We’re celebrating the first Made in UK Day on 9 March 2021
As the appetite to shop locally and support local businesses grows, we are taking part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday, 9 March 2021.
The Made in UK Day campaign has been created by Make it British to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Started as a blog by ex-retail buyer Kate Hills to champion all the wonderful products that are made in the UK, the Make it British website has now 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. More than 65 million people live in the UK and if everyone bought just one item made in the UK worth £20 on Made in UK Day it would be worth £1.3billion.
Here at Centrobed we design and manufacture all our bespoke beds and cots in Ashford, Kent. We currently employ over 30 people from the local area, and despite the business challenges and uncertainties faced due to the Corona Virus and lockdown restrictions, we continue to expand and remain flexible and agile.
Managing Director, Cheryll Hollis states;
“The past year has been incredibly challenging. We have had to adapt our processes to remain Covid secure and ensure that our factory can still operate to produce our bespoke beds and cots. Throughout the pandemic we have ensured that we can still meet our clients’ needs by conducting Video assessments, as face to face interaction was not possible.
I am incredibly proud of my team, and the fact that we have been able to continue to grow our business despite the adversities is a huge testament to all their hard work and dedication. I am also extremely proud of the fact that we manufacture all of our products on site here in Ashford.”
By purchasing from UK made businesses like us you are helping to:
Lower your carbon footprint
Buying products made closer to home means you can significantly reduce the number of miles something has travelled. In turn, this reduces its carbon footprint.
Save essential skills
Manufacturing requires skill. By purchasing a product that is made in the UK you are helping to save skills within local communities. Skills that would otherwise be lost.
Create job opportunities
2.7 million people work within manufacturing in the United Kingdom. When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are directly contributing to keeping someone in employment.
Promote UK craftsmanship
When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are helping to preserve craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations.
Boost local economies
Buying locally-made directly contributes to your local economy. Spend your money wisely and help contribute directly towards the area in which you live.
Preserve UK manufacturing
If everyone living in the United Kingdom bought just one item made in the UK worth £20 on Made in UK Day it would be worth £1.3bn! Spend your money wisely and help UK manufacturing to thrive.
How to get involved in Made in UK Day
You can get involved in the campaign too by pledging to buy something that is made in the UK on 9 March and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #madeinukday