Industry supports UK products

Garden goods makers react favourably to chancellor's call for more manufacturers from Britain.

Garden product makers have backed chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne's call for more manufacturers in Britain.

In his recent Budget, Osborne said there would be new export credits to help smaller businesses, a new technology and innovation centre for high-value manufacturing and nine new university centres for innovative manufacturing.

He added: "We want the words 'made in Britain, created in Britain, designed in Britain and invented in Britain' to put fuel in the tank of the British economy - a Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers."

Birmingham-based Hozelock marketing director Simon McArdle said: "Everyone benefits from branded, added-value British-made products. The consumer gets a trusted brand, assured quality and local support. The retailer gets an on-shore supply chain with flexible deliveries to maximise fair-weather sales.

"We constantly invest in new plant and new jobs to give us a sustainable competitive advantage and the Treasury gets more in taxes while paying out less in unemployment benefits.

"We are finding growing numbers of consumers choosing to buy British - not just for patriotic reasons or because they trust our brand but also because they positively discriminate against products that clock up 3,000 carbon miles to get to them when a Hozelock Auto Reel, for example, comes locally from Birmingham."


- Richard Plowman, secretary, Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association

"It is not easy being a supplier or manufacturer these days. But there is demand. For some years people have had extremely good value. But a low cost scenario is one of the past."

- Neil Gow, director, Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association

"British-made is going to hit an all time high. Red, white and blue will be in with the surge of patriotism surrounding the royal wedding."

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