Trades Supermarket Appoints Punch Communications to Handle Integrated PR

By Punch Communications Ltd, PRNE
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LONDON, February 16, 2011 - The shopping comparison website for tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts,
fronted by celebrity DIY and gardening guru, Tommy Walsh, has appointed PR
Company ( Punch Communications to
handle its Integrated Search and PR (
and social media relations.

As part of the campaign activity, Punch will be officially launching the
site to the construction and DIY trade media, national dailies and consumer
titles and influential bloggers. A concurrent SEO campaign will run alongside
the PR activity and Punch will be managing the brand's social media.

As the UK faces its toughest recession since the 1930s, Trades
Supermarket launches at a welcome time for savvy tradespeople and consumers
who want to find the best deals on tools and materials. For consumers who
don't share the same skills as tradespeople, but want to 'have a go' - a
section on the site called 'Tommy's Trade Secrets' contains a portfolio of
video diaries by Tommy and his friends undertaking DIY tasks. The footage
provides helpful hints and tips and advises upon the necessary material and
tool requirements.

Tommy's Deals is another section on the site, this time dedicated to
bestsellers and deals of the week and is categorised by handtools,
powertools, workwear and materials.

In addition to listing the products of the UK's larger and more
well-known merchants including B&Q, Screwfix and Wickes, smaller independents
and niche operators are also on the site, providing an important balance of
materials, tools and prices, from brands such as Makita and Ryobi.

Commenting on the appointment, Steven Kemp, Director of Trades
Supermarket, said: "When looking for an agency we wanted to appoint a team
who not only had a good understanding of ecommerce, Online PR ( and SEO, but one
that could act as an extension of our team. With Punch we have found that
invaluable mix of expertise and personality."

Georgina Dunkley, Account Director at Punch Communications, added: "This
is an exciting time to be working with Trades Supermarket as we launch the
brand to market. It is a very forward thinking and astute business which was
borne out of the need to provide tradespeople and DIYers with good value
tools and materials. The credibility and expertise of Tommy Walsh also makes
the site an interesting proposition to the media, merchants and consumers."

Georgina Dunkley, +44(0)1858-411-600,

Georgina Dunkley, +44(0)1858-411-600, georgina.dunkley at

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