Hi, my name is Paul Ulliott and I am the owner of Pledge Jewellers & Body Piercing.
You will have to excuse me as this is my first attempt at blogging but I will give it a go.
I thought I would start our business blog just by telling you a bit about the shops and what services we provide.
I opened Pledge Jewellers all the way back in 1990 which is almost 30 years ago now (how time flies). There was some very tough times back in the beginning and without the joys of the internet I made business and customers just by word of mouth.
My small shop had 1 cabinet in it which had a couple of pieces of jewellery in it, this was everything I had. I then started a pawnbroking service where people would leave me their jewellery and I would give them a loan against it. As time went on I accumulated more jewellery which people never returned to collect and this is how my business started to grow.
So after a few years I needed to buy a slightly bigger shop and the one next door to me became available so I upgraded and I have been here ever since.
After 8 years I decided to open another shop across the other side of town Newland Pledge Ltd . It was great having a shop on the West side of town as customers now didn't have to travel from West Hull to East Hull to use me, they could now just pop to Newland Avenue.
Both of these stores to this day provide a huge range of service ,
In the year 2000 I think I caught the millennium bug and came up with a crazy idea of opening something completely different to what I had ever dealt in.
So I opened Pledge Body Piercing Ltd. The added bonus with this Piercing shop is that it is located next door to the jewellers.
I was a complete novice to this but I knew Piercing was what people wanted. I hired a fully qualified Body Piercer and watched the business gradually improve and we now have 3 fully qualified female piercers.
In 2008 I was very optimistic but I made the decision to set up an eBay shop where we could display and sell our current stock. We now have over 7500 in Feedback and currently have over 2000 individual items listed. Visit our eBay store!
1 year later we decided to do the same for our Newland Avenue branch and we opened up an ebay store for that branch. They have over 1000 individual items listed and have over 3500 feedback. Visit Newland Pledge Ebay!
So here I am in the spring of 2019 going from strength to strength , I have 7 members of staff working between the 3 shops and later on this year we hope to be re-locating to a bigger shop just further down the road from where we are located at the moment.
Thanks for reading my first blog, I hope you found the information interesting and useful. Feel free to leave a comment below.