Now that some days have past since 51.9% of the non-disqualifed votes favoured for leave. Here at Shonk HQ we are having a difficult time comprehending the events that have unfolded ever since the announcement of the referendum. However, pragmatic, forward thinking members of both campaigns are now calling for us to unite and work together.
Recently The Shonk has noticed a number of images, slogans and encouraging messages across social media encouraging the population to ‘buy British’ in order to support our currently collapsing economy.
In a bit to ’embrace’ anything in this absolute clusterfuck of politics we have compiled a handy list of companies that you should avoid if you wish to honour ‘buying British’. It is buy no means extensive, but you can head over to Companies House and look up ever registered British Company that exists. With regards to PLCs chances are that there are shareholders all over the world so we’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not they are British enough. Also, you must consider that although a company is British, the products that they sell may be brought in from other countries.
Companies that are not British:
Asda (Supermarket Chain): Founded in Leads in 1949 as Assosiated Dairies, Asda is now owned by American Multinational conglomerate and biggest company in the world Wallmart. Sells British & Non British goods.
Aldi (Supermarket Chain): Established in Germany in 1913. Sells British & Non British goods.
Amazon (Online retail): American Corporation established in 1994
Apple (Computers, Electronics): Established in 1976 in California.
Audi (motcars): Founded in Ingolstadt Germany
Axa(Insurance, Health plans): French company since 1817
Banco Santander (Bank): Spanish bank since 1857
BASF (Chemicals): German owned since 1865
Bayer: Pharmaceuticals, German Corporation since 1863
Bosch (Powertools): German owned since 1886
BMW (Motorcars): Founded in Munich in 1916
BP (Oil & Petroleum): Owned by American Multinational Amoco.
Burger King (Fast food outlet): American conglomerate founded 1954
Cadbury’s (Confectionery): Established in Birmingham UK in 1824 now owned by American Conglomerate Mondelez International.
Coty Inc (Cosmetics): American company founded in Paris, owners of Body Care
Credit Suisse (Banking): Founded in Sweden 1856
Danone (Food, dairy, nutrition): Established in 1919 in Paris.
Disney Store: American company and HQ based in US.
Ebay: American owned, established 1995
E.ON (Energy company): German company since 2000
Ericsson (Electronics, Cellphones): Founded in Sweden 1876
Exxon Mobile (Oil & Petroleum): American Conglomerate, owners of Esso.
Facebook (Social Media Site): Established in US in 2004: Subsidaries include Oculus VR, Instagram & Whatsapp.
Fat Face (Clothing & Accessories): Founded in France 1988
Fiat (Motorcars): Italian owned since 1899
Ford (Motorcars): Founded in Michigan in 1903
Gap (Clothing): Founded in US 1969
General Mills (See diagram for brands): American Multinational.
Gulf Oils (Oil & Petroleum): Multinational.
H&M (Clothing & Accesories): Swedish company founded in 1947
Heineken (Beer): Founded in The Netherlands 1864
Hoffman-La-Roche: Pharmaceuticals Switzerland Corporation since 1896
Ikea (Furniture): Swedish company, founded 1943
Kelloggs (Cereal, see diagram for brands): An American conglomerate.
KFC (Fast food outlet): American corporation founded 1930
Land Rover (Motorcars): Established in 1924 in Whitley, Coventry. Now owned by Indian motorcar company Tata motors.
Lidl (Supermarket chain): Established in Germany in 1930. Sells British & Non British goods.
Kinder (Confectionery): Italian owned, German produced.
Jaguar (Motorcars): Established in 1922 in Blackpool and now owned by Indian motorcar company Tata Motors.
Mosanto (Chemicals & Death): (be wary of local produce using foreign pesticides) American conglomerate founded in 1901.
Mars Corp (See list of brands): Established in 1911 in US – owns Wrigley.
Michelin (Tyres): Founded in France 1889
Microsoft (software): Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, US. A global corporation.
New Look (clothing & Accessories): South African owned by Brait SA
Nestle (See diagram for brands): Established in Switzerland in 1905
Nokia (Electronics,Tech): Finnish company since 1871
Orange (Telecommunications): French owned (owned by French Government & people) founded 1988
Novartis (pharmaceutical): Switzerland company since 1996
O2 (Telecommunications): Owned by Spanish firm Telefonica.
Pepsico (See diagram for brands): Established in US in 1999.
Perfume Shop, The (Perfumes, cosmetics): Owned by Hong Kong Corporation AS Watson
Philips (Tech,electronics): Founded Netherlands 1891
Pizza Hut (Pizzas,obviously): American multinational founded 1958
Primark (Clothing & Assessories): Established in ROI, operates across Europe.
Renault (Motorcars): French company since 1899
Siemens (Engineering, Tech): German owned since 1847
Shell Oil (Oil & Petroleum): Established in The Phillipines.
Smyths (Toys): Formed in R.O.I
Sony (Electronics, entertainment, technology, gaming): Japanese Multinational
Starbucks (Really bitter coffee): American owned, established 1971
Super Drug: Owned by Hong Kong Corporation AS Watson.
Thorntons (confectionery): Owned by Italian Firm Ferrero, makers of Forrero Roche.
TK Maxx (clothing, lifestyle,living): American Conglomerate, operates across Europe.
Toshiba (Technology, electronics): Japanese Corporation
Total (Oils & Petroleum): French owned since 1924
Toys R Us (Toy retail outlet): American Conglomerate
Twitter (Social media site): Established in 2006 in US.
Unilever (See diagram): Established in London, Rotterdam and Netherlands.
Veolia (Enrivornmental, trasport,technology): Founded in France 1853
Volkswagon (Motorcars): German company since 1937
Volvo (Motorcars): Founded in Sweden 1927
White Stuff (Fashion & Lifestyle): Founded in France 1985
Youtube (Online video sharing site): Established in US in 2005.
Zurich Insurance: Switzerland company since 1872