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Although much of Kirkpatrick hasn’t changed significantly in over 160 years, there’s always something new going on within our team, in our factory or with our products – which you can keep up-to-date with right here.
Made in Britain Matters
Welcome to the Kirkpatrick blog! Made in Britain matters!
Hello and welcome to the Kirkpatrick blog – this is our new space to keep you up to date about what’s going on at the heart of our operations. We know it’s good to look behind the scenes when you are getting to know a potential supplier and find out more about a company’s history, ethos and vision.
We’re delighted to let you know what’s happening – but what exactly do you blog about after more than 160 years of existence, when you’re now the only surviving black ironmongery company of its type in the UK?
How proud that makes us – that’s what!
You can already read what makes us special in our ‘about us’ section, or learn more about how our goods are handmade to last. Or why not meet our fantastic people who make up our close-knit team?
So, for our first blog post, let’s shine a light on one of our guiding principles – how privileged we are still be made in Britain and what it means to our customers.
Have you heard of the thriving Made in Britain community? We’re delighted to be members and to carry its stamp of approval on our site. This high-profile organisation supports and promotes British manufacturing, enabling buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify British-made products.
That’s very important for us — we have a rich tradition of manufacturing in the heart of the Midlands and one that we are working hard to maintain.
Our methods are tried and tested and our many loyal customers are a testament to our commitment to outstanding service. Our authenticity and craftsmanship are renowned through the UK and beyond. Our products last a lifetime!
So, what are the benefits of still being made in Britain after all these years?
Our customers love it!
British consumers are favouring home-produced products more and more. We see a positive future as discerning buyers turn their back on cheap imports to back British manufacturing.
A boost for the economy
Your support means more investment, more products and more jobs. We’re thrilled to support the local, regional and national economy – ultimately boosting standards of living too!
We’re investing in our people. We have a very low staff turnover rate with generations of families relying on us for employment. We train and develop our people – encouraging a wider skill set. Why buy a low quality imported product when we have the traditional skills right here in the UK to offer a more authentic, high quality product?
When work is produced at home rather than abroad, this brings greater trust and peace of mind. You have full knowledge of where your purchase has come from and that quality standards are not only upheld but exceeded.
We are transparent and cost-effective – largely due to our UK origin.
Fair working practices
Not for us the mysterious working conditions we hear about too often from companies with workers abroad. Buying from us means buying from a company that complies with guidelines and legislation on fairness at work.
You guessed it! Buying British products in Britain means a road less travelled. We reduce our carbon footprint and when you choose to buy from us, you can also bask in the glory of helping save the planet.