How do I find a business or service?

There are two ways to find a Business or Service on this website - they all contain the same information.

1. Use the Directory

This website has a directory of services. To search for a business or service:

  • select your location by clicking on the map.  This will put a pin on the map which can be moved around by clicking and dragging it.
  • Select your search radius by typing in the 'distance' box the distance in which you wish to search.  If you wish to search the whole directory, use a search radius of 250 miles or more.
  • Select the business category you wish to search within from the drop down box.  If you wish to refine this further, select a sub-category from the adjacent drop-down box.
  • Click on 'Apply' to carry out the search.
  • The results will appear on a separate map, as well as being listed below.  Click on each business to view more details.
Alternatively, if you know the name of the business you are looking for, you can use the A-Z list at the top of the directory of services page.

There is a button that links to the directory on each page of the website - it is situated in the menu on the left hand side of each page.

2. Use the Keyword Search

There is a keyword search box on the left hand of the Directory of Services . To use the keyword search facility, just type words relating to your search into the box and then click on the 'Search' button (see search notes below).

To refine the search results, select the 'Search within results' box and type further search terms in the keyword search box.  Click on 'Search' again.

If you require a more detailed search, select 'More options'.  This will allow you to make a new search, or to refine an existing keyword search.  If you are wishing to refine your search, please remember to select 'Search within results' before typing search terms or selecting categories.

Search Notes
Phrase search ("")

By putting double quotes around a set of words, you are telling the search to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change.  For example, to find a business that carries out horse logging you could type "horse logging" into the search box.  This will show all the pages with the phrase horse logging in the directory.

Alternatively, if you entered the phrase horse logging without the double quotes, the search would return any listings which have the word horse or logging in them.

Terms you want to exclude (-)
Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain that word to appear in your results.  The minus sign should appear immediately before the word and should be preceded with a space.  For example, in the query horse-logging equipment, the minus sign is used as a hyphen and will not be interpreted as an exclusion symbol; whereas the query horse-logging -equipment will search for the words horse-logging but exclude references to equipment.  You can exclude as any words as you want.

Fill in the blanks (*)
The *, or wildcard, can be very powerful.  If you include * within a query it tells the search to try to treat the star as a placeholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches.  For example, the search term horse* would return any listing containing the word horse, and also words like horsefly or horseshoe.