Name: Music Magpie The Place: Up North. Founded in Stockport, with warehouses located in Macclesfield, but basically it’s a digital story through and through. The Story: Cast your mind back into the mists of time. Yes: Back to the financial crash of 2007/8. Yes: Back to when mortgage defaults were beginning to bite. Yes. Back…

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Brought to you by Retail Insider and PCMS The Name: Rocket Gardens The Place: The headquarters are in Cornwall and up to 25 staff grow plants there but the retailing is done online. The Story: The motto of this company could be ‘River Cottage – it looks good but do you really have the time,…

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Brought to you by Retail Insider and PCMS The Name: Card Factory The Place: Around 650 shops all over the UK and headquartered in thrifty Yorkshire.The Story: Thrifty is the key word here – as it says on Card Factory bags “If it’s the thought that counts, why do others charge so much.”  In 1997 Dean…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: Just Eat The Place: Headquartered in London but operating in 13 countries. The Story: So, we’re in Denmark and the year is 2001. And a company is launched which allows a hungry person to order a takeaway online after viewing a menu online and the thing…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: Lush The Place: Headquartered in Poole, Dorset, but with 860 shops around the world. The Story: In 1995 a couple, Mark and Mo Constantine, who had spent years making beauty products for The Body Shop set up their own company and they called it Lush. And…

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  Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: Lovehoney   The Place:Well, it’s basically an online business but there is a shop in London, WC2 under the Coco de Mer brand, which Lovehoney recently bought.   The Story: Neal Slateford and Richard Longhurst (yes, the most successful online sex toy retailer in the…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: made.com The Place:Headquartered in London, but basically an online business The Story: Founder of made.com Mr Ning Li was just about to buy a very designer sofa from a brand that shall remain nameless and pay lots and lots of money – £3,500 in fact. He…

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