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I like your directory - great idea - wheedles out the baddies of the trade world!” Julie P-F, Honiton

”exmouth_builder” We want you to use Our Local Expert as the first place you look for local businesses you can trust, for people you would be happy to have in your home. The sort of people you would recommend to a neighbour for their good quality service and high standards of workmanship. 

This is me – Nick Hall - holding up a giant speech bubble on a bridge in Clyst St Mary. 
If you want to contact me my details are here.


Here's an example, M B Davies Building Services (see photo:  Mark Davies), about who we were told: “All his staff were excellent and I am very pleased with their work.” 

We know we can trust this recommendation, because it was from someone we actually know.


Not Just Tradespeople

We’re not just here to recommend local tradespeople you can trust.
We’re here to champion independent local businesses that provide good quality service and value for money.  
We love the personalities and originality of these small businesses. 
We LOVE local food, if it's from a farmers’ market, fishmongers, or served fresh in a quality restaurant

honiton_builder ”exeter_plumber”

You can see that all my family are into supporting local businesses

”Newton_Abbot_Gardener” ”torquay_carpenter”

Your Feedback Makes this Guide Accurate!

This guide is only as good as the recommendations we receive from people like you, so please do keep telling us about:
Businesses you recommend,
Businesses you DON'T recommend.  
We also want feedback about the businesses we currently feature - to make sure we are getting things right.

We differ from other directories because we have a genuine local presence, and we are a small local business ourselves.  This means that we can apply our local knowledge, integrity and discretion, when many automated websites are liable to abuse by fake reviewers.  Please see our Quality Control page to understand more about how we deal with the reviews you send us.

”Exeter_Restaurant    ”Newton_Abbot_Restaurant”    ”Devon_Farm_Shop”
The people in these photos won our reader competition – for telling us about local businesses that they use and trust.  You could win local food or a meal at a local restaurant just by getting in touch like they did (see our reader competition).

Please let us know what you think, either using our ‘feedback’ page, or see our contact details at contact us’.


History Lesson

We started with our East Devon guide in 2007 under a different name. We received such great response from the local community that we have decided to expand into different areas – starting with Exeter in 2009, Teignbridge/Torbay in 2010, Taunton and the Blackdown Hills in 2017.  You can see the wonderful things readers say about our guide below.

Why do people use OurLocalExpert?  Why do people it near their phones?

Here’s what some of our readers have told us:

“Your guide is such a good idea – not only if you’re new to an area.  I’ve been here five years now and found this particularly helpful to find a reliable plumber.  I find it very useful.”  Mrs Roll, Exeter

“A brilliant idea to have a local directory of trades people who are reliable and trustworthy” Di H, Topsham

“This book is brilliant – it provides a most excellent service, as it can be a problem to know who to approach when you need work done. It’s nice to have people recommended”. Mrs B, Newton Poppleford:

“Thank goodness for your little book”
80yr old lady, Sidmouth, who used one of our featured businesses for a new computer, installation and lessons.

“Your booklet has been an immense help in finding reliable, courteous and helpful tradesmen all of whom I will have no hesitation in recommending to others.”  Timothy Green - Exeter

“….an excellent resource…….always the first place I look for local tradesmen.” Martin D – Woodbury

"I was searching for tradesmen online as we have just purchased a house that needs a lot of updating - and I found your site via Google. I like your listing ethos as it is very hard to find trusted tradesmen”. David C, Whimple

“I took his name (Jack Burgess Aerial suppliers) from your book. He lived up to all claims: helpuful, considerate, punctual and professional”
Jill R, Ottery St Mary.



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