North East England marketplace to open in February

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Is a regional online marketplace a viable idea? They certainly think so over at It’s a new online marketplace that will be launching on 14th February. Is it something you might get involved with, if you’re located in that area?

The idea is that shoppers will be able to browse hundreds of products and buy the best local produce, including clothing, food & drink and local art.

Already onboard are Canny natural flavoured milk, Tynemouth Coffee, Low Quay Clothing and baby gift company, Geordie Genes. They say that over 50 local brands will be selling on the site in 2017.

Early adopter North Shields artist Ross Pichler from North Shields, says: “I’m fortunate to live in a place that I love, and because my work is based on the amazing buildings and landmarks on my doorstep, I have been able to carefully consider and lovingly create art which other local residents enjoy as well.”

“That’s Champion Pet gives me another platform to showcase my work to those that love the North East as much as I do. In each piece I look to create something that’s different, unique to the North East. That’s Champion Pet puts my work alongside other likeminded entrepreneurs who have been inspired by what’s around them to create something special.”

Is a local model the future of ecommerce? That’s debatable. Surely the point and attraction of online trading is about widening the net and selling further afield than an immediate clientele. And online classified sites, such as Gumtree et al, already have this market well served.

That said it’s heartening to see small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to harness the power of the web in any form.

Would you offer your lines on a local online marketplace that operated in your area? Or are you more interested in national and international sales?

And isn’t the name a bit naff?

One Response

  1. I don’t agree the name is naff.

    ‘That’s champion, pet’ is a common term that’s probably used millions of times every day in the North East. Put simply it means something like ‘That’s absolutely wonderful, dear friend’.

    I hope they do well.

    Avril Harper

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