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Arc Agencies - has anyone heard of it?
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Jane_D


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10-08-2010 05:02 PM

This is a very long shot, but I wondered if anyone knows anything about an organisation called Arc Agencies. A friend of mine is thinking of working for them; they appear to be offering commission-only work with no written contract, and say that they don't have a presence on the Internet because they prefer to have more direct contact with their customers.
It sounds very odd, and googling reveals nothing.
Thanks.

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blushingsnail


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10-08-2010 05:26 PM

Haven't heard of them. What sort of work are they offering your friend?

Did a bit of Googling and there's a company of that name in north London listed as a dress agency:

http://www.yell.com/s/dress+agencies-hen...ondon.html

which seem to be the distributor for a Danish clothing brand called Numph:

http://www.purelondon.com/page.cfm/T=m/LINK=27/ID=27

whose website shows an e-mail address for Arc Agencies:

http://www.numph.dk/Default.aspx?ID=16

but http://www.arcagencies.co.uk doesn't seem to have a website. However a search on Nominet shows the url is registered to the same address as the Arc Agencies dress agency in north London:

http://webwhois.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi...Submit.y=0

Couldn't find an entry at Companies House though (http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/)

Is the work on offer anything to do with clothing?

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Jane_D


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10-08-2010 05:30 PM

Thank you very much, Blushingsnail. The work is to do with selling fashion clothing on commission, so it probably is the agency you found, which has decided not to have a website for some very strange reason.

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blushingsnail


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10-08-2010 06:00 PM

Have looked them up on Google Streetview (4c Prowse Place, NW1 9PH). Very strange building, in a railway arch.

It also seems strange that they're listed as a dress agency (ie upmarket second hand clothes) but don't have a shop. And they aren't listed at Companies House, so they aren't a limited company. Might just be a very small operation?

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Jane_D


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10-08-2010 07:04 PM

Maybe it is just very small and new. Thanks so much again Blushingsnail for taking the trouble. Streetview was a good though.
Jane

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AMFM


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11-08-2010 03:48 PM

I would advise your friend to tread very carefully. The rag trade is notorious for sharp practice and the lack of a formal written contract would concern me.

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Jane_D


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11-08-2010 04:36 PM

Thanks AMFM. I am feeling concerned. I just can't imagine why a company who has a product to sell should make a point of not being represented on the internet, when this is how most companies advertise.

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