Tuesday, 9 March 2021: Made in UK Day

It is the 10 year anniversary for the folk at ‘Make It British’ and as part of their celebrations they are marking the day, Tuesday, 9 March 2021, as #MadeInUKDay.

Since its launch 10 years ago, the Make It British site has been visited by more than 6.5 million people looking to buy UK-made products and search for UK manufacturers. This year alone has seen a 68% increase in enquiries since the UK left the EU’s single market and customs union. UK manufacturing is currently worth £192 billion to the UK economy and employs 2.7 million people.

The campaign, mostly using social media, is to remind everybody of the wider benefits when buying items made in the UK. Below is a series of images and graphics that will be appearing on various social media platforms in the lead up to next Tuesday’s #MadeInUKDay.

There are plenty of well-known manufacturing names listed on the Make It British directory, but let’s not forget all the small businesses and solo enterprises creating a wide range of crafted products too. And, some of these makers have offered products that will feature in a special Made in UK Day competition.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

10 thoughts on “Tuesday, 9 March 2021: Made in UK Day”

  1. It’s a brilliant idea, and it does make sense. I struggle a bit with the whole gung-ho little Britain thing promoted by the Brexiters, which suggests we’re better than everyone and don’t need Johnny Foreigner, not the European variety anyhow, but I do recognise this is different. Celebrating British talent and enterprise and buying local is something we can all get behind.

    1. Yes, I do agree with you. It is tricky though this line between the exceptionalism thing and passionately supporting local. Globalisation of positive values such as fairness and democracy is good, but globalisation of trade, when it’s cheap plastic being shipped from one side of the world to the other, is becoming a global tragedy. When we can, I guess, buying local is the best option for everybody.

      1. I so agree with the points you make here, and as most of my career was in the shipping industry, I saw first-hand the kind of goods that crisscrossed the world.

        Good luck with your sale day!

      2. Thank you. I am waiting for a whole swathe of the famous to start living a life of less conspicuous consumption and lead from the front, but I am not holding my breath.

  2. There is always a desire to buy the best of what you need , need being the key. So always one starts locally , hopefully, and moves outwards to search if necessary. We have local kerbside waste collections and they are always dominated by piles of cheap plastics from China. The key word in your post Agnes is CRAFT MAN/WOMAN ship.

    1. Thanks for the support, much appreciated. And, as I have just commented to Gwen, I am waiting for a whole swathe of the famous to start living a life of less conspicuous consumption and lead from the front, but I am not holding my breath.

      1. The famous unfortunately often believe they have a seperate life of privilege and power to be unaffected by trivia such as environmental dangers, global warming, poverty and probably Covid.

      2. Yes, and some of them even think they’re going to be departing the planet and living in luxurious isolation on Mars. Oh for goodness’ sake.

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