The William George team are passionate about sustainability.
It’s at the core of everything we do and is central to our values.
We are more than just a marketplace! Why are we more than just a marketplace?
We are disrupting the auction industry, challenging the accepted norms and setting new standards.
William George was
the first UK auctioneer to ban the sale of Ivory. Widely bought and sold at traditional auction houses, auction is the most significant legal route to market for those selling Ivory, Tortoiseshell and other endangered wildlife products. It is a profitable area of business. At William George we put our values ahead of profits, and we proudly banned these products from our marketplace, teaming up with Two Million Tusks and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It didn’t go down to well in the auction industry, with other auctioneers unhappy about us taking the stand and bringing attention to the subject. We are the industry leaders in customer service, bar none! With 4.7 on Trust pilot, and 4.6 on Google, no other UK auctioneer comes close to our customer service reputation, built on a genuine commitment to make buying from auction a safe, transparent, and cost-effective way of shopping. We believe there is a better way of treating people, and our customer reviews show that we are passionate about doing it. We charge 0% seller commission as standard. Disrupting the industry in this way has allowed us to bring reputable retailers to our marketplace which gives us influence and opportunity when it comes to creating sustainable solutions in supply chains across a wide range of product categories. We create sustainable solutions!
Revolutionising the handling of retail returns, reverse logistics and the wider supply chain.
William George is banging the sustainability drum!
We’re working alongside industry experts to ensure our sustainability strategy has maximum impact. Together we are a powerful combination in terms of facilitating positive change amongst large retailers looking to address their own sustainability challenges. Amongst less progressive retailers, we act as your voice, that of the discerning buyer who wants to make sustainable choices and reduce the negative impact on the environment. By offering industry-leading technology and a vibrant marketplace of sustainability conscious buyers, we can accelerate positive change by shining a light on high impact processes and replacing them with more sustainable options. We are forcing retailers to sit up and take note – now is the time for change! We support and nurture the circular economy.
Reducing waste and saving millions of items from landfill.
We are extending the life cycle of everyday products so they can bring joy to more people, more often. By making buying and selling pre-loved items simple, safe, cost-effective, and fun, we encourage a wide cross-section of buyers and sellers to use our marketplace and get involved in the circular economy. Simple - Our technology makes it easy to auction entire inventories to one-off items. Our second-to-none service level supports buyers and promotes transparency. Safe – – 0% seller commission means that sellers see more money back, and can offer more competitive selling prices to ensure that value for money is in turn passed on to buyers. Cost-Effective Buying and selling at auction gives a sense ofexcitement and satisfaction like no other shopping experience can! Fun – By creating economic opportunity, we make it easy for everyone to support, and multiply the growth of the circular economy. We allow sellers to generate a sustainable income by repairing, refurbishing, re-using, repurposing & upcycling products which they can sell. We make it possible for buyers to access aspirational brands and products at fair prices, far below their retail value at new. We do this by offering a safe and secure network of buyers and sellers that share our values, generating a sense of community united in a common goal to preserve our planet and reduce waste. We create economic opportunity that generates sustainable change. We are extending the life cycle of everyday products so they can bring joy to more people, more often. Many marketplaces either support businesses looking to sell to other businesses (B2B), businesses looking to sell to consumers (B2C), or consumers selling to other consumers (C2C or ‘peer-to-peer’). William George uniquely straddles all 3 and it does so seamlessly. B2B We support large retailers selling returns by the pallet. This enables them to clear space to support fast moving goods that allow them to focus resources on their most productive supply chains. Instead of selling direct to professional re-sellers and wholesalers via private channels, they can offer their products publicly in a competitive environment ensuring they realise maximum value for their goods. With auction the method of sale, lead times are not compromised. By funnelling these transactions through a single point the whole market benefits from added transparency and integrity. B2CBy nurturing a vibrant marketplace William George affords those with an entrepreneurial spirit or those looking for supplemental incomes during uncertain times, the chance to professionalise buying and selling of second-hand goods. Our transparent marketplace opens up a normally closed off arena to those with ambitions for a self-generated income. This is a rapidly growing portion of society who have been left exposed or vulnerable to economic conditions caused by the pandemic, or those simply considering a different approach to their work/life balance. Here they can easily access all the information required to make informed decisions about the risk and reward of operating such a model, as well as using the same place they acquire their stock in bulk to repair, refurbish, re-use, repurpose & upcycle, and then re-sell, for a profit. William George chooses not to buy products directly so we can focus on what we do best – offering bespoke, sustainable solutions and nurturing a vibrant marketplace of buyers, so that we can create economic opportunity for others and maintain our 0% seller commission offering. C2C – ‘Peer-to-peer’Our peer-to-peer market allows everyone access to trade items including unique, rare and special interest items. It is this area that provides a sense of community and adventure and facilitates the conversation around sustainability to be explored in our homes. This is where real progress is made and the power to create real change is generated – as we, the consumers vote with our wallets and demand that sustainable choices become the norm. Having all 3 marketplaces interacting simultaneously supports a growth loop where buyers can sell, sellers can buy, and everyone can thrive alongside one another. The result? Positive habits are formed that permeate the entire supply chain from design and manufacture all the way to your home. Waste is reduced at every stage, and our planet thrives with us. We have a positive Social Impact!
William George believes there is a better way of treating people.
We invest in our team and our local community.We have partnered with local charity West raven Community Café & Garden who offer safe, friendly spaces for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with each other, support their health and wellbeing, learn new skills, be inspired, support social and environmental issues, and protect nature. William George gives our entire team to support the maintenance of this service, including work in the garden itself to help them continue to offer this invaluable service in our local community. Offering our support in this way also nurtures our own mental health and healthy work/life balance. In addition to this, we build and use technology to automateprocesses and use the time our team wins back to allow them to study anddevelop their own skills to bring a positive focus to professional development,making the East Midlands a more attractive place to operate by improving theskill-set of its workforce and by creating exciting local job opportunities. Investing in technology, training, circularity, positive culture and attitudes in this way continues to apply a relentless focus on sustainability and social impact to bring about meaningful change over time. We are more than just a marketplace!