BRITISH RETAIL - DONE DIFFERENTLY
British retail is evolving. It had to. The old days of selling at marginal trade prices or selling through shops that take a hefty commission are being replaced by new forms of cooperative retailing. This is probably the most positive thing to happen to the retail industry in recent years.
Cooperative retailing is creative and collaborative in nature and involves multiple parties sharing their ideas, costs, and risks of running a physical shop. That simply means less risk and more shared success for everyone involved.
Cooperative retail allows all types of small businesses, designers, artisans, and start-ups, no matter how big or small, to share knowledge, share resources and combine efforts to achieve more. Working together, across multiple platforms, forms a bigger voice in the marketplace and ultimately creates a much bigger buzz and a stronger chance of success in a competitive retail climate.
Since 2010, Things British has provided a platform for selling products and gifts made in Great Britain in a physical retail environment. We call it a platform but the physical retail shops are only one of the channels we provide. We have opportunities for more. There is the free online shop service, featured articles about our partners, outside trading events, paid advertising and marketing efforts which have all been supportively successful. We are a social brand in that we want to constantly work with our partners to help push their brands and their products. Think of us as the gateway to that bigger world of retail.
MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN
Your products should be of high retail quality and legally allowed to be sold both in our shops or online. We cannot accept products that are produced, manufactured or assembled in any way outside Britain. We do however allow products to be made from materials that are not readily available here.
From glass to ceramics, jewellery to artwork, clothing to toys, souvenirs to gifts - to almost anything made here in Britain - we showcase and curate your products in a low-risk, professional and supportive retail environment. We carry products made by small businesses (who supply retailers all across Britain and beyond), professional artisans and our nation of fantastic hobbyist makers.
So if you are looking for an opportunity to sell new products - test the market, or looking for a more permanent venue, then Things British is for you.
RETAIL SPACE RENTAL
You need retail space. Rather than rent a whole shop, whether permanently, or on a pop-up basis, Things British lets you rent shared space in our own shops to merchandise and brand however you like (subject to a few merchandising guidelines). From ceramics to toys, jewellery to glass, metalwork to textiles - we have ready-made space to suit most products. Our shelving, neutral is design, is great for general merchandise and can be expanded vertically to great a larger space. All our shelving easily converts to hanging space for garments.
Our short-term rental contract provides you with a share of an exciting brick-and-mortar retail environment where you are assigned your own choice of dedicated space. We provide the staff to manage the shops and tend to your customers so you are not expected to spend any time there - leaving you to run and grow your business. We track your stock levels and daily sales for you electronically using our central server. Our monthly sales remittance report details exactly what has been sold for the month and exactly what you have been paid for.
What I need is space in a retail shop to sell my work - in a great location. Not the whole shop - just part of it. A few shelves and hanging space and some items in the window. I only need space for a few weeks, months or a year to see how it goes.
I need a permanent location - not a pop-up venue - but I don't want any long-term commitments or risk. I want to be paid the full retail price for everything sold and I don't want to pay any commission. I am busy making things and running my business. I haven't got time to be there so I want you to run and manage everything for me.
I want access to detailed sales and stock reports. I want these reports sending to me daily. What are my best sellers? What did I sell each day? What stock do I have left? What replenishment stock do I need to send?
HOW LONG CAN I RENT SPACE FOR?
Our minimum rental period is just 6 weeks (42 days). No matter how many weeks your rental is, the prices for the various spaces are the same (before your loyalty discount).
Renting for a period longer than 12 weeks, however, gives you some important benefits, such as making use of the store room to keep replenishment (spare) stock. This lets you have 10 items on your shelf, for example, and another 10 items kept in our store room. As the items sell from your space the shop assistant will take your spare (store room) stock and place it in your rented space. You will aim to keep your spare stock topped up. Renting for less than 12 weeks does not give the facility for spare (store room) stock so all your stock must be placed on your rented space and you will replenish as needed.
By renting for at least 12 weeks you can also request to receive our weekly report on additional days of the week (including daily) allowing you to avoid running out of top selling lines. Our standard reports are sent out once per week on a Sunday evening.
No matter how long you rent with us, you will get a monthly sales remittance, up to 999 free products listings on our website, ability to rent multiple spaces, no sales commission, able to replenish your stock anytime and to renew your rental multiple times.
A rental of up to 8 weeks is paid to us weekly, otherwise, it is paid to us every 28 days.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT SPACE?
The price to rent space depends on the type of space and the location of the shop.
Click on a shop to see images, descriptions and prices of the various spaces available to rent.
COLLABORATIVE RETAIL - THE BENEFITS
HOW DO I JOIN?
Joining Things British is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.
To learn more about you and your products we ask you to make sure you are not already logged into our site (log out first), then to complete our registration form. Information from the form is then used to create your account. Once submitted you will receive a welcome email (and a text) to let you know your account has been created. This usually happens the next day.
That's it. You'll now have access to our rental booking system to rent your space. Once your space is rented you will need to write product codes and prices on your products ready for sale. Full detailed instructions are given once your rental is confirmed. If our detailed FAQ doesn't answer any questions you have, then please give us a call or drop us an email. Details at the bottom of our website.
We hope you are as excited as us to see your products in a Things British shop very soon.
Thx, Things British.
COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM
We'll create your account and grant you access to the rental system to book your space. You won't be able to complete the form if you are already logged in.