In line with the Best of Britannia Mission Statement the BOB team are thrilled to announce BOB North. Working with the fullest support of Marketing Lancashire, Creative Lancashire and Preston City Council we are continuing the ethos of BOB and taking it to the heart of a county renowned globally as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The BOB team are delighted to be breathing new life into the former Central Post Office building in the historic Flag Market where we will be creating our unique pop-up department store experience as well as replicating the buzz of our food and drink courtyard by utilising the wrought-iron Victorian grandeur of the adjacent covered market.

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Historically, when people were asked to think about Britain’s manufacturing sector, the companies they mentioned first were often those associated with motorsport: Aston Martin, Lotus, McLaren, and so on. In recent years, as the wider sector has struggled, attention has moved elsewhere. Still, British businesses continue to play an important role behind the scenes, and it’s good to look back and appreciate some of their most impressive achievements.

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Zespoke are a furniture manufacturer based in Northern Ireland. They pride ourselves on creating funky retro designs and producing high quality hand crafted pieces. What makes us different from other furniture sellers is that Zespoke make each table individually . This allows customers to choose from more than 30 different colours with endless combinations or a single colour is fine too.

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Not all furniture is created equal. Great furniture should offer reliability, sturdiness, and beauty while enhancing the interior of your living or work space. British furniture has a long history of superior craftsmanship and timeless elegance that cannot be matched by competitors. When you buy British made furniture, you are continuing this tradition of excellence for future generations to enjoy, because furniture of this calibre is something that can be passed down through the years. Here are some companies—both past and present—that have greatly contributed to the history of handcrafted British furniture.

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 1st Position dancewear warns a lack of manufacturing capacity and skills in the UK is limiting growth

International Dance Supplies (IDS) which makes its best-selling 1st Position dancewear in the UK has put out a call for more producers – whilst warning that a shortage of skills and support for smaller UK manufacturers is limiting its growth potential.  Producing over 220,000 leotards in the UK last year, the company has been on the hunt for more UK-based manufacturers with the capacity, and specialist skills to help meet the increased demand for its 1st Position ‘Made in Britain’ dancewear range.

Designed at its Devon headquarters and produced by hand-picked manufacturers in the UK, 1st Position dancewear is exported to over 55 countries across the world.  Enjoying its highest-ever level of orders, sales to the US alone, increased by 20% last year.  

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New Brand Launch

be unlimited is a new British luxury silk brand that has been launched to celebrate individuality and self expression. be unlimited has taken a fresh look at print and pattern to produce unique items that are made in Britain and designed to be treasured for a lifetime. be unlimited has just launched the bu collection and this is now available online via www.thebucollection.com. This collection offers an explosion of colour in fun ways that open up numerous new possibilities for any wardrobe.

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