Well I hope everyone has had a good week. There have been lots to be happy about this week, the weather has taken a turn for the better, spring seems to have more or less arrived at last, admittedly the sun loungers are still in the garage but it is lovely to see the sun again. Just as I wrote that line it started to hail, hmmm. From a financial view point yesterday the UK avoided a triple-dip recession, this may be slightly reassuring but more importantly how does that translate into what we do everyday and can our spending influence this.
A few weeks ago I watched a news report looking at a family who were trying to live for a year by purchasing only British made goods, if we all just became more aware of the origins of what we are purchasing could that help lift the UK out of the financial doldrums?
Sounds a great idea but how realistic is that, do people care where goods are manufactured/designed or grown, also can people afford to make this decision?
Our preference, here at Cast in Style, is to try and source goods from their original source with a preference to UK goods, for instance if we sold champagne we would still source it from France but also from the UK, however, unfortunately for me champagne is a line we do not stock – note to self sounds like a great idea and will pitch it to the boss.
So if people decide to make a concerted effort to try and buy more British made goods how can they buy confidently, safe in the knowledge that they are buying genuine UK products?
At Cast in Style we have a flag system on our web site which easily identifies if a product is made in the UK. This system has been in place for a number of years and has proved very successful. Not everything on the web site is sourced from the UK, some of the foundries we used to use have closed down, but where possible we source British made goods. If a product is British made we display a union jack icon on the product page to inform customers of the origins of the product.
I think a healthy attitude to all this is not necessarily to go to the complete extreme of buying only British products but to remember we have some fantastic heritage UK products available to us, from the free range pork sausages sourced from pigs in the local farms to high quality hardware produced in the Black Country. Let’s not forget our roots and remember that there are many high quality goods made/grown here on our door step.