington, Billy Tannery Ep.143 Kath Whitworth, Celtic & Co Ep. 41 Paul Smithers, Halycon Blue Ep 179 Rebecca J Mills Ep 171 Rich Keegan & Linda Souto Maior, Usual Objections Ep 23 Sian Reekie, Hettie Co Ep 78 Katie Walker Furniture Ep 27 Matt Booth, Both Barrells Ep 139 Rachael A ..read more
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285 - I Never Looked at Manufacturing Anywhere Else with Catherine Bedford, Dashel Cycles
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by Kate Hills
2M ago
On today’s episode I’m chatting with Catherine Bedford, founder of Dashel Cycle Helmets Catherine had the idea for an innovative and stylish cycle helmet whilst watching the London 2012 Olympics. She set about creating her vision, and it took 5 years to develop and launch the Dashel helmet. All Dashel helmets are made in the UK, and in this episode Catherine talks about: How she set about developing a new and innovative product. How she found factories to then make the helmets Some of the safety testing that bike helmets have to go through.  How she got PR and found stockists when she fi ..read more
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283 - Tackling Textile Waste as a Slow Fashion Designer with Lydia Bolton
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by Kate Hills
3M ago
Today's guest is Lydia Bolton, a slow fashion designer tackling textile waste by upcycling unwanted fabrics and garments and turning them into one-off pieces. As well as having her own label, Lydia also teaches others how to upcycle with workshops that she runs and in her partnerships with big brands such as Lidl, Nike, Adidas and Lime bikes. We chat about: How Lydia started out in fashion and textiles and where she learnt to sew. The challenges of upcycling and making one-off pieces. Where she sources her raw materials from and how deadstock can be a misleading term. Her decision to only ren ..read more
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