"I've used local forms of advertising before, but none as professional or as slick of the Village Link publication. The whole process was extremely efficient, my draft advert, which I was extremely pleased with, being sent out shortly after I placed the order. Not long after the mag was circulated, I received the first enquiry and from this, took on some new clients. The Village Link took my own advertising out to areas around Carlisle that would've taken me too long to cover myself. I will be using Village Link again to advertise and I recommend any business wanting to get themselves known in Carlisle and the surrounding area to have a word with Andrew".
EMMA [Optimum Kinetics]
"Our “cut-out” advert had a fantastic response. We gained 150 new clients who came into our Hair and Beauty salon with the voucher
TOM BOYD [Boyd Hair and Beauty]
"I first advertised in Village Link two years ago and I have provided a regular editorial feature since setting up my own business 18 months ago. It has been a pleasure to deal with Andrew and Michaela and they have both been extremely helpful at all times. The magazine is hand delivered to 10,000 households in villages around Carlisle and the catchment areas are amongst the most affluent in North Cumbria. The magazine is extremely well presented and the content is of high quality. It is unique in the area. I have completed several pieces of business as a result of using the magazine and am sure that my profile in the area is developing as a result of the articles. I have no hesitation in recommending the use of either advertisements or editorials in the magazine.".
MIKE TURNEY [Mike Turney Wealth Management]
"Thank you Village Link for such a great boost to my new venture. I have been overwhelmed by the response I have had from my advert in your magazine, I did not imagine for one minute it would generate so much work from the outset, it has been truly amazing. You are a great team and I look forward to our continued relationship".
IAN FERGUSON [IAN'S PRESSURE WASHING SERVICE]
"Hi Andrew. I have been meaning to drop you a line to say a big thank you for running the Village Link magazine and the Crossword Competition in particular, it was a huge pleasure and wonderful surprise to win the Jan / Feb issue. I find the Village Link magazine informative and useful; having sourced a local electrician from it to do a repair at our Church, St. Peter’s, Kingmoor. Keep up the good work!"
F.CLARK [LOWRY HILL]
"Hi Village Link! Just wanted to say a big thank you for the 911 tickets, really enjoyed the show last night, great atmosphere and I feel at least 10 years younger! This was great timing as it's my birthday this week, so thanks again".
M. SKINNER [COMPETITION WINNER OF 911 CONCERT TICKETS]
"I chose Village Link for many reasons; wanting to hit our target audience, excellent quality publication, very good value for money etc. I would have no hesitation in recommending other businesses to use Village Link as a means of positive advertising. We ran a relatively small ad offering an incentive hoping to attract customers to our boutique. This one ad brought us a very healthy return. We were delighted. The team at Village Link can not be more helpful and efficient".
JANE COULTHARD [JIGGERY POKERY]
"Thank you so much for the advert in the May/June issue. I’m still working my way through the 30 plus calls I’ve received from prospective customers. If only I had the time and energy to take on all these new customers. It’s proof that for local businesses using local advertising is the best way to locate local customers."
JASON HINDMOOR [GARDEN MAINTENANCE SERVICES]
"Village Link has proved to be an inexpensive for of avertising; getting directly to the customer base for our business. We can monitor the response by making the adverts "cut-out" vouchers, which Andrew (editor) suggested, who you will find helpful with many ideas for your advertising needs."
TOM BOYD [BOYD HAIR AND BEAUTY]
"We at ConserVclean have been advertising in Village Link for nearly two years and it has been worth every penny. We have tried other publications in the past, some more successful than others, but Village Link is up there at the top. It is obvious from speaking to people that it is popular and well read, and it has, for us, been well worth the investment".
MICK MCFARLANE [CONSERVCLEAN]
"Like many other businesses, I am bombarded with "Do you want to put an advert in our magazine" phone calls. However, when I actually saw the Village Link Magazine on my kitchen table I picked it up, read it right through, and thought - yes, I do want to put an advert in your magazine. I had such a quick response to my first advert that I definitely will be a regular advertiser. The owners are local Carlisle people who can quickly nip and see you if necessary unlike many other faceless advertising companies".
ANDREW EDGAR [ORCHARD GROUNDS MAINTENANCE]
"Thank you for the advert! It's definitely worked! - Will be after another in the next issue"
AJ [THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND, CASTLE CARROCK]
"Village Link is the perfect publication to advertise to our local customers. We always get a measurable response which is, in itself, an endorsement of the quality of the publication, produced by a quality team. The response to our adverts has always been brilliant, and we look forward to working with them again in the future."
PAUL HICKS [GENERAL MANAGER, THE CROWN HOTEL, WETHERAL]
A big thank you to Village Link. We continue to be very impressed with the quality of the publication and your own expertise and service. The magazine design, the full colour, and the variety makes it a pleasure to read, and you maintain an excellent blend of local interest articles to appeal to a good cross-section of customers. From our point of view this is key as many of the publications we are invited to advertise in appear to be just a 'list of adverts' crudely put together. The advertising rates are excellent - especially when compared with the competition, and we have had business directly from the magazine every time we advertise. We have also really appreciated the expertise in the design of our advertising, including your help with billboard advertising and our website. The knowledge and design flair, along with the service you offer is something we know we can always rely on. Thanks again and we wish you every success."
MORE HANDLES LTD [KINGSTOWN, CARLISLE]
"The Village Link gives us an ideal way of advertising to our local customers in a quality publication, which is simply not catered for in any other way, radio is too expensive and other magazines are likewise. We can guarantee that our message is going to be read by just the right customers and we can really target this accordingly, perfect!"
VICTORIA FARLEY [LANERCOST TEAROOM AND RESTAURANT]
"Village Link is the perfect solution for our advertising needs. I'm constantly on the lookout for new and cost effective ways of advertising and Village Link delivers every time. A great local publication, always worth reading and a fantastic customer response. Keep up the good work!"
STEPHEN DENT [DAWSON AND SANDERSON]
"There is no doubt that Village Link has been the best advertising investment I could of made for my new business. I am chuffed to bits and so many comment on seeing my advert".
SIMON SMITH [SGS GAS AND OIL SERVICES]
"We have found Village Link to be a great place to advertise as it is such a succinct magazine that your advert doesn’t get lost or overlooked. Along with our website, Village Link is the only medium we have found to be constructive for our business".
JANE FERGUSON [PINK LEAF CATERING]
"I now only rely on 'word-of-mouth' and Village Link for all my advertising as I can see that it works".
KRIS STAINTON [KS ELECTRICAL]
"Without it [my Village Link advert] I wouldn't have been able to get my business going so quickly".
CAROL WESTMORLAND [PILATES CUMBRIA]
"I've had a great response from my advert in Village Link. It really has been a success! Thank you for such helpful and friendly service. Will be repeating my lovely advert".
HELEN [CUTTING CABIN]
"I think Village Link is the best FREE Community Magazine Carlisle has ever seen".
TERRY [CASANOVA MENSWEAR]
"I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I would like to advertise with you again next month. The response so far has been fantastic. I spent five times as much advertising in the Cumberland news last month and received far less enquiries than I did from the advert I placed in the village link. Thanks again".
"We have had a tremendous response from our series of adverts in the Village Link Magazine.We will definitely be re-advertising. The ad has paid for itself time and time again. We love the size and the quality feel the magazine has".
MICK McFARLANE [CONSERVCLEAN]
"The response I've had from just my first advert has been invaluable - thanks!"
HOWARD FISHER [HANDY HOWARD]
Everyone I meet says "I saw your advert in the Village Link Magazine" which is great and shows it is working. The work I get in from the advert comes through thick and fast."
DANIEL SMITH [PAINTER AND DECORATER]