Alternative way to set up business

Holly TuckerSince its 2006 launch, has injected £200 million into the UK economy by giving a platform for small and kitchen-table start-ups to grow their own successful businesses and have just announced its first six small UK businesses set to turnover over £1m on the site by the end of 2013.

The six businesses are: Posh Totty Designs Boutique in Brighton, Highland Angel from Edinburgh which makes jewellery and gifts, The Letteroom, a boutique selling stylised alphabet letter in Andover, Letterfest from Devon, a personalised gift company selling prints and photographs, jewellery makers Lily Belle from Surrey and Hersey Silversmiths from London which manufactures silver tableware and jewellery.

Holly Tucker MBE – CEO and Founder of joins us in this podcast:

As one of the most high profile e-commerce businesses in the UK, the site hosts over 4,000 independent small UK businesses through a single checkout. Each partner is carefully chosen by for its innovative, well-made products to inspire shoppers looking for style, originality and quality, and its support of small businesses shows no sign of slowing: is signing up new small business partners at a rate of 20 per week

80 percent of’s small business partners are female-run’s small businesses combined sell over 100,000 products through the site

Known for bespoke products, receives an order for a personalised gift every 20 seconds

  • The site is visited by an average of around 2m unique visitors each month
  • is expected 400,000 site visits on Small Business Saturday just prior to Christmas is having a regional drive to let consumers know who their local small business are, emailing customers in key UK regions to showcase their partner businesses in these areas and encourage people to ‘shop local.’

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