A new online platform, Go Trade Local, is now live
This free to use website has been designed for tradespeople & DIYers all over the UK, allowing them to choose from over 360 products & categories, find the most local tool & plant hire depots, builders merchants & skip hire companies, request and compare prices and more… all in a matter of seconds.
The platform was launched recently and boasts over 7,500 companies of all shapes and sizes, from national chains to smaller independent traders and depots. We asked the Chairman and Co-Founder Martin Ainscough CBE DL, formerly of Ainscough Crane Hire, what Go Trade Local can offer.
“The way we treat and view our environment heavily impacts on how we live and work. It’s vital that together we do what we can to sustain our wonderful planet and support our local economies by shopping locally as much as possible. What makes Go Trade Local different is that the platform is loyal to local and users will always find their most local stockist or branch in relation to the product they have searched for. In turn, this saves money and time and is more environmentally friendly because it can help reduce travel.”
Fellow Co-Founder, young entrepreneur and marketing guru Harry Longworth, pointed out that he and Martin had the ambition from the outset of wanting to reshape the Construction Industry, into one that supports and works more within its local communities.
“Martin and I had the joint vision of helping to put local businesses at the fingertips of our users. Not only can customers get in touch with them directly using the contact details on their online profile, they’re also able to request prices using the handy ‘Price Comparison Tool’. Go Trade Local isn’t just an online directory and price comparison site, it is also a handy tool being used daily all across the UK. Our mission is to help businesses grow, increase their profits and help to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our environment, all at the same time!”
The Go Trade Local website is completely free to use and couldn’t be easier to navigate. The site has many great features including the Price Comparison form & the Map Search tool.
The Map Search facility allows you to search for specific products or companies within a postcode area or named location; for example, you can search to hire a cement mixer in Preston and the nearest supplier would appear at the top of the results. On average customers are never more than 10 miles away from their nearest Go Trade partner.
Alternatively, using the Price Comparison form, users of Go Trade Local can complete a simple and easy to use form to provide relevant details regarding their product requests. Once that has been submitted to Go Trade Local, the system automatically passes the request to rive of the most local relevant partners in the given area. Once these partners receive the enquiry, they’re able to respond accordingly and work with the customer directly to discuss their prices & availability.
We asked Stuart Clewlow, Business Development Manager at Go Trade Local, for his thoughts: “From working on a building site in St. Andrews to Home DIY in St. Ives, Go Trade Local connects customers directly with their local stockists. It has the potential to quickly become the number one must have tool for any job, anywhere, anytime. So if the user is unfamiliar with the area and is just looking for a contact number, wanting to find out who’s open now or have no idea who to use but need to source something, the Map Search results are there to help!”
Harry further explains the business benefits: “When businesses sign up to Go Trade Local and create their profile, it is like having their own mini-website. The profile highlights their depot or branch and can include images, corporate videos, opening hours, location and of course, their products. Particularly for small or independent businesses, this is a simple and inexpensive way to have an online presence and could make the difference to overcoming the current difficult economic situation and see their business thrive as it becomes more visible and to a wider audience.”
How can Go Trade Local work for your business?
- Add your locations into the ‘Map Search’ results for customers to see how far away you are in relation to them
- Price comparison requests & active leads are sent straight to your inbox for you to respond directly to at no extra cost
- Affordable packages starting from just £9.99 a month for a single location
The subscription packages have been designed to suit businesses of all shapes, sizes and budgets. As a special introduction, Go Trade Local are offering all tool & plant hire businesses, builders’ merchants & skip hire companies across the UK a 3 month free trial so you can see how the online platform can work for you.
To find out more about Go Trade Local click here