It has been more than two decades since the UK first became a hub for the world of home and kitchenware making.
But the first UK kitchenware manufacturing factory is set to open this weekend in a small town in the west Midlands, making it the first ever shop in the UK to do so.
The company is based in the village of Dixham, which is near Dixington in the Wirral county.
The factory will employ 50 people, most of whom will be local residents, according to its website.
The local branch of the company, called the DixHam Factory, is part of a wider initiative aimed at boosting the local economy.
The project is being funded by the Witherstone Trust, which supports local businesses, and will see the company produce some of the products it is selling to customers.
The business also sells a range of home goods and other household items, according the website.
BBC News visited the factory this week and met with a team of employees who are currently working on the project.
We spoke to one of the workers, who said he had been working on building a kitchen table for the past five years and was working on an electric kettle to supply it to his neighbours.
The worker said he was excited to be able to work at the factory and was excited about the future.
“I think the most important thing is that it’s going to be here and the future of the town,” he said.
The Witherstones Trust is a charitable organisation which supports the business and local businesses.
Its chairman, Mike Trew, said the project was an “important milestone” in the development of the village.
“They’re going to come together to do the next generation of jobs.””
It’s the right thing to do. “
They’re going to come together to do the next generation of jobs.”
It’s the right thing to do.
I think we’re all really fortunate that the village has embraced the whole thing.
“The village has a strong tradition of food-making and cooking, and the Dichters were known for their unique style of home cooking.
“It’s about making the right food at the right time.” “
There’s a great history here and it’s really important to us that we continue to be connected with that heritage,” he added.
“It’s about making the right food at the right time.”
He said the Ditchley Village was keen to work with the factory to “build a strong, sustainable local economy”.
“We’re really excited to get the business going and bring the community together and create something that can really help the town grow,” he explained.