The story of Tiny Marketplace





Rewind back to 2020 - a year we all hope to forget! Covid-19 hit the UK causing lockdowns and isolations everywhere, as i'm sure you don't need reminding - but from a business side of things - Tiny Box Company hit new heights. Of course, that wasn't the case for other businesses. Which is where the idea for Tiny Market Place came from.


Most of Tiny Box Company customers are other businesses, looking for packaging solutions. So if our customers go under... so do we. And with Covid-19 causing redundancies and the UK's GDP declining by 9.8% in 2020, this was now a realistic concern of ours.

(2) "Mass layoffs and closures had already occurred—just a few weeks into the crisis."

So, we had to come up with a solution to help these businesses, but with more than just packaging. And so, Tiny Marketplace was born.


 

What is Tiny Marketplace?


Tiny Marketplace is the idea of a one-stop-shop for hand crafted gifts, bespoke branding, packaging, business advice and dispatch aimed at makers and crafters.


Customers can find all of the businesses that hold the same values as Tiny Box Company, eco-conscious and ethically minded, in one place - hand picked by us. We can support makers and creators with everything; design, branding, packaging, marketing, photography and dispatch - leaving them to focus on what they do best, create! For makers that don’t have the marketing know how, advertising budget or time - we have the in house skills to get them noticed, give them valuable advice and get their products sold.


We also donate 10% of net profits from Tiny Marketplace to help startups grow and small businesses bounce back from the Covid pandemic. We want to help ignite the creative industry again and support UK hand-made items after the pandemic.



How does it work?


Our sellers pick from one of our three package bands, Bronze, Silver or Gold. All of our packages offer a level of one to one support, business advice and auditing to help your business grow. Choose between “You've Got This”, “Dynamic Duo” and “We'll do the Rest”. No robots, just real people. Find out more about the services we can offer your growing business here


All our sellers are handpicked for their talent and creativity, not only that, we offer help with photography, marketing and even dispatch to help the maker do what they do best, leaving the rest to us. Sellers can easily create their own Marketplace account, track all your orders and earnings with a click of a button. By buying handmade gifts from our sellers, you are supporting the UK small business industry, keeping the maker community alive. We offer a free Tiny Clinic to help our sellers navigate through the set up and add their products to the site. Each seller also gets their own page about them and their business, check out an example of one of our sellers pages here



We are currently working on our social media platforms, so give us a follow to keep updated!






 

Tiny Marketplace in a nut shell:


  • The marketplace of ordinary people making extraordinary handmade and crafted gifts and treats.

  • Handpicked the small and extraordinary makers around the UK to provide you with unique gifts that have been crafted with love perfect for birthday gifts, DIY gifts for a friend or loved one, or a treat for yourself.

  • Not only can you discover beautiful products here, but we donate 10% of all net profits to small businesses to help them bounce back from the pandemic and keep the community of makers alive.

  • We provide sellers with the business support they need to help their businesses grow, sell their items and flourish with the help of our free Tiny Clinic. If you are interested in a clinic, please click here

  • Browse our selection of items to start discovering beautiful handmade gifts all made by independent makers in the UK.



 

But what about the customers?


Our sellers on Tiny Marketplace are all very important to us, and of course understand customer needs as some of them are customers themselves, of Tiny Box Company. So they appreciate that the customer should come first in any business. The customer benefits from buying from Tiny Marketplace just as much as a seller benefits from the sale - just in different ways.


By buying from Tiny Marketplace, you are promised:


  • Handmade UK based products

  • Free shipping

  • 10% of net profits donated to charity


So what are you waiting for? Looking for gifts or looking to become a seller - head to Tiny Marketplace! Or find out more here



 

(1) https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8866/#:~:text=GDP%20declined%20by%209.8%25%20in,two%20months%20earlier%20in%20February.

(2) https://www.pnas.org/content/117/30/17656

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