MatchPint and Useyourlocal Announce Partnership In Support Of UK Pubs

Move gives significant boost to the online visibility of over 4,000 UK pubs

MatchPint and Useyourlocal have today announced a new partnership to raise online visibility of sports pubs and bars in the UK. 

As part of the partnership, pubs and bars using MatchPint will now automatically advertise their fixture listings on Useyourlocal, the UK’s biggest online platform for pubs, massively growing the amount of customers they reach through search engines.

Sport remains a key reason for customers to visit pubs – as demonstrated by the moving of EPL kick-off times to coincide with the current 10pm curfew that applies to pubs in tiers 1 and 2.

Increasing visibility for MatchPint customers on Useyourlocal will help more customers find pubs in which to experience sport at its best, in safe environments.

“In times of crisis, partnerships and collaboration are more important than ever,” said Dom Collingwood, co-founder of MatchPint. “This partnership was born of a desire to make it as easy as possible for publicans to communicate with customers. The integration with Useyourlocal ensures pubs are able to reach the widest possible audience online with the click of a single button.”

Once connected, each venue’s sports offering will not only be seen by the 2.1M sports fans who use MatchPint to find venues showing sport each year, but also by the 6M web hits Useyourlocal receives annually.

“Pubs are busy fighting for their lives right now. As a result, any solutions need to be simple and seamless to implement,” said Marianne Rose, Marketing Manager at Trust Inns. “MatchPint’s new integration with Useyourlocal took seconds to implement and gives sport in our venues a tangible boost at zero extra cost and almost no effort to us.”

Sign Up to Help Out

Okay, okay, we hear you. Eat Out to Help Out was great wasn’t it? But now it’s over, what next?

Well, we’ve got thousands of pubs and hundreds drinks companies desperate to tell you what they’re up to and send you great money saving offers, directly to your inbox.

Simply join useyourlocal, follow all your favourite pubs and bars, and we’ll do the rest.

Never miss a quiz night, steak night or free pint of beer ever again.

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Interested?

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.

Cheers!

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.