Unique Community Website Set to Boost Business and Bring Villages Closer Together

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Rural communities across Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties are being given a boost by a unique new website aimed at helping local people & businesses and improving inter-village communication. The website is called Village Friend and can be found at http://www.villagefriend.com.

The community-sharing website is the brainchild of Swalcliffe businessman John McArthur who has lived and worked in Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire with wife Karen for the past 13 years.

“I’ve created a website that’s simple and easy to use and is totally 100% free. It’s a facility for local people to create & manage adverts for their own community information, events, businesses, goods & services. They’ll be able to produce adverts equal to 1-page websites but they won’t need web designers or administrators as they can do it all themselves. Our aim is to create a ‘village friend’ who knows everything about everything in the area and is always there when you need them,” John said.

Village Friend Features

Community Section – Community related information from Bus Timetables to Bin Collections, Farmers Markets to Recycle Centres. Create adverts for fetes & shows, charities & fund raising, church & school information plus Wanted, Giveaways and Lost & Found sections.

Business Section – Local business adverts promoting what’s available to people in their village and surrounding areas. Customers can even leave Testimonials on the advert for others to read.

Buy & Sell Section – People can sell one-off items or businesses can sell multiple goods, ‘eBay’ style but with zero costs or commission. Buyers know their purchases will be a short journey away - everything is local - reducing the need for costly delivery services. Buyers can give ‘feedback’ on the transaction and the products or items.

Superior Adverts – People create & manage their own web-page sized adverts. 3000 characters of text (fonts, sizes & colours), up to 8 images (slideshow presentation), Google maps, website link, social networking links, Spam protection and each advert is recognized individually by search engines like Google, not just inside Village Friend. Visitors can decide how local they want to be by using the Radius Search facility.

“Village Friend will help to boost local business & employment. It will create greater communication for locals among the many villages, which are generally only a few miles apart. Buying & selling locally and using local services is not only financially rewarding for local communities, it also helps the environment by reducing our carbon footprint & food miles. We can all use less fuel and resources by ‘keeping it local’ and we can take advantage of our excellent local skills & produce,” John said.

“I look forward to the Village Friend being a useful tool for local people and hope it will encourage local communities to share more,” John added.

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