Hello

This could be history in the making since this is the very first post on the Made in Britain blog. Perhaps you are reading this today, on May 9th 2017, as my first ever visitor or perhaps you are reading this at some time in the future curious to see where this extremely popular blog started! Either way, welcome.

There are some fantastically-named blogs out there and it took many days to find something suitable for this new venture. I toyed with using my name, and I thought about having something snappy and fun, but in the end I settled with something that “does exactly what it says on the tin” to quote a well-known marketing slogan for a British brand of canned DIY products.

British brands are indeed a big focus of this blog as I look to find some of the best products made in Britain. By Britain I mean the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland but that made for quite a long web address.

Lifestyle blogs seem to be all the rage in 2017. Everywhere you look there are blogs and vlogs of people reviewing clothes and beauty products or talking about their latest shopping “haul”. I’m not someone who necessarily wears the latest fashions, or who keeps their beard in immaculate condition, or who goes out clubbing or eating in fancy restaurants every night of the week, so I expect this blog to be a bit more reserved – but that’s the British way!

I decided to start this blog as I’ve recently started to look for products made in the UK as opposed to automatically going for the big brands or obvious choices. I’m doing this as I’d like to try and support jobs and employment in the UK and to encourage and support manufacturing jobs in Britain. I know that there are lots of other people who want to buy more local products so I hope that you’ll join me on this adventure to find what awesome things we make right here in Britain. It’s more than products as I hope to make some posts about exciting days out in the UK.

Also, I’m technically “made” in Britain myself so I thought that the name also works from a personal blogging point of view although I expect most of my posts to be about things made in the UK. As I start this blog I think that there’ll be more posts on food & drink than anything else given that I am a massive foodie and because we make so many fantastic food products in the country – many of which I am yet to discover. However, I’ll also be posting about other products made in the UK including clothes, stationery and technology since I use nearly all these things on a daily basis.

This is not to say that I won’t buy products from overseas – far from it. For a start there are lots of things that we don’t currently make in this country but I also believe that international trade leads to a stronger global economy. Just as I buy products from overseas I am sure that people in other countries will buy products made in Britain. I’m also a big advocate for buying products from companies whose activities are as fair and sustainable, as is reasonably practical, to support society and the environment. I’ll award bonus points for companies that do this!

If you’ve read this whole post, congratulations, as I didn’t expect it to be so long! Thanks for sticking with me and I hope that you’ll stick with me as the blog develops and grows.

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Gareth.

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