ABOUT THINGS BRITISH
Things British was created to support and promote a community – a thriving network of designer makers and creative businesses from all corners of Britain. From ceramics to furniture, jewellery to glass, metalwork to textiles - our partners played a massive role in the social, cultural and artistic history of Britain. For centuries Britain was a nation of makers and society was built around such skills. In these modern times, however, life is very different indeed.
Few people today can say that they possess the skills required to make even a basic necessity in life, let alone any niceties.
Practical making skills that formed the basic fabric of our society are disappearing and have all but been replaced by mass production and a society where a "disposable" attitude had become almost standard. It is only in recent times that people have started to think seriously about reviving and preserving these skills - before they are lost forever.
Out of a population of more than 60 million people, less than 0.01% professionally practice making skills today.
Our partners are a part of our culture and society that need to be recognised and celebrated. British creativity has started to grow and bloom over the last few years. Things British aims to help support, nurture and preserve British manufacturing skills and jobs and to celebrate our ever-evolving British cultural society. Things British is an innovative, contemporary new business designed from the start to help and support British businesses by providing a much-needed network of retail shops and support.
Things British aims to become the largest retail brand destination for gifts made in Britain, unique and special, backed by an appreciation from the public that eagerly wants to support and buy British.
Darrell & Lennie, co-founders.
Atsura Ltd is born
Planning and logo
Location for the first shop
Kingly Court shop lease signed
First ever product sold
On 1st September 2011 the first ever product was sold at a Things British shop - a Polaris & Swarovski Crystallized Bracelet, by DMS Designs. The first of many to come.
Launch of online shopping
Our online shopping option was launched today, allowing our partners to log in and create their very own shopping portal to sell their products. The first product to sell via our online shop was a handmade black and brown leather iPhone sleeve by Ruby and Freddies.
St Pancras shop opens
Today the number of retail shops we have has DOUBLED. From 1 to 2! On 1st October 2013, after months of negotiation, paperwork, rules and many, many headaches, our second shop opened at the amazing St Pancras International Station. This was a new shop located upstairs on the Grand Terrace and at around three times the size of our first shop was noticeably bigger. After a few more headaches, rules, and even more paperwork, the shop opened with products from 38 different artisan makers which grew to over 140 by Xmas. The first product sold at this shop was a Cambridge Blue Teacup & Saucer by Sarah Smith.
Kingly Court shop relocated
London Greenwich shop opens
Yet another fantastic location. Our third shop opened on 15th September 2014 on Turnpin Lane in Royal Greenwich and became the replacement for our dearly missed Kingly Court shop. The first ever product sold at this location was a Victoria Sponge Tea Towel by Rock Bakehouse.
Our A-board on Eastenders!
Did you spot the Things British A-board on Eastenders? We did! They filmed these scenes about 6 weeks ago and we have been watching each episode until we spotted it - and there it was.
St Pancras shop lease extended
Launch of revamped website
A revised look to our website was launched today. After over a year of coding and tinkering we are able to offer our makers even more collaborative retailing options, and our shoppers a slicker and easier shopping experience. The first product to sell via our new look website was a Gold dipped Druzy Geode Agate slice and Amethyst crystal point necklace with Fold Filled chain by Luxiere.
Chatham Dockside shop opens
It's great having shops in London but it's time to start to expand our presence outside of the capital. We are pleased to announce our latest shop is now open at the wonderful Chatham Dockside in North Kent. The first product to sell at this shop was a Tibetan Agate, Lava Stone and Chrysocolla Bracelet by Sarah Beevers Jewellery Design.