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Customer Service Fails

It never fails to amaze me how so many large companies provide poor service without it ever affecting business. When it comes to small and medium enterprise, it seems that we’re less likely to get away with mistakes and rudeness, because complaints are usually pretty immediate and the buck stops with us. When customer service […]

Why small businesses fail

This week we ask, why small businesses fail. As a follow up to my last blog about why big businesses go under, I thought I would write up a companion blog about why small businesses fail. Here at Wholesale Clearance UK, our business relies on the health of small and medium enterprises, so we have […]

Why do big businesses fail?

Why do big businesses fail with increasing regularity? Some time ago I wrote a blog about Toys R Us and the struggles it was having in the US. At the time all the reading I did seemed to suggest that the European arm of the company would be safe. Unfortunately, yesterday we witnessed both Toys […]

The Ultimate Selling Guide for Small Businesses

We have decided to start the new year by introducing the ultimate selling guide for small businesses. Wholesale Clearance UK is a family firm, and we recognise the complexities, pressures and challenges of running a small business. Our Blog celebrates its sixth birthday later this year, and in that time we’ve written on every subject […]

The Rise and Fall of Toys ‘R’ Us

There may be millions of toys all under one roof, but Geoffrey and crew are in trouble. In an attempt to salvage its future, Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada and is currently trying to restructure its debts. With Christmas on the horizon, a US bankruptcy judge has […]

Guide to Sunglasses styles and history

When you’re working in the wholesale sector as I do, you come across a wealth of sunglasses styles, and eventually they all meld into one. Here at Wholesale Clearance UK, we often have many sunglasses styles available at great discounted rates, but we’re never quite sure how to describe them. With that in mind, I […]

The success or failure of Trump’s businesses

I suppose Donald Trump is an easy target at the moment, but even typing the start of this sentence speaks volumes. He’s the President of the United States of America, leader of the ‘free world’ (not quite sure how or where that designates for POTUS originates) and should be above satire and petty digs. He […]

Women in business who are top trumps!

A small salute to great women in business everywhere, out there, running great companies and being generally tremendous! I have been inspired to write a celebratory blog post about women in business, mainly in light of a photo that was circulating on social media showing President-elect Trump with a line of men rumoured to be […]

The most offensive Halloween costumes of all time?

You’d have to have your head in the sand, or somewhere, in order not to have noticed Halloween is upon us. You may remember when we had some interesting costumes in stock, see here, which was similar to some stock that the supermarkets had. The sale of mental health patient costumes caused a bit of […]

Bargain wholesale stock! Our wholesale bankrupt stock auctions

Exciting news here at Wholesale Clearance UK! If you hadn’t already noticed, we have started running liquidated stock auctions. This is a great opportunity for you to get your eager hands on some fabulous bargains because it can sometimes be difficult to find wholesale stock at rock bottom prices! There’s free signup and the bidding […]

Soggy bottomed buyout? The Great British Bake Off furore

It’s a bit late in the day I know, but I thought I’d add my own eggs to the mix regarding the debate surrounding Britain’s best loved cookery programme, The Great British Bake Off #GBBO. I have to confess to feeling pretty gutted that #GBBO is moving channels. Not so much that it is shifting […]

The Best UK Wholesale Trade Shows & Fairs for 2018 | Wholesale Clearance

The Best UK Wholesale Trade Shows & Fairs for 2018 As a wholesaler, heading to trade shows, fairs and exhibitions with my trusty X-banner stand can be a tiring, but highly rewarding experience. Meeting new suppliers, learning about the latest trends and generally networking with others in retailing and the e-commerce industry can help take […]

Sports not in the Olympics

Facebook Rugby Sevens made its first appearance at an Olympics this year and has been a phenomenal success. My Dad (dyed in the wool footie fan, not the most tolerant of non working class sports it has to be said – best not to comment on which football team he supports) actually admitted to enjoying […]

“Would you like help with your Brazillian?”

Our booklet blunder with 50,000 tragically inaccurate ‘unofficial’ language guides for Rio 2016 Here at Wholesale Clearance a large variety of stock makes its way in and out of our warehouse, and the vast majority of it is quality merchandise. Occasionally though, we stumble across something so disastrously unprofessional that we’re left with little choice […]

Pokémon GO! (No seriously … leave)

I’ve been searching for something to write about this week but the world seems an exceptionally insecure and grim place at the moment, don’t you agree? Looking for inspiration and trying to avoid smug politicians on one hand, and aimless politicians on the other, I stumbled across Pokémon Go. When I say stumbled across, I […]

What’s the difference between B2B and B2C long distance selling regulations?

What’s the difference between B2B and B2C long distance selling regulations? Are you confused about the difference between B2B and B2C long distance selling regulations? The law treats business-to-business contracts differently than it does business-to-consumer contracts. The Distance Selling Regulations no longer actually apply in UK law. They were replaced by the Consumer Contracts Regulations […]

LinkedIn for SME’s: Useful or not?

It was announced yesterday (13/06.2016) that Microsoft is to purchase LinkedIn, the professional networking website, for $26bn (£18bn), which equates to $196 a share. That’s a lot of money. Apparently the deal will enable Microsoft to boost sales of its business and email software, although to be fair, it doesn’t sound as though they’re failing […]

Farewell to Louis van Gaal and 9 other famous sackings

It may seem strange to people who don’t understand the machinations of British football, but yes, Louis van Gaal was sacked as Manchester United boss within 48 hours of his side winning the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 2-1. Rumours have abounded that Jose Mourinho was due to take his place for weeks, and it […]

Fun facts about Playboy

We always have a large number of Playboy products for sale, see HERE, because they’re really good sellers as you would expect from an instantly recognizable global brand. They do well on eBay, in shops and on markets stalls alike, so you can’t go wrong. Have you ever wondered about the stratospheric branding success of […]

More money less work: money for old rope

Our friend Gary Lineker has been in the news again this week, not because he will be presenting Match of the Day in the buff if Leicester do the biz, but because he has taken a swipe at “manipulative” lawyers who fuel acrimony between divorcing couples by letting proceedings drag on.” Having split with his […]

Who pays the most tax in the UK?

The furore over the Panama Papers leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca last week got me thinking about who pays the most tax in the UK. The Panama leak came about when the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, gained access to the papers which it […]

Biggest Product Flops

David vs Goliath, the Rebel Alliance vs the Empire, Leicester FC vs the Premiere League. Nothing is more satisfying than witnessing the underdog trump the frontrunner. In business too, this rule is true. It’s expected of top businesses to employ top people and produce top products that public will need, even if they didn’t know […]

Top 10 best April Fools jokes ever

The tradition for an April Fool’s day is a long one and is recognised around the world. The Roman festival of Hilaria, the Holi festival of India, and the Medieval Feast of Fools are all said to be precursors of what we not understand to be April Fool’s Day. In Western culture, notably in the […]

2016 Budget Small Business as winners?

Small business owners have cautiously welcomed the 2016 budget after George Osborne announced a number of measures that will give SMEs a small amount of breathing space – at least from the financial year 2017-18. George Osborne said his business tax reforms were part of a “Budget for small business”. Here are the key changes: […]

Top 10 most haunted houses in Britain

Here at Wholesale Clearance UK we have a range of ex-rental DVDs for sale such as Hunted starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Torro, and the creepy Cabin Fever from Eli Roth, which has been described as ‘scary as hell’ and ‘terrifying’ which totally piques my interest of course. The slant on Cabin Fever […]

And so it begins: Brexit and SMEs

Finally the news we have all been waiting for, and quite honestly you’re probably sick of hearing about it already. The referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016. As a small business owner should you vote Yes or No? Just this morning (23.02.16) the […]

January high street sales up?

I caught a glimpse of an interesting item on BBC Breakfast this morning (15.02.2016) suggesting that High Street sales were up and had rallied in January so I had a quick shufty around to find out what the experts are saying. Apparently the festive period proved slightly tricky for many retailers with sales at their […]

Twitter for business: Tweet your SME

In the past we’ve looked at using Facebook and eBay for your business. In many ways these are fairly straightforward solutions to your marketing needs. If you haven’t ever considered using Twitter for business, you may find you also get results from this social media outlet. What is Twitter? You must have heard of Twitter, […]

The definitive guide to handbags

Some time ago we brought you our definitive guide to shoes. That was so successful we thought we would share our handbag guide with you. If you’re buying bags wholesale and don’t know where to start with naming them or describing them, our little list should help you out. Well … the pictures will, even […]

The impact of flooding on small business

Once again, here in the UK, we seem to be bracing ourselves for some very strange weather. More and more frequently we’re seeing whole communities battered by storms and affected by flooding. Here at Wholesale Clearance UK, our hearts really do go out to those small businesses that have been affected by flooding. When we […]

Attack of the Poorly Made Clones

There’s been quite a bit of official tat produced in the name of Lucasarts sprawling space opera, but at least it all passed basic health and safety regulations. These imported fake Star Wars figures and bootleg toys are such crude appropriations of Phantom Menace characters that just looking at them is a trip to uncanny […]

Slave Leia merchandise banned?

There are rumours circulating on the Internet that all Slave Leia merchandise is set to be banned by Disney following one father’s complaint in the USA, although this has yet to be officially confirmed by anyone in the know. It has been suggested on certain websites that a Philadelphia father of two daughters was “outraged” […]