At Dog & Dome, we are committed to creating British made products. This year marks the first Made in UK Day, created by Make it British to celebrate their 11 year anniversary and we wanted to share our story and the advantages to creating British made products.
When we came up with the concept for Dog & Dome, there were several values we promised to uphold. These included creating high quality, eco-friendly and British made products. Our reasons for creating British made products is to support local businesses, tapping into the expertise of the area’s longstanding cotton and silk industries and be directly involved in the production process. We have built strong relationships with our suppliers and it feels like proper team work when everyone is pleased with the finished result. By liaising directly with our local suppliers, we are able to ensure the best quality products.
Carefully laying a screen printed pattern onto a Dog & Dome plate at Duchess China 1888
Keen to keep the production of Dog & Dome products in this country, the mugs have been made in Stoke on Trent, the aprons, wash bags and some cushions are made in Sheffield whilst the others are made in Bollington, so most of our range is made within a 50 mile radius of our Derbyshire headquarters.
A year and a half on from launching our business, a pandemic later and with the exit from the EU, it feels like there has never been a more important time to support local and British businesses.
With Mother’s Day around the corner and birthday’s always popping up, there are plenty of reasons to buy British today. Kate Hills, owner of Make it British says that “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.”
Some of the other advantages to buying British products is that it lowers your carbon footprint. On top of trying to reduce our own travelling, why not try and reduce that of the products we order. By buying closer to home, you can have a positive impact on the environment and support a businesses close to home.
We believe in using ethically sourced, sustainable materials, so all our paper products are produced from recycled paper and our packaging is eco-friendly to have as little adverse effect on the environment as possible.
By purchasing a product that is made in the UK you are helping to save traditional manufacturing skills which have been passed down through the generations and if not maintained, will be lost.
There are currently 2.7 million people working within manufacturing in the UK. When you buy a product that is made in the UK, you are directly contributing to keeping someone in employment.