Great British Store
The GreatBritishStore.com is a new service we are offering to UK companies as part of the First Time Exporter package and will be a customer journey option as part of the Exporting is Great campaign launched the Autumn.
It sits alongside other private sector digital interventions like Export Savvy (Export Training) and Open to Export. I would be grateful for your help in introducing this new service to your member companies, both buyers and sellers.
What is the Great British Store?
The GBS is a collaboration between GreatBritishStore.com and UKTI. GBS is a UK based SME run by Nick Lewis and Mark Lesniak; Nick is a serial entrepreneur and Mark a marketing expert. Following a UKTI market visit to Sweden, Nick and Mark approached UKTI about the possibility of creating an interface/portal that would enable small business to business producers of UK goods and services to present their products to independent retailers, buyers and agents overseas (UK buyers are also welcome). UKTI teams overseas are introducing the site to overseas buyers.
The store provides a portal for SMEs to list a number of their UK designed and or produced goods and services. It is specifically aimed at the Business to Business market and not intended to compete with the numerous B2C websites available to sell goods and services direct to customers.
UK companies pay £199 for a 1 year registration, the site is free for buyers and there are no transaction costs. As currently configured, buyers who are interested in a product are able to click through or send a direct message to the seller. Further development of the service is likely to include full buyer/seller support including a fulfilment service.
You can view the Beta version of the site at GreatBritishStore.com – there are already a number of buyers and sellers registered on the site.
What would we like you to do?
The site is multi-sector and we would be grateful if you could make its existence know to your members .Seller registration is supported by the staff at GBS to make it as smooth as possible for companies. The site will be curated to ensure the quality of photographs and descriptions are maintained. The Buyer registration process is light (takes a few minutes) and free, buyers who identify the types of products and services they are interested in will be informed as new products that meet their requirements are launched on the store.
The site will be formally launched at the Autumn Fair at the Birmingham NEC on 6 September.
Please view flyer below:
We are also planning a series of Webinars over the next few months to explain the workings of the store. If you require further information please contact either Mark@greatbritishstore.com or Nick@greatbritishstore.com they would be delighted to speak to you.