Trade Buyers Information
Are you looking for unusual British made gifts for your outlet?
At Black Dog we design and make a unique range of decorative relief tiles in natural frost proof terracotta. Designs are based on carvings, tapestries and engravings from all periods. These original wall decorations sell well through a variety of outlets associated with cathedrals, museums and historical centres as well as galleries & gift shops. With a RRP of £14-£15, they make imaginative and affordable gifts.
We hope you enjoy browsing the following trade pages and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best wishes from Daniel and the team
Holiday for Black Dog
Black Dog is taking a well-earned rest and will be on holiday from 7 to 25 February 2018. We will dispatch any orders received when we are back at the workshop w/c 26 February .
Added: 5th February 2018
Contact details and form for trade queries
By Telephone (UK)
By Telephone (International)
+44 1225 445086
Unit 4, Meadows Lane
Or, please fill in the contact form below, and press 'Send' - we will reply as soon as we can
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For existing trade customers you can place an order through this website. Passwords are not necessary as no information is stored. If you have not ordered from us before please contact us first.
There are three pages to click through to complete your order. There is information on each page to help guide you through the process. You will be sent an email to confirm the order.
Click here to select designs (all of which appear in the trade brochure).
As this website is mainly set up for mail order, we do not publish trade prices. To obtain our prices please fill in the contact form above.
We publish a trade brochure every year. It is usually printed by the end of December in time for trade shows held in January. For all existing customers we post a copy as soon as it is printed but we do keep extra copies for new clients who may be considering stocking our tiles.
We keep good stocks of all our designs so we can turn orders around in 1 to 3 days. Once your parcel is packed we book in a collection for the following day with delivery the day after. Our courier service is currently provided by UPS.
Our tiles are mounted on a specially designed presentation card with some details about the business on the back. We apply a printed label to the back which provides some interesting background information about the design and it also includes a unique EAN-13 barcode.
Each tile is supplied in a bubble bag which is unsealed. This means it can be reused when the tiles are sold.
Shops that also have a mail order service might like to use custom made postal boxes to post our tiles. Our postal boxes are just the right dimensions to accommodate our tiles and they come pre-assembled and lined with bubble wrap.
For mail order companies we have simple and much more cost effective presentation backing cards than supplied to shops. Our tiles are mounted on blue card with a printed label we apply to the back which provides some interesting background information about the design. Barcodes are optional.
Each tile comes packed in a mail order postal sleeve for protection during handling and shipping.
To show our plaques at their best, we have two purpose designed compact stands to suit a variety of spaces in your shop. These are made of environmentally friendly natural brown card and we despatch it to you ready assembled and free with your first order. We are happy to replace tired stands free of charge.
If you have hanging systems in your shop then we have an alternative option. Our presentation cards can also be hung with the addition of an attractive jute cord. There is no extra cost for having jute cords.
It is hard to know what designs will sell well in your outlet until you give them a try. It is inevitable that there will be a design or two that struggles to sell in which case we are happy to swap these for other designs and we cover all carriage costs.
If any tiles or backing cards are damaged then we will happily swap these and cover all carriage costs.
New Customers - are you thinking about giving our products a go?
Our unique terracotta tiles sell well through a wide range of outlets. We do however understand there are risks in trying an unfamiliar product. There are inevitable questions such as 'will these appeal to my customers?' and 'what happens if I get stuck with stock that does not sell?'
We hope to alleviate such worries by providing a generous 6 month trial run on the first order. This offer comprises of a package of 24 tiles plus a stand. If after 6 months you have unsold stock you may decide not to continue. We will refund the remaining stock and cover the cost of return carriage. If you do order again within 6 months the offer is no longer valid.
This offer only applies to UK mainland outlets.
We believe in supporting all manufacturing in Britain. Every part of your order is produced by a British company. Of course the tiles are made by us at our workshop in the City of Bath.
Terracotta clay comes from Valentine Clays in Stoke-on-Trent.
Tile presentation cards and display stands are made by SH Fiske in Bristol.
Jute treasury tags are made up for us by Kalsi Tags in New Romney.
Labels on the back of the presentation cards are supplied by Flexilabels in Peterborough.
Bubblewrap products are supplied by PH Flexible Packaging in Swadlincote.
Shipping boxes are supplied by ASC Direct in Shipley.
Why not commission us to produce a special terracotta tile?
As a design-led business we are always happy to discuss your ideas and can supply a rough sketch with no commitment on your part. The origination fee starts at £400 and rises depending on the complexity of the design and whether you want the tile to remain exclusive to you.
From design to finished product takes about 7 to 10 weeks. There is a minimum first order of 50 units charged at our regular prices.
We enjoy meeting everyone who visits our purpose built stand and it is the best place to see our full range of wall plaques. We can show you the latest designs as well as our various options for displaying the tiles. We look forward to seeing you at one of the shows listed below.
Giving & Living. 14th to 17th January 2018 at Westpoint, Exeter
ACE Conference. 1st to 2nd March 2018 at the Brighton Centre
For unique presentations specially made pieces such as crests, coats of arms or logos can be mounted under glass in a contemporary waxed ash frame. We have a larger frame which measures 25x34cm and a smaller frame which measures 14x18cm. Both of which can be seen in the photos below.
The origination fee starts at £400 and rises depending on the complexity of the design. A minimum of 20 units must be purchased in the first order. Carriage is not included.
Schools, councils and other organisations can order any of our existing designs featured on the website. The cost per unit excludes carriage and there is no minimum number required.