Digital service brings companies together

A new innovative digital service has been launched to help retailers find reliable and trustworthy suppliers.

Venstr.com, led by entrepreneur Siobhan Bales, is the only B2B ecommerce website of its kind in the UK aimed at supporting small and medium sized online retailers.

It is the UK’s first ecommerce network where online retailers can find quality deals and services from star-rated suppliers.

Siobhan Bales, of Venstr.com

Built in-house at the company’s North Shields headquarters, Venstr allows retailers to give vendors a star-rating and has already been awarded Gold Partner status with PayPal.

Nearly 100 suppliers have registered their products and services across the site’s core set of categories, from fulfilment and shipping to web solutions and wholesale.

Siobhan, who set up the business with her husband Stephen, said: “Following many years of thinking and planning, we successfully secured seed investment in 2014 to create Venstr.

“It is the UK’s first ecommerce network where online retailers can find quality deals and services from star-rated suppliers.

“Our vision was to bring together specialist suppliers with online retailers to help deliver better customer service, value and quality for online retailers, as well as grow leads and sales for suppliers on the platform.

“We know all too well how hard it is for small and medium sized businesses to find suppliers they can trust, especially if they’re using them for the first time.

“Venstr is built on star-ratings and peer reviews and that is the key to building a reliable and trustworthy online community.”

“We have built the Venstr platform from scratch, following years of careful planning and designing. The unique deals section is particularly exciting because suppliers can market themselves to a captive audience and retailers can save time and money. It’s a win win.”