For nearly four decades, we’ve recognised the importance of quality British manufacture. Now it’s time to celebrate what the UK has to offer!
With travel and technology faster and more far-reaching than ever before, the world has truly gone global. Of course, this is a great thing, bringing people closer together and allowing insight into different lives and cultures to enrich our own.
However, when it comes to manufacture, there are endless benefits to choosing options on your own soil. British brands create opportunities for local people, boost the economy and provide faster, more effective service in the process.
Buying British offers flexible and transparent transactions without the carbon footprint. Here at YTM, we understand the importance of British brands because we are one.
For those who love home-grown brands, let us share some of our favourites – those that put the ‘great’ in Great Britain.
In fashion: Barbour
Let’s start with a fashion brand that needs no introduction. Not only does Barbour produce functional and fashionable outdoor wear that’s popular the world over, but they also have a great heritage. Barbour was founded by John Barbour – a Scot from Galloway – in 1894 and became famous for providing weatherproof clothing for the military in times of combat.
In cars: Land Rover
Another big name, Land Rover – or Jaguar Land Rover, as it now known – was founded in 1948 and continues to advertise the best of British on (and off) roads across the globe. They continue to do their part for the environment too, as the amount of recycled polymer in a Range Rover is equivalent to 2,137 small bottles. Recently, they have also been dipping their wheels in electric car design.
In food and drink: Berry Bros. & Rudd
With a Royal Warrant from the Queen and a seemingly endless supply of prestigious wine awards under their belt, you can’t get more British than Berry Bros. & Rudd, the luxury wine merchants. They are also Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, having reigned supreme since 1698.
In beauty: Lovegrove Essentials
When we think of luxury skincare, we tend to think of opulent French brands or innovative Korean names before any of our own, but Lovegrove Essentials aims to change that. With a passion for sustainability as well as skincare, this family run British business creates handmade, holistic and ethically produced products from their HQ in Dorset.
In fabrics: Calzeat
Founded in 1974, it didn’t take long for Calzeat to become one of Britain’s most renowned designers, manufacturers and distributors of quality woven products, including scarfs, apparel and throws. Their designs are quintessentially Scottish, often incorporating Celtic patterns into their work. They also support the Scottish SPCA, which works to prevent cruelty to Scottish animals.
In interior design: Mood Interiors
YTM are interior design enthusiasts, so we love an exciting British design brand. Mood Interiors is just that, creating designs full of pattern, colour and individuality. The company was founded by enthusiastic design lover Preet Dhanoa, who pushes creativity while retaining core British values. Mood work with both homes and businesses, but specialise in making UK care homes attractive places to be. This is something very close to our hearts, as care home design is a key part of what we do at YTM.
At YTM, we practice what we preach…
We at YTM appreciate brands that do their part to boost the local and national economy. We also consider ourselves to be one of them.
We design and create contract furniture from our two production facilities in West Yorkshire. This allows us to be many things: flexible, approachable, sustainable, and a high quality and efficient solution for any venue looking for contract furniture. We also support young people in the community by offering apprenticeship opportunities, helping the next generation gain the skills they need to succeed.