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Britain set to be the only leading economy to not make steel.

In the Victorian era, Britain was responsible for 40% of the global supply of steel. It may soon produce nearly none at all. Should Tata sell off its sites in Scunthorpe or Port Talbot, following the closure of their Redcar plant last year, Britain would become the only member of the G7 no longer making steel. 25 more words

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Lets start a revolution!

Photo by Sebastião Salgado 

Here at the Natasha Jade studio we are very aware of the effects of climate change, our carbon footprint and the financial and environmental cost of transporting goods unnecessarily  across oceans. 478 more words

Art & Creativity

Spring and Gin. Two things to celebrate the end of Winter

The Small Boy and I had a lovely trip this morning to Crimple Hall. Which confusingly is not a hall at all, but a gorgeous ‘retail experience’ on Leeds Road, Harrogate which is delightfully filled with all-sorts of loveliness. 283 more words


Have your say – British medals to be made in France, but is is right?

The manufacture of some British medals is to be off-shored to France according to reports this morning. This will be the first time that any top British honour has been manufactured abroad and the news has apparently provoked anger. 81 more words

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Community Clothing

Buying quality British made items is something I am passionalte about.  It is one of the reasons I make my own clothing, I really don’t want to wear an item made in a sweatshop on the other side of the world where we can pretend we know nothing of what happens.   27 more words

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The Importance of Buying British Kiln Dried Logs

The Importance of Buying British Kiln Dried Logs

You are perhaps not even aware, when buying firewood, that a huge amount now comes from Eastern Europe and the amount being imported is rising at a significant rate. 674 more words

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The Handmade Christmas Fair

Last weekend I had a blast at Kirstie Alsop’s Handmade Christmas Fair with the Manchester Craft Mafia. We decided to take a stall very last minute so the lead up to the fair was full of frantic preparation but I think it all paid off really well. 368 more words