UK campaign calls for consumer support for UK manufacturers and producers
UK shopping website calls for consumers to Shop UK products.
A campaign called YoUK is calling for consumers to shop more UK products, to show support for UK business, jobs and the environment.
So, what are the benefits?
Clearly, we cannot buy everything we want or need from UK manufacturers and suppliers. However, UK brands website www.youk.co in its latest blog say the following;
• We may have become too dependent on Globalisation.
• Our businesses depend on our support for their future
• We depend on them for jobs, and for money that funds hospitals and schools
• Shopping for UK products will also help the environment.
How do we know what is made or designed in the UK?
Youk have developed a rating system that shows us if a manufacturer sources their raw material in the UK; designs in the UK; and manufactures in the UK. For example;
• Men’s skincare range Bulldog designs in the UK and manufactures most of their product in the UK
• The soft drink Ribena is made in the UK
• Clothes brand Charles Tyrwhitt manufacture shoes, socks, ties & cufflinks in the UK, designs here, and source some raw materials in the UK as well.
• Hotpoint design here and still make some of their tumble dryers in the UK
• Gordon’s Dry Gin is distilled and produced in Scotland
What do UK consumers actually want?
According to a UK Government survey back in 2011, the majority of UK consumers wanted to buy fresh UK produce, with two thirds saying that buying UK produce was important. However, fewer shoppers actually did that regularly, with price being quoted as a factor.
What do supporters of shopping for UK products say?
According to Derek Poots, YoUK Founder;
“Our food security is now at an all-time low – without imports we would only have half the food we need. It’s time to support our own farmers and fishermen by demanding their products.
The food we import has, on average, 10 times greater Product Miles!
The UK is too reliant on other countries making goods for us – each time we import something we export the skills involved in making it, until we have lost those skills completely.
Buying UK-made, produced or designed goods is the surest way to protect and grow UK jobs. We will still import a huge amount of goods, and export, but even a small rebalancing will support your neighbour’s job, and yours!”