93% of consumers willing to pay more for British-made products

Finding British-made products is the biggest challenge facing consumers who want to buy British, according to a survey of over 1,000 people.

Finding British-made products is the biggest challenge facing consumers who want to buy British – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

The survey was recently carried out by Make it British, the campaign set up by Kate Hills to encourage more people to buy British and make in the UK.

Kate Hills explained: “We wanted to find out what shoppers really think when it comes to buying British.

This is the biggest survey of its kind and it gives us some valuable insights into what the British public think about buying British-made products.”

The survey has revealed that 50% of shoppers are trying to buy more British-made products since the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

It also confirms that people perceive British-made products to be better quality and worth paying more for.

Over 77% of those questioned said that if they knew a product was made in Britain, they would believe it to be of good quality. This compares to 60% in a similar survey carried out by Make it British in 2013.

Around 93% of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay more for a product made in Britain compared to buying a similar product made outside the UK.  This is more than double that of the survey findings five years ago when 43% said they would pay more for a British-made product.

Hills added: “This survey confirms that British-made stands for quality and shoppers are willing to pay more for a product they can trust.  There’s a growing desire to buy more British, but a big challenge is where to find products that are made in Britain.

“When it comes down to building trust, knowing that a retailer is selling goods that are made in the UK is still one of the main things that can give shoppers confidence in buying them.”

The Make it British Live! event on 23 and 24 May at The Old Truman Brewery, London will shine the light on some great British brands and British success stories.  The two-day event includes a trade show with over 200 exhibitors, a symposium and workshops and is the only 100% British sourcing event.

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