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The nearer app is now live: you will find it in the app store, and on Google play, under Nearer. See the download links at the bottom of all our pages. Check out the “only show open businesses” feature!

nearer.com: the definitive record of the UK High Street

With over 650,000 businesses listed across c.3,000 UK urban centres, data gathered by people physically walking the streets, nearer is the definitive record of the UK High Street.

More accurate and up to date than popular search engines, this is the only national data gathered by a dedicated team of over 200 professionals systematically walking the streets of Britain.

  • Over 650,000 UK shops, restaurants and other businesses listed.
  • In c. 500 retail categories.
  • Over 3,000 town centres, retail parks, shopping centres and other locations covered.
  • Updated regularly.

Beware of inferior imitations, using scraped, and often inaccurate, outdated, data; and which manipulate your search results to their own nefarious ends – no thanks!

Napoleon said that Britain is a nation of shopkeepers: at least he was right about one thing. For all those who love the magnificence of UK shopping, eating out, &c, and especially independents (who make some 60% of our High Streets) we will objectively show all the great things its has to offer; and champion the Great British High Street with all its dedicated workers who strive so hard for our benefit.

Founders

nearer.com was created by two of the founders of The Local Data Company which, with its legion of researchers daily visiting the UK high street, has become the de facto source of information on the United Kingdom retail landscape over the last 15 years. See here how they do it (and see here for their news on how the UK retail sector is faring post- Coronavirus).

Like you, we’ve tried using other local directories and, all too often, have felt there’s something missing and/or wrong.

Independent surveys show that the most popular local search sites are, on average, missing more than 40% of local businesses – and this is before testing whether the information they do provide is correct.

And then there’s the issue of general trustworthiness. We’ve all read about fake reviews and sites that coerce businesses into paying to make negative reviews disappear. No thanks!

Not to mention the fact that when you are looking for something on your phone, local search really means hyperlocal – what’s right where you are.

We thought about all of the things that we would want in our ideal local search site; and this is where we will create it:

nearer.com: a fresh and efficient way for people to find street-fronted businesses and personally relevant promotions. All in one place.

Local search is going hyperlocal. This site as you see it now is just a start. Please enjoy it – and watch this space.

And let us know what you think here.