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British shoppers make 13.5% of their purchases online, compared to roughly 5% in the United States.

In fact, the United Kingdom is leading the world in ecommerce. Their digital economy is growing at a rate of 10.9% a year. British shoppers are buying more online, and retailers are opening online stores and selling their wares in droves. 

Last week we launched our Build-A-Business Competition, which encourages and helps entrepreneurs build online stores, and gives them the tools to succeed along the way. In addition to receiving mentorship from Tim Ferriss, Eric Ries, Daymond John & Tina Roth Eisenberg, competitors will have a chance to win one of four prize packs - including a $50K investment, a VIP trip for two to NYC to meet the mentors, $20K in Google AdWords credits, and a feature article in Fast Company. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom; find all the details here.

Need some inspiration for your own online shop? Here are 18 of the most beautiful and successful UK-based online stores - all built using Shopify:

Christopher Jenner


UNCONDITIONAL


Hard Graft

 

Flat Spot


Evisu


Girl Meets Dress


House of Holland


Virgos Lounge


A Fine Pair of Shoes


Pilot Fashion


Haus London


Hiut Denim Co.

Sunshine Baby Sunglasses


Noa Noa


Gamer Print


Urban Yoga


The Great Divide


Sin Star Clothing


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