There are so many great reasons to shop from makers in Britain, and support small businesses in the UK. Lots of Pedddle stallholders source their materials from other British businesses, continuing to share the love of shopping small and locally. They really do practice what they preach!
We wanted to get to know some of the makers that really place an emphasis on buying goods that are Made in Britain, and championing their fellow UK makers.
Small businesses that source their materials in the UK
Nikki from ivy and ginger is a Staffordshire-based artist who creates sustainable wooden jewellery. She buys Thank You cards from a fellow Staffordshire artist, championing other makers in her local area.
ivy and ginger also uses wood cut by a lovely man in Hampshire, and packaging tape from a Framers in Barry, Wales – supporting other UK businesses in turn.
Nikki says, “ALL of my supplies are from British suppliers. I truly believe in shopping small, and the positive differences it makes to our communities, so it wouldn’t feel right to be asking people to support my dream if I’m not supporting others. I also love knowing who I’m buying from. The quality is always better, and products sent with care, rather than being mass packed and shipped from a big warehouse. Another bonus factor for choosing to do this is to reduce any negative environmental impact from imports from overseas”.
Happy Tote Quotes proudly uses British suppliers for all of their products, and seeks to work with businesses that use environmentally friendly and ethically sourced materials.
Morgan and Wells use British suppliers, including British tanned leather and hand cast British brass hardware on their bags, purses and other beautiful leather goods.
Squiggly Sue has her printing is done by a local company, and buys all mounts and frames for her artwork locally. As a Derby-based maker, she sources as many supplies as possible in Derbyshire, and if not looks to other UK-based businesses.
Provenance is one of Loopy Ewes’ highest values, so they have a very transparent, British supply chain.
Loopy Ewes tans sheepskin rugs at a small tannery on the Isle of Skye, using an incredible natural technique with mimosa bark. Their tweed and herringbone fabrics are handwoven on a small hand loom on Dartmoor, and the lavender in their gorgeous pouches is grown at a farm in the Cotswolds, which is less than 30 miles from where the Loopy Ewes sheep graze!
We hope you’ve been inspired by these wonderful British makers! Click here to find out more about shopping from British brands.
Want to shop online from other British makers? Click here to visit Tresstle and find online markets!