Thomson Directories

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Thomson Directories, more commonly referred to as Thomson Local is a local business search company based in Farnborough, Hampshire, England. They are a subsidiary of Corporate Media Partners, and a competitor to the Yellow Pages.

Today, business listings are available both in print and online following the launch of in 2003.

174 editions of the Thomson Local are produced and delivered free of charge to over 22 million homes and businesses throughout the UK. Following the partnership formed in 2006, Thomson Local is the only classified directory that rewards people with Nectar points for calling businesses listed in either its online or printed directory. is powered by a comprehensive database with over 1.8 million businesses listed and additional content provided. With a variety of online advertising options, as well as being a Google Qualified Company, Thomson Local’s tailor made packages help promote businesses to an online audience that makes over 275 million searches a month across its partner network, which includes MSN, Pipex and Skype

With its head office in Farnborough, Hampshire, Thomson Local is an Investors in People Champion, with 10 regional sales offices throughout the UK.

The head of Thomson Directories Ltd is Chief Executive Officer, Elio Shiavo.[1]

Although best known for publishing the Thomson Local Directories and, Thomson Directories also provide database products through a variety of online and new media products and services. The data is also licensed to a variety of businesses for use in their products and services.

Thomson Local also operates a Direct Marketing Services team [2] giving small to medium sized businesses the ability to promote their services through direct mail, email and mail shot. Data is provided from the Thomson Local Database of Businesses, which is regarded as the market leading database within the industry

Thomson Directories has offices all over the UK including, Birmingham, London, Manchester,

The company was purchased by US West, a telecommunications company in the United States, in 1994.[3] In 1999, the company was sold by 3i to TDL Infomedia, a subsidiary of Apax Partners.[4]

The company was placed in Administration (law) in August 2013, and acquired by Corporate Media Partners.[5]


  1. ^ CEO
  2. ^ Direct Marketing Services
  3. ^ Fagan, Mary (20 May 1994). "US West pays 70m pounds for Thomson Directories: American telephone company continues to develop multimedia in UK". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ Baker, Lucy (31 July 1999). "3i sells Thomson guides for pounds 220m". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Thomson Local directory firm goes into administration". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 

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