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About Urban Cottage Industries
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We are the UK's leading manufacturer and supplier of vintage style lighting and print products. We do not resell through other outlets and most of our products are only available via our own websites. We are a large, dependable team. We carry huge quantities of stock, available on a next day basis as standard. As illustrated by our extraordinary client list, top dogs in the UK and around the world depend on our unique products and legendary service.
Our business started life in 2007 on a kitchen table in east London, selling grubby lighting salvage via online auctions. We became expert at the tiny details of authenticity. As we've grown we've been able to track down people and factories in the UK and Europe who are still able to make products using the skills and materials of the originals.
Vintage linotype print, letterpress and typography is our second love. In 2011 we secured a future for the UK's largest collection of linotype machinery and the people who make it work. We moved both parts of the business - light and print - to a disused trouser factory in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. The marriage of print and light - and printers and lighters - has been more successful than we could have hoped.
The rapid growth of Urban Cottage Industries has been made possible by the extraordinary demand for our products, our groundbreaking customer service and the imagination and commitment of our employees. Most orders (including individually personalised print) received before 11AM each day are made, packed and shipped the same day.
We've pioneered technology that integrates ancient machinery / techniques (and people!) with a state-of-the-art web and WMS back end. Our web, email and IM communication platforms are a dream and are how we talk to customers, suppliers, press and each other. Our technology enables us to move quickly and with great momentum - we launch a new product more often than every week and we create a completely new full time position every 3 weeks.
Our growth has been organic we have no external investment or investors to satisfy. This has allowed us to run the business according to certain principles. These principles are important to us and we want to take a moment to explain some of them here.
Almost all our products are made by us in the UK or sourced by us from the UK or EU. We only import products or components from outside the EU where we cannot find them within the EU. If we have to source from outside the EU, the country of origin is made clear on our website.
We make the products ourselves or source from the EU because it means we can be sure:
We agree with - and are members of - the Living Wage Foundation (www.livingwage.org.uk). Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. None of our employees are paid below the living wage. We have no agency staff, no temporary staff and no staff on zero-hours contracts. We follow ACAS guidance on improving working life through better employment relations. On top of a rock solid employment contract, our employees benefit from the security of a stake in the equity of our company and a share in it's annual profits.
OUR TAX AFFAIRS:
Our business relies on a stable and successful society. Our directors, our employees and their families rely on publicly funded health, education, social services and transport. For sure, we do not agree with every item of public spending, but that does not justify tax avoidance. Urban Cottage Industries Ltd is incorporated and domiciled in the UK. All our shareholders, directors and employees are domiciled in the UK. There are no holding companies or subsidiaries. All profits and income are subject to UK taxation
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