joins forces with Google for UK local classifed offering has announced a partnership with the global search engine giant Google to provide business listings and content for its UK local classified offering.

The partnership will benefit’s advertiser base by giving them exposure to Google’s search engine.

The deal will also give 130,000 unique advertisers and 2 million business listings on access to the Google community.

Businesses without websites will also be found in relevant searches with results showing their contact details and listings.

The development marks the growing toward online advertising; in 2004 it accounted for 3.2% of the total media spend, the equivalent of £597m.

The move also signifies a growing belief that global search engines can provide relevant and targeted local results. was launched in 1996 and provides a local search engine and online advertising medium for UK businesses.

Dr Eddie Cheng, president of said: “ Delivering effective local search requires specialist business information and experience.”

He added: “Joining forces with a global search engine builds on our position as a leading UK local search engine and extends the reach for our advertisers.”

By Helen Kaye