British only Westerham family still flying flag six months into challenge

PUBLISHED: 15:47 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:47 21 June 2013

Emily, James and Lucan Bradshaw with a selection of their British goods.

Emily, James and Lucan Bradshaw with a selection of their British goods.


A Westerham family buying only British goods for the past six months believe manufacturing across the nation is at its healthiest in years.

The Bradshaws took on the challenge to source goods from these shores in January after becoming disenchanted with companies like Amazon, who pay a pittance in tax.

Early weeks proved testing, with parents James and Emily unable to source everyday items such as batteries. But, now in the swing of things, the Bradshaws say they are actually saving around 20 per cent on their average food bills and have been impressed by Britain’s burgeoning electronics industry.

James said: “We make a lot of cheap electronics, and there’s an irony in that because we import our gadgets from places we traditionally go to for cheap imports.

“At home we’ve got a British television and vacuum cleaner, and I’m quite tempted by a British MP3 player.”

However, despite the healthy state of home-turf manufacturing, James says he has found it difficult to source children’s toys for son Lucan’s upcoming birthday.

He added: “We will have to make something like a swing in the garden, which is possible.”

The family are organising a summer fair showcasing British businesses in August, and are still looking for companies wanting to set-up stalls and promote their goods.

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