An entrepreneur from the Northeast has started a different online fashion business, allowing customers to try before they buy.
Nathan Rose is the mastermind behind Peek, a Newcastle-based online womenswear store that allows those who sign up to the site to choose items, try them on for free at home, and only pay once ‘they decide whether they want to keep them or not.
Users provide their credit card details when placing their orders, and the card is charged within two weeks of order delivery, and shipping is free both ways.
The process is similar to what Amazon presented to its Prime members earlier this summer.
Mr Rose said: “A lot of times you buy something online and it doesn’t suit you or what you expected, and you have to go through a long process to return it and get a refund.
“Peek makes this process so much easier because you don’t pay for the items up front and can return what you don’t want.
“Customer experience, transparency and innovation are at the heart of everything we do, and we work with a number of brands and designers. “
To support his business, Nathan joined Entrepreneurial Spark, an accelerator hub located in NatWest’s offices on Newcastle’s Quayside.
Run alongside partners KPMG Enterprise, Dell EMC and Pinsent Masons, Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-ups and growing businesses and has provided free support, mentoring, networking and offices at hundreds of companies in hubs across the UK. .
Mr. Rose said, “The program has really helped me grow the business and bring it to a place that makes it more robust and able to grow.
“It’s also been great working with a mix of like-minded people and potential Peek clients so I can test ideas and see what works and what doesn’t. “
Carl Haagensen, Head of Entrepreneur Development at NatWest, said: “This is an exciting time for Peek as the site seeks to attract more users and grow further. The concept is one that will resonate with a wide range of consumers, and we wish Nathan every success for the future.