Best of British showcased

Preston hosted the Buy British event at the weekend.
Preston hosted the Buy British event at the weekend.
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The second annual Buy British Day was held this weekend, showcasing brands and businesses that design and manufacture in Britain.

Preston hosted the only mini Best of Britannia pop-up events outside London, in the city’s Fishergate shopping centre and on the train station concourse.

The Buy British event returned to the city after the success of a similar event earlier this year.

The Buy British event returned to the city after the success of a similar event earlier this year.

The event returned to the city following the success of a similar event earlier this year, and was described as a “real credit” to Preston.

Leader of Preston Council, Coun Peter Rankin, said: “It’s an offshoot of the Best of Britannia and it came as a result of the very successful exhibition earlier this year in the old Post Office building. The organisers wanted a mini variation and where better than the station to promote Lancashire goods.

“It’s the busiest railway station in the North West outside Manchester so it’s ideal.

“Having talked to the organisers, they are coming back to Preston in March for Best of Britannia so it’s a real compliment to Preston, it was such a successful event last time.

Buy British has been described as a "real credit" to Preston.

Buy British has been described as a "real credit" to Preston.

“It’s the only one outside London so it’s a real credit to Preston that they want to come back.”

The event took place in Preston, as well as London’s King’s Cross, teaming up with Wayne Hemingway’s The Classic Car Boot Sale in Granary Square.

The pop-up events were hoped to encourage customers to support businesses that design and create in the UK.

It allowed visitors to buy British-made goods, directly from the manufacturers themselves.

Brands exhibiting included the Leather Satchel Company, Knitwear by The Shepherdess, Ayni Chocolate, Shirley’s Pie’s, Katie King Design homeware, Swarm Design home textiles and Carradice bike-bags.