Multichannel retailer John Lewis has announced its new ‘Locally Made’ initiative that supports local UK suppliers and manufacturers.
Officially launching at its Leeds branch when it opens on 20 October 2016, John Lewis plans to stock over 120 products from 11 local Yorkshire suppliers.
Over the next few months, John Lewis shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff will also increase their range of locally made products, followed by new shops opening next year in Oxford and Westfield London.
The project is in partnership with Harrogate-based The Great British Exchange (GBE) which launched in 2014 and sources artisanal products from new designers, established makers, independent businesses and British-based factories from across the UK.
John Lewis own-brand furnishing fabrics, duvets, pillows are manufactured at its own textiles mill, Herbert Parkinson, founded in 1934 in Lancashire.
Anna Rigby, head of buying for Home Accessories and Gifts at John Lewis, said: “Our Made Locally campaign will help us strengthen our existing local supplier base and inevitably champion more British designers and manufacturers.”
Matthew Hopkins, managing director at The Great British Exchange, said: “I’m very proud of our partnership with John Lewis, which creates fantastic ongoing opportunities for more locally sourced products to be sold in one of the UK’s most prestigious retailers.”