Where have you been?

Pippin Sidney Bradshaw

Our new addition (image thanks to Dorrington Photography)

We have been getting a few emails recently asking where we have been for the last 4-5 weeks. We are normally quite good at getting a blog post up at least weekly but, it is true, we have had a brief hiatus. The reason for this was the birth of our 2nd son.

Pippin Sidney Bradshaw was born (made in Britain) in the 19th of December weighing in at a whooping 10lbs. As you can imagine this put our plans on hold and focused our attentions elsewhere. Things that we normally like to do over the festive period, like our regular British made Christmas gift guide and associated press stuff, were left by the wayside as we adjusted to this new addition to our family.

Now that the initial pressure of this event has, somewhat, passed we are ready to make our plans for 2016.

We have taken some stock of our efforts over the Christmas period and have decided that, with some regret, we cannot continue with the British Family Fayre into 2016. It was a tough decision, and while we anticipated the 4th year being the biggest and best yet, we simply cannot maintain the effort needed to put on such a huge event. Lincoln West, who have helped us with this event from the start and kindly donated their time for free to it’s organisation have been wonderful but agree that it is no longer tenable to continue. We will instead focus our efforts on developing Britipedia (still the largest business verified directory of British manufactures).

It also has to be said that our enthusiasm for courting the press has long since waned and as such we will not be doing anything with the press for the foreseeable future. It was a fun ride but the novelty of notoriety has worn off.

Some will see this as a general scaling back of our ‘backing British’ efforts. However, this year will see us make the transition from promoting British manufacturing to become a manufacturer ourselves. James has spent the last 6 months developing a range of leather goods and accessories, as well as business plans, branding and funding to launch a fully fledged British manufacturing business. It is anticipated the fruits of his labours will be in selected retail outlets by the end of this year. More information on this as we know more.

On the upside, we are committed to maintaining this blog and normal service will resume in that regard from henceforth. We have also long had ambitions to create more video content and so 2016 will, hopefully, be the year that the British Family hone their presenting skills.

Emily, James, Lucan and Pippin Bradshaw


  1. Warm wishes on your new addition to the Bradshaw family and all the best for your future plans.

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  2. Steve B-W says

    Congratulations! What a great way to start 2016.

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  3. Huge congratulations on the birth of your son.. No more sleep for you guys for a while. Could you drop me an email as we woudl be very interested in stocking James’s leather goods. We only sell British made and its hard finding good suppliers. sales@englishcowhidecompany.co.uk
    Many Thanks

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  4. Gorgeous picture of little Pippin having a well deserved nap! adorable.x

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  5. loraine says

    Congratulations, and best wishes to you and both your sons. Gorgeous photo. Completely understand that it takes an awful lot of time and effort to run the fayre, maybe in the future it may be possible to run again.

    good luck with your leather business

    regards loraine

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  6. Dawn Smith says

    When I press “go to directory” on the Britipedia page nothing happens.

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