The CEO of Rex London, the rebranded dotcomgiftshop website, talks about his favourite sites, online trolls and Ed Millaband's podcast.

This April, a major rebrand sees the failsafe gift site dotcomgiftshop acquire a new name, Rex London, and new site www.rexlondon.com. Heading up this transition is Nigel Biggs, CEO of Rex London. He joined the company in 1989 as Sales Manager – when Rex International was still operating out of an underground car park in London’s Kentish Town. Rex International Ltd has been trading for over thirty-five years, supplying gifts and homeware to over 20,000 retailers in more than 70 countries. As CEO, Nigel has led the company to an online sales platform and shifting to in-house design. Here, he talks about his favourite sites, online trolls and Ed Miliband’s podcast.



My favourite website is… Bird Guides - This enables me to see which birds have been sighted and where.

My favourite app is… slightly boring, perhaps, but the mobile app which I could not live without is Google Maps - I travel a lot, for business and pleasure, and find that I’m always in the app for directions. I literally would be lost without it.

My blog of choice is… I’m a lifelong follower and season ticket holder at Lincoln City football club. I’ve supported them through the highs and (mostly) lows. I try to make most games, home and away. I keep in touch with the comings and goings at the club online at Stacey West. Unlike a lot of football blogs, it gives a reasonably unbiased view of what’s happening at the club.

My internet hero is… My son Harry. He is an internet whizz kid at the tender age of twelve and helps his old dad when needed.

My favourite podcasts... Reasons to be Cheerful - Who’d have thought that Ed Miliband would be such a natural on the airwaves?

My most recent buy online… Train tickets for the kids and I to go see Lincoln City play at Carlisle.



Book just downloaded/ read… Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egen - It caught my eye at the airport bookshop. I’m just a sucker for historical novels.

My favourite tweeter… My friend of many years, novelist, Nina Stibbe, @ninastibbe. She’s very funny and smart, which makes her feed very entertaining.

Social media allowed me to meet… Too many people from my younger days. Having said that I have totally embraced social media and have a family group chat on Snapchat which keeps me in touch with everyone.

Most worthwhile newsletter subscribed to… the Financial Times - A major part of my job is guiding the commercial direction of the company, so it’s essential for me to be on top of what’s happening in the wider economy, especially in relation to retail.

Pet hate about life online… Nothing unusual here. I hate remembering passwords, pop-up windows, spelling mistakes, trolls and the horrific amount of bile unleashed online.

Stand out online memory… It could only be the excitement of the launch of dotcomgiftshop in 2005.

April 2018