We’re hiring

Job Vacancy: Senior PHP Full Stack Developer

Located in our lovely office in Newcastle city centre, useyourlocal is the UK’s leading digital platform for pubs & bars.

With over 50,000 pubs listed on the site and some half a million visitors every month, we provide a digital platform that connects brands, pubs and consumers through the notification of news, offers and events. We also provide and manage high-quality website templates for pubs, helping them to maximise their digital marketing activities and ultimately getting more people to go to the pub more often.

We are looking for a senior developer to lead the development of the individual products within the useyourlocal platform.


  • Development of new functionality on the platform
  • Improving & maintaining existing functionality
  • Advise management on appropriate technical solutions to business challenges

Required skills

  • Modern, performant, object-oriented PHP
  • HTML – semantic and accessible markup
  • CSS – including modern layout with Grid & Flexbox
  • MySQL – creating and updating performant queries and setting up new data structures
  • JavaScript – client side, both vanilla & jQuery
  • Version control – ideally Git
  • Strong understanding of how to build secure web apps
  • Domains & DNS configuration

Desirable skills

  • Amazon S3
  • Basic understanding of other AWS products such as ElastiCache, EC2 and RDS
  • An eye for design and a familiarity with industry standard design software

Bonus skills (things we use that we don’t expect you to know, but would be great if you did)

  • Sphinx search
  • Vue.js
  • Docker
  • Basic Nginx configuration

What it’s like to work at useyourlocal HQ?

We’re a small but perfectly-formed team and we all share, and live by, the same values: we’re driven to succeed, incredibly tenacious, pragmatic by choice, creative by nature and highly convivial.

What’s more we all love pubs – so if the thought of working on, talking about and visiting the nation’s hostelries leaves you cold, or you prefer a quiet, library-style atmosphere, this probably isn’t the job for you.

  • Place of work: Newcastle city centre – any split between office and home working can be agreed.
  • Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and occasionally as required outside these hours (although we are a modern employer that isn’t ruled by the clock)
  • Holiday allowance: 25 days pa (plus statutory Bank Holidays)
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Friendly and flexible working environment
  • Pay & rations: £35-45k depending on experience


Then drop us a line, telling us why you think you’re the perfect fit for the role and attaching your CV. Send it to [email protected] and we’ll take it from there.


How to add your pub to our Eat Out to Help Out Pubfinder

We are updating our Eat Out to Help Out Pubfinder directly from the information provided to us by .GOV.UK so there should be nothing you need to do. However, if your pub still isn’t listed for some reason then it’s really easy to add it yourself.

Simply find your pub by searching for it on useyourlocal.com. Click through to your pub’s homepage on our site and follow the link to “edit” your pub (you will need to join us first and be signed in, but don’t worry, it’s free to do and only takes a minute.) Then, simply “edit” your pub and click the checkbox that says “Eat Out to Help Out” that can be found in the list of your General attributes.

That’s it. Within a few minutes your pub will show up on our Eat Out to Help Out Pubfinder, making it really easy for people to find you and come a spend their lovely money in your lovely pub!

Thatchers £1M Cider Giveaway

As pubs and bars get the news allowing them to open their doors once again from 4th July, Thatchers Cider are pledging £1million of cider to help British Pubs get back to business.

Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cider maker explains, “We want to help pubs get back to business after this immensely tough period for them. Getting their businesses up and running again in the new normal will be just as challenging. By supporting free-trade pubs across the UK with this pledge, we hope it will really help them financially for when they’re able to get the pints pouring once again.”

Martin continues, “As an industry we have to pull together and do what we can to help pubs and bars get back on their feet.”

Thatchers is asking pubs to fill in an online form at www.thatcherscider.co.uk/thatcherspledge/ to apply for their free cider.

This is Steve

Meet Steve. He’s just delivered a parcel to our house. It turns out that Steve is the licensee at one of the pubs we power a website for – The Ox & Plough, Washington.

A truly fantastic example of the work ethic that people in our industry have. When the going gets tough, Steve gets going!

Outstanding work Steve – we simply can’t wait to come in for a pint when you’re back open. Top fella!

Takeaway Pubfinder

We’ve had so many people getting in touch to ask us if we know of any pubs near them offering Takeaways, that we thought we’d better launch our very own Takeaway Pubfinder.


We’re already making plans to get Ant & Dec to front our national ad campaign. Fingers crossed!

* It’s free and easy for any pub to add themselves to our Takeaway Pubfinder. Click here to find out how to put your local on our takeaway map.