Database offers helping hand to companies

Consultancies small and large can take advantage of the institute's online directory to raise their profile across all sectors, maintains Simon Owen.

The RTPI Online Directory of Planning Consultants is a web-based and printed listing of more than 500 firms providing professional services. It is the official site for consultancies that operate in the UK and internationally and provides users with up-to-date information about companies that can provide the service and experience they require.

Your company can benefit from a greater UK and global audience, more traffic being driven to your website, a web presence for consultancies that do not yet have their own company website, a listing in the only RTPI-endorsed directory, more than 600,000 page views in a year with 40,000 unique visits from more than 130 countries - 65 per cent of visitors in 2009 were new - and inclusion in the printed directory and regional leaflets distributed free across the industry.

The online service allows a consultancy to decide on the level of company information it wishes to add to the site. Entry in the online directory guarantees firms to be listed in the printed directory and the relevant regional leaflet, to be published in January next year. The directory and regional leaflets are distributed free to all local authorities, libraries, citizen advice bureaux and Planning Aid and RTPI regional offices. The online directory is also important for the end user.

This service offers the knowledge that firms listed provide the services of RTPI members. The comprehensive database gives easy access and enables users to search for consultants at many levels. Most importantly, this service is free to users and the site is continually updated all year by firms, giving access to the most up-to-date consultancy information available.

Simon Owen is directory manager. If you wish to list or renew your entry, you can benefit from an early booking offer. For more details, please call 020 7960 5663 or email or visit

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