Postmasters in Warwickshire
are among the first in the country to turn their hands to being
webmasters as well.
The Post Office has linked up
with a new website, www.UKVillages.co.uk,
to provide community information.
As well as promoting each post
office as part of an area dedicated to a particular business,
postmaster will be able to offer extra services to customers,
including free classified advertising on the internet.
One of the post offices taking
part in the early stages of the project is Pailton, near Rugby.
Postmistress Susan Cook said:
"We were thinking of
setting up our own website when we heard about the UKVillages
project, so this came along at just the right time."
"As well as allowing us
to promote the services we offer, the website also provides a space
to advertise community events and the activities of clubs and
The agreement with UKVillages
gives 18,500 Post Office branches the chance to post information on
their own unique page, free of charge.
Information on opening times,
Post Office products and services can be included on the page, along
with a “Notepad“
section where subpostmasters can add their own special offers and
latest news, and customers can advertise items for sale free of
Each post office page is
accessed via a link on each village
Announcing the partnership
Deborah Maxwell, Head of Marketing for the Post Office said:
“Our branches are at the
heart of communities they serve and we are now offering all our
outlets the chance to be even more so through the internet.
"Our brand is
synonymous with trust, efficiency and respect and this new
partnership provides the opportunity for information on the Post
Office to be available on-line as well as in-store.”
Rupert Dick, founder and
director of UKVillages Ltd, welcomed the agreement and the impact it
will have on local communities. He said:
"UKVillages launched in
April this year as a result of wanting to bring every community in
the UK online for free.
“We obviously hit a real
need and were bowled over by the enthusiasm for the site.
“However, nothing we have
experienced to date prepared us for the extraordinary and immediate
involvement by sub-postmasters and Post Office branch managers
across the country.”