Those that follow our blog will know that one if the things that I have found painful finding made in Britain is tools, of any sort. Remarkably, for me, I have gone without restocking my workshop/man-cave/shed for all of this time… until this weekend. I needed some new g-clamps for holding some of the leather work I am currently producing and selling through Folksy. Not expecting to find anything, I spent a whole evening trawling the net and eventually found Linic (http://www.linic.co.uk). They make small moulded plastic tools and accessories, including a range of clamps. I bought 6 different sized clamps for just £5, which is pretty good value. Yes, the clamps are pretty light-weight but they are perfect for what I am going to use them for.
One thing to note though is that this business suffers from the same level of poor marketing that I am becoming all to accustomed to seeing. I found them only after about 3 hours of trawling the net for them, they sell only through Ebay (I had to call them) and their website is like it was built in 1992. I see these issues all too often and am genuinely tempted to call them and say that I will sort these issues out for them. As a professional marketing-guy I would do it for free, it annoys me that much!
Anyway, I have now had my fix of tool buying for now, but it will not be long before I need another hit.
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