United Kingdom Phone Books

Dialing code: +44   ·   ISO code: GBR

Searchme4

Basic business directory with clear result listings - phone numbers visible straightaway and a map to show the location.

UK Business Directory Ltd

Small but functional business site with over 10,000 self-submitted businesses. As the companies add their own listing, it's not fully comprehensive. For example, only two hotels are listed for Salisbury, Wilts. Maps are included with the results (you need to click on 'more info' on the results list to get the telephone number and additional information such as the website link). It also tries to link to the weather in the area but it doesn't work (just goes to the generic London weather).

Checkatrade

Trade-based business directory. You won't find hotels or travel agents here but if you're looking for a plumber or electrician then this site provides it. The website bases its entries on good feedback from previous customers so it doesn't include all trades, just reliable ones.

Cylex UK

Comprehensive business directory searchable by keyword or category. Includes reviews from users of the services or companies. Also has links to vouchers and companies with special offers. Results show maps, full details including websites and also, quite handily, other similar local businesses or services.

Yell

Comprehensive Yellow Pages directory for businesses in the UK. Includes maps and reviews from users.

Local Life

Business directory which also provides information about the local area such as things to do and hotels. Simple to use business and services directory with user reviews which are useful when deciding which to choose. It has a 'get a quote' section quite prominently on the front page but if you're just looking for the telephone number of a service or company then use the search boxes at the top of the screen with keywords or the categories further down. You will need to click on the 'call' icon to show the telephone number.

Scoot

Business directory for the UK.

BT - The Phone Book

British Telecom's Directory Enquiries service, giving phone numbers of people and businesses in the UK. The place, or at least part of postcode, needed for each search. Number of searches per day/month is limited for each user. Includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey. Also in Welsh.

TouchLocal

Simple to use business directory site - the phone numbers are clear and visible on the results. Search via keyword or category.

ukphonebook.com

To see any listings (of businesses and people), you have to register (for free). The searches are a little more flexible than the BT site, finds people or business "near" a place so location is less crucial. Now limited to five free searches (credits) a day. Information provided by Simunix who also work on the 118 365 directory assistance number.

UK Small Business Directory

Business directory with over 200,000 listings. Not the most user friendly in terms of finding something in a location right away - you can't type in a type of business and location (for example, hotels in Birmingham). You type in what you're looking for and then have to scroll through all the entries which are arranged in an alphabetical order. There are drop down options for ordering the results if you're searching by town or category but it's clunky and not the easiest to find things. There is also a distinct lack of telephone numbers included on the entries - some companies have them listed but you need to click on the telephone icon below the address to get to it.

Whitepages

People search using surname and location - leads you to the Peopletracer site which requires registration and payment if you intend to search for large amounts of data.