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MADE IN BRITAIN


of conversation amongst families, friends and colleagues, making headlines and causing general confusion amongst the public over the last three years, DIY Week spoke to manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in the industry to get to the crux of what businesses are really doing in preparation and lead up to Brexit. What More UK director, Tony Grimshaw says the company exports to 72 countries around the world, “the total population of those countries is over 4.7 billion. We manufacture over 5.5 million pieces a month, so a little warning would be welcome,” he says. Tony continues: “Brexit, well that falls into the same category as raw material prices, power costs, legislation


I changes, 18 DIY WEEK 10 MAY 2019 with hangovers and the weather.


n June 2016 the UK


voted in a


referendum to leave the European Union, being the controversial topic


“BEIJING OR BURNLEY?”


Leaving the economic and political partnership of the European Union has seen the public uncertain over the outcome of Brexit in the last few years; however investment and preparation has given the industry confidence in continued growth for the DIY, garden and home improvement sector. Kiran Grewal reports.


customers


It’s outside our control. If 650 MPs at Westminster and 751 MEPs in Europe along with God only knows how many civil servants and the unelected Eurocrats can’t sort it out, the 245 colleagues at What More treat it as just another managed problem. We have several contingency plans and we hope one


fits the end game, whenever the end game is reached. Like most people we hope that is soon, so we can get at it.


One of the greatest appeals of


Brexit was the focus into keeping British made manufacturing and trading within the United Kingdom, and according to the


think-tank Centre for Cities, about 46% of exports from British urban centres go to the EU, while 15% go to the US and only 4% go to China. After Brexit this will surely change, but Tony thinks retailers had already noticed the worth of British manufactured products well before the referendum. “We


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