As the appetite to shop locally and support local businesses grows, here at Openhouse Products we are taking part in Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2022. With our brilliant manufacturing team, we are celebrating our role as a UK manufacturer, preserving our industry, and promoting UK craftsmanship.
The Made in UK Day campaign has been created to celebrate 10 years since ex-retail buyer Kate Hills started the Make it British blog to champion all the wonderful products that are made in the UK. 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.
Samantha Proctor, our Sales and Marketing Director, said: “due to how durable [the bags] have to be for the environment they are used in in the ambulance service, they have got to be well made. There isn’t a machine that could make the quality that we need.”
Our unwavering commitment to service improvement has resulted in several innovations, including our lightweight, super strength, dual-sided micrAgard material, a ground-breaking development in the fight against cross-contamination.
For over three decades, our philosophy has remained the same: to consistently enhance all aspects of the business in order to continually raise expectations. This is why our quality management system is integrated into every element of its Openhouse’s operations. This standard of quality is applied throughout the journey of each product, from initial inquiry through production and invoicing. At all times, there is a chain of custody and responsibility.
Kate Hills, the founder of Make it British, said “It has never been more important to buy products that are made in the UK and support local manufacturing. By pledging to buy products that are made in the UK you are lowering your carbon footprint, saving essential skills, helping local economies and creating job opportunities. We want everyone to get behind Made in UK Day to celebrate the wonderful makers that we have in the UK.”
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.
Consumers can get involved in the campaign by pledging to buy something that is made in the UK on 9 March and asking their favourite brands and retailers what, if anything, that they sell is made in the UK. They are also being encouraged to share pictures of products that they have bought, or own, that are made in the UK on social media using the hashtag #madeinukday
To find out more about the campaign visit madeinukday.co.uk