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Thompsons Ltd – Experienced support for independent retailers.

Originally established in the 1960’s as a retailer of Car Parts & Accessories Thompsons ltd quickly became a highly respected local family firm, trusted to deliver value, knowledge and great service to their customers - both by direct retail and also by supplying local specialist firms. With the many changes to the business over the years those core values remain as true today as they did nearly 50 years ago.

In the 1990’s Car Audio sales boomed and Thompsons ltd opened a second store to satisfy the demand of this highly specialised market offering sales, fitting and product support across a broad spectrum of product including alarms, electronics and stereo systems.

By the dawn of this century online retail had arrived – by bringing in specialist staff and utilising the many years of product experience available in house Thompsons ltd has pushed itself to the forefront of this market - retailing car parts, car audio and home products online.

What does this mean for you as an independent retailer?

The challenge facing many high street shops and freelance installers is how to compete with the enormous buying power of the larger online retailers – added to the fact that many of the wholesalers currently supplying the market have no retail experience of their own and do not always understand the challenges we all face in the current market.

By using the wealth of retail experience we have in house, Thompsons Ltd are able to supply our network of retailers and fitters with exclusive proven products, clearance deals and product support which is simply not normally available to a retailer without great capital investment and risk. We are committed to maintaining the presence of dealers with the specialist knowledge and skills that they offer so well by supplying our trade customers in a way that they have a means to operate effectively in what is a very competitive marketplace.

Key Benefits:

# Thompsons do not dropship – we supply only genuine shops and installers – thus preserving a sensible margin for our trade customers allowing them to offer excellent service levels to the retail public.
# Exclusive brands – continually expanding is our range of “sole distributor” products – imported by ourselves and not available elsewhere in the UK.
# Clearance deals – Thompsons serve the electronics industry as a clearance house for car and home audio products – these exclusive deals are also available to our trade customers who can take advantage of our experience and buying power.

Business Terms:

Our system is simple and concise. Our full terms are available on request – we maintain a web ordering system which with your unique trade account allows you to log in and have access to product photos, descriptions, trade price and quantity physically in stock – this allows online ordering and payment processing 24hrs a day.

We do not operate credit accounts but offer a competitive pricing structure and FREE delivery option on all orders over £50. We ask our trade clients to try and keep orders over £50 wherever possible. If you need to place and order below £50 in value we ask you to select the Express Delivery option at the checkout please. Trade orders under £50 that are checked out using the standard delivery option may be cancelled as non-viable. Please be aware that due to the physical size and weight of some of the items and our very low margin on trade prices, you may be required to pay additional postage contributions. However this is very unlikely.

International Customers:

Please note that if you are an international customer we WELCOME your business, and are able to export VAT free on production of a valid EU VAT registration number which we will hold on file.

Please also note that our shipping price is for a maximum of 30 Kg of goods. Should you order goods to a weight of more than 30Kg we will contact you to request additional carriage.

Bass Face:

We regretfully inform you that no trade customers in the UK are permitted to buy Bass Face products. Unfortunately, we can not stop these from appearing on the website. If you do purchase Bass Face products on the website, your order will be refunded in full. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

To register and get an account:

To register your interest in joining our trade network please email

Please include:

Full Company Name
Contact Person
Phone Number
Email Address
Vat Number
Web Address (If applicable)

We look forward to working with you in the near future.

The Thompsons Ltd Team

Thompsons Ltd


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