Buying British Products

Our heritage

What could be more British.  English Heritage’s online shop offers unique gifts inspired by our country’s rich history. They have the perfect gift ideas for all ages and any occasion, many of them exclusive. Great British gifts for the ladies and the Gentlemen. do I know what is British and what is EU food produce?


Generally EU exporters specialise in certain products such as Wine and the French and Italian exporters.  (German exports are more manufactured products, such as cars and household appliances)  Most products are stated as coming from or produced in the EU.


Most of our supermarkets put their wines on shelves that state the country.... ie: France, Italy, Spain etc.  Just look along the shelves and chose a wine that is not of EU origin..British is best but not all supermarkets stock UK if no UK choice, perhaps chose wines from Australia, South Africa, California USA..but do not forget, that the UK produce great wines!!


Read the not just grab a bottle of wine or a lump of cheese.....and remember over 80% of cheddar bought in UK comes from an EU country Ireland!!  Why buy from an EU country when we produce some of best Cheddars in the world! 

So look for the British flag on foods or where it has been produced.


Cheeses from the United Kingdom.


The British Cheese Board states that "there are over 700 named British cheeses produced in the UK."     British cheese particularly cheddar has become an important export for the UK


Of course we have developed a taste for soft cheeses over the years, such as the French Bries and Camemberts....But, no need to go without a favourite cheese, as you can get almost the same wonderful tastes from a British produced soft cheese!

Here are some replacements from British cheese producers...

Try Cornish Brie or Tunworth soft cheese, and there’s a stunning cows milk soft cheese from the Isle Of Wight, and thats before we even mention Bath soft cheese!. 


The stinky French….rind cheeses have been long time favourites of many dining rooms, the way it seeps out on a cheese tray, the pungent, aromas tickling at your nostrils!


But well washed rind cheese is one of the most exciting areas of British cheese making with the likes of Stinking Bishop, Oxford Isis and Golden Cenarth to name but a few. Each of these delicate, powerful cheeses can stand toe to toe with even the most pristine French stinkies!.


Then we come to blue cheese, Roquefort stand pretty high on the salty,  toungue biting charts, the cave aging playing a significant role in the flavour.


We don’t need to tout the intricacies and world appreciation of Stilton, instead we can look at the wide range of complex, and very different blue cheeses of the UK. From Shropshire, Cornish and Beenleigh Blue, we have a wealth of blue cheese prowess at our finger tips, each with unique and refined flavours, and a sharpness, creaminess and intensity of blue veining.

While many people are still concerned over the pros and cons of Brexit, cheese imports should not be one worry about. You do not need to fret about the cheese board, because we in Great Britain have got ourselves covered for cheese supply!!.


So what are you waiting for, ask your local shop or delicatessen, if they do not stock it they will order it for you.

When it comes to fruit and veg...again these are generally labelled with country of origin or EU produced, as in the case of some honey that is a mix from all over the EU!


The UK has great local foods...try some if you normally just buy what is in front of will be happily surprised at the taste and quality.  Remember products from  the EU have had to travel thousands of miles to get to the UK supermarket shelves...and I wonder how much pollution that has caused just to have some Romanian potatoes on the shelves!!


Ask your local supermarket or shop to stock more UK produce and do your bit to keep money in the UK.  The more we spend on British produce the more we keep jobs in Great Britain. You won't find EU countries buying British cheeses...they buy local...copy them!!



Despite the decline since the 1970s, when manufacturing contributed 25% of the UK's GDP, we are currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.

Overall, the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% each year since 1948, according to a recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS attributes the sustained growth to a better quality; more skilled workforce; a shift in production from low to high productivity goods; improvements in automation and technology; increased investment in R&D, and a more integrated global economy.

According to Make UK (formerly EEF), UK manufacturing currently:

  • employs 2.7 million people – earning an average of £32,500
  • contributes 11% of GVA
  • accounts for 45% of total exports – totalling £275bn
  • represents 69% of business research and development (R&D)
  • provides 13% of business investment

Specialised Auto tools & equipment


Frost Ltd was established in the UK in 1905 as a general Engineering company. It has since then been manufacturing and supplying specialised automotive tools, coatings and equipment since 1986 and is a recognised brand in the automotive restoration world. Particularly for American classic cars.


With over 2500 products, Frost offers an outstanding choice of Automotive Tools & Equipment for Custom Vehicles, Retro Cars, Classic Car and Bike Restorers, Competitors, and Craftsman. Including Paints & Coatings, Electroplating, Rust Treatments & Prevention, Detailing Products, Car Care & Polishing, Bodywork, Oils & Fuel Additives and much more.

Buying British Manufactured products.


With so much being imported from the EU and further afield,such as China and India, it can be quite difficult to find British products...but they are there if you look!

Car tyres are a classic example, they are manufactured all over the world. There are of course UK tyre manufacturers, such as Michelin and others.

You can check here where brands of tyres are manufactured.

From Simple glassware to an ultra modern bicycle...we will be listing here all the British made products as we find them. If you know of British manufactured products, please email us, so that we can add to the list.

Build a British-made Brand to be Proud Of.

Great website for helping any British small business to find all the maufacturers and supplier of British products to get your new business or products on the shelves.

Visit their website for more info.

For handmade glassware, crystal and more it has to be British company Dartington

Ribble Cycles is one of the longest established bicycle retailers in the world. 


Founded in Lancashire in 1897, Ribble Cycles continues to grow through online retailing and at our Cycle show rooms in Preston and Birmingham.


We pride ourselves on providing industry leading road, cyclocross, time trial, triathlon, track, adventure, touring and hybrid bikes. In addition, we offer a range of carefully selected components, accessories and clothing at competitive prices. This combined with our exceptional customer service has led to us having a strong following of customers all over the world and attracting new ones on a daily basis.


Bikes designed, tested & perfected in England.

A new generation of Ribble professional cyclists and triathletes feed back into the development of the award-winning bikes created by our highly experienced UK design team.


Our BikeBuilder offers almost unlimited customisation on our unrivalled, high-quality bikes. This unique feature is accompanied perfectly by the rest of our website, where we provide everything a cyclist could possibly want and need, resulting in customers always partaking the perfect shopping experience.


Recently we have launched a range of new bikes including our first electric road bike and hybrid bikes, along with a brand-new range of road, cyclocross and adventure bikes.

T shirts made and printed in UK


After many many requests, we have created a 'Leave it' T shirt.


Great for arrival of summer.

It will be available from June 2021,

So if you feel you would like to show support for buying British produce with a great design and of course, a tasteful message.

Email us and we shall inform you when they are ready for shipping.