Why we are doing this

Over the past thirty years or so, retail buyers in Britain have gradually moved their product sourcing to the Far East, to obtain cheaper and often poorer quality alternatives. We have become increasingly dismayed by labelling intended to give the ‘impression’ that these products are still being made in Britain. Typical misleading phases used by many iconic brands include: “Designed in Britain“, “British Heritage”, “Great British Design”, “British Innovation”.

Great Britain has a global reputation for excellence in innovation, design and manufacturing. We intend on being this country’s biggest and best known shop window to the world.

We’re not just a website

We strongly believe in traditional bricks and mortar stores that compliment our web presence. Discerning customers like to see what they are buying, to feel the quality and to make the right purchase guided by knowledgeable personal advice. Our stores will be inviting, fresh and welcoming, not old-fashioned, stuffy and exclusive.

Our comprehensive ecommerce website will promote the full range of products available in our stores plus many more that we do not have room to physically display. We are committed to providing excellent customer service both in-store and online with easily accessed telephone assistance.

First Store
Now Open

We are delighted to announce the opening of our first store, located at Bakewell, in the heart of Derbyshire.

Join us at Bridge Street, Bakewell, for a wide range of quality British designed and produced gifts and homeware. Our ranges showcase both traditional heritage and inspired contemporary designers.

Inviting, fresh and personable. From a quirky keyring to hand engraved lead crystal, the British Emporium is ready to welcome you to a new shopping experience.

The British Emporium,
Bridge St, Bakewell
DE45 1DS
Katie Cardew
The Somerset Toiletry Co
The Stamford Notebook Co
Green & Heath

Quality Products

We believe in the skills of the people of Great Britain and we love the quality products that they produce. From long established household names, though emerging new manufacturers to individual craft producers.

We will stock enticing ranges, not only reflecting our colourful heritage and wonderful traditions but also exciting new lines which showcase the best in contemporary design.

Our products will be well made, made in Great Britain and at all price points. From a humble pencil to a handmade designer watch, there will be something for everyone.

Partner with us

We are seeking to nurture mutually beneficial long-term relationships with suppliers and landlords.

We are particularly interested in companies that can make white label products. We will be developing our own unique British Emporium brand displaying the values and quality of Great British product.

We are therefore interested in talking to artists, illustrators, product designers and manufacturers to commission exclusive ranges.

If you are interested in working with us and would like more details, please contact: buying@thebritishemporium.com

We’re Hiring Exceptional People

Our business is only as good as the people who work in it. If you like what we are doing and have a passion for quality, service and British manufacturers, then contact us. At this moment in time we are particularly interested in talking to people who have skills in ecommerce, buying and product development.

Initially our offices will be based at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria and Bakewell in Derbyshire. As our stores develop we will be looking for excellent staff at a number of key locations.



Concern for the world we live in should be an integral part of every business. We believe in paying that little bit more for something that lasts. Good design combined with quality materials results in products that stand the test of time. Our guiding principles are: longevity, ethical practice and local manufacturing.