What Is The Wholesale Forums?

The Wholesale Forums (or TWF) is the UK’s leading networking wholesale forum marketplace, community & independent advice forum for trade buyers and suppliers. We’re on a mission to change the way our industry connects with each other by building a networking and engaging community.
What started as a fledgling idea back in July 2004 has matured to become an essential source of information, advice and networking for over 230,000 members across the globe.
Anthony Trollope Photo
“ Our members are the lifeblood of the community. Without their passion to participate and help others, we would cease to exist, let alone have the influence that we have today.”
Helen Parker, CEO  

What We Do

The TWF Ecosystem

Commerce is the transfer of ownership of goods and services from one person or entity to another, a network that facilitates this is often called a market. Between that we believe an ecosystem exists where everything leading up to a transaction tends to get completed. As an online community, we have embedded ourselves within that ecosystem and we exist to serve as an essential source of information, advice and networking for trade buyers and suppliers from across the globe.

A Brief History of TWF

  • 2005

    2005, The Wholesale Forums was Launched

    Anthony Trollope, then CEO wanted to change the way trade buyers and suppliers networked with each other, thus developing The Wholesale Forums in 2004 to the launch in 2005.
  • 2006

    2008, The Wholesale Forums went full time

    The Wholesale Forums then CEO, Anthony Trollope, completed his studies and went full time opening TWF offices in West London.
  • 2007

    2012, The Wholesale Forums reaches 100,000 members

    Having employed people back in 2010, The Wholesale Forums active community membership did exceptionally well and reached over the 100,000 threshold.
  • 2008

    2014, The Wholesale Forums new CEO says 'hi'.

    Anthony Trollope handed The Wholesale Forums over to new CEO, Helen Parker.
  • 2009

    2015, The Wholesale Forums partnership deal.

    The Wholesale Forums partnered up with YBC, ProfitSourcery, eSeller and Tomolli.
  • 2005

    2016, The Wholesale Forums undergoes major development.

    The Wholesale Forums undergoes major development work, with the re-introduction of Member of the month and our newest feature Advertising Directory.

Community Member Growth

2010 - 2015
Community Growth Bar Chart

Feedback from Members

  • Jack Howes Photo
    “ Due to the success of our advertising membership with TWF, we recently decided to join their sister site - The Wholesale Community. Within hours of signing up, we were referred a customer lead from a customer looking to purchase the designer clothing brands we stock for their business. If anyone is unsure whether to join either of these sites, I’d highly recommend it. The membership fee is just a small price to pay when the scale of the rewards in potential sales, information and traffic greatly outweighs the investment. ”
    Jack Howes from That Designer Wholesale, That Designer Wholesale
  • Vicky Walmsley Photo
    “ I have been with TWF for around 18 months now and words alone cannot express how happy I am to have found this truly wonderful resource. It is a great place to get help and information on a wide variety of topics. I use the site mainly to sell my products and gain exposure for my website. I have gained many new customers and received countless orders. I also find it a very useful platform for selling any clearance and end of line stock I may have. ”
    Vicky Walmsley from Risus Wholesale, ladyvgw
  • Oliver Lawrence Photo
    “ TWF is different to other forums out there! The busy (and growing) trading environment on TWF has helped our business significantly. The structured and refined design of the website along with dedicated admin staff enables seamless trading and interaction between buyers and sellers. Unquestionably TWF would be beneficial to many businesses. Have you signed up yet? ”
    Oliver Lawrence from OJS (UK) Ltd, Jazzy123
  • Gary Sweetman Photo
    “ When I first joined TWF it didn’t take me long to discover what a great community it was, not only has it helped my businesses and ideas develop but I’ve also found some great contacts, offers and my future wife (seriously), so to say it has been life changing would be an understatement! ”
    Gary Sweetman from For Traders Only, Gary
  • Ricky Jimmison Photo
    “ TWF is a really great community and the forum feels like a second family. What I love about TWF is that everybody really does look out for each other whether it’s great advice on learning about business, what products to buy, finding that special supplier, or warnings on how not to get scammed and lose a lot of money. If you are starting out in business and wanting to improve your business and take it to the next level then there really is no comparison to TWF. ”
    Ricky Jimmison from RetrospectiveWear, truerdevil
  • Hugo Costa Photo
    “ I discovered TWF 18 months ago and instantly found the community to be welcoming new members and offering genuine business advice. TWF has saved me lots of time finding new suppliers, products and useful information. I started my first business because of TWF and the support from other members has been second to none, there really is a wealth of knowledge here. Also, I have been using TWF's seller platform for a while now and find it to be one of the most reliable sources of new business for my company. ”
    Hugo Costa from WinkMedia, Hugo

The Company behind it all

The company was founded in 2004 to change the way trade buyers and suppliers network with each other online – the founder Anthony Trollope was selling on eBay and saw the need for a place to allow people to trade and share expertise and news. The company has grown exponentially since then and is now located in Leatherhead, Surrey and run by our Community Manager Cody Stallard - who loves all things forum, online and trade. The team have a massive experience in trade and online, and work tirelessly to ensure the community continues to be the welcoming, informative and successful place it has been for the past 13 years.

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