Manufacturing

Manufacturing businesses range from major concerns selling vast numbers of mass produced goods to small niche artisan producers. Read our in-depth practical guides to planning, starting up and running your own manufacturing business.

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Blacksmith

​Blacksmiths are skilled metal workers who create practical or decorative items, often to the customer's specification. Check out our guide for starting and running your own blacksmith's business.

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Cheese maker

Products like speciality cheeses have become very popular with 'foodies', who are prepared to pay more for unusual food items that aren't widely available. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own cheese making business.

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Clothing manufacturer

Recent market trends have benefited UK clothing manufacturers as many large retailers have 'reshored' all or part of their product sourcing. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own clothes manufacturing business.

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Factory based

Manufacturing businesses in the UK produce a wide range of products. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own manufacturing business.

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Food manufacturer

Food manufacturers produce a huge range of goods, from speciality items sold through independent delicatessens to everyday products sold in supermarkets. Our guide will help you start up and run your own food manufacturing business.

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Furniture maker

Furniture makers may work on a small scale creating bespoke pieces for domestic customers or a larger scale mass-producing items to be sold through retailers. Our guide will help you start up and run your own furniture making business.

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Ice cream manufacturer

Ice cream manufacturers may sell direct to the customer through their own parlours or ice cream vans or they may only sell through retailers. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own ice cream manufacturing business.

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Jewellery maker

Jewellery makers are skilled craftspeople with a passion for creating bespoke pieces from precious metals and gemstones. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own jewellery making business.

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Pottery

Good artistic, design and practical skills are essential if you want to set up a pottery. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own business in our practical guide.

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Printer

You'll need to be trained and experienced - in traditional and digital printing methods - if you want to set up as a commercial printer. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own printing business.

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Rural crafts

Thinking of running a shop selling craft objects like ceramics or handmade leather bags? Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own rural crafts business.