About Textlocal

Bringing instant communication to every business for pennies

Since one moment of inspiration in September 2005...

We help over 121,000 businesses send up to 40 million messages per month. We know a thing or two about mobile messaging.

The once humble mobile phone has evolved to become the most used communication tool in existence. Over the last nine years, Textlocal have been at the forefront of business mobile messaging. Our in-house, award winning technical team like nothing better than to innovate and build tools optimized for delivery on mobile phones that meet real business needs. We deal with businesses every day. We know the challenges you face and we understand your needs.

Our emphasis is on efficiency, integration and ease of use. Our Messenger platform has been built with this in mind, along with some really useful added extras such as tracking, surveys, attachments, ticketing, analytics, campaign management tools and much more.

Our ethos encompasses a complete dedication to exceeding customer expectations, and this has been highly commended by industry experts. The awards have just kept coming. We have been listed as a Media Momentum top 20 fastest growing digital agency across Europe for the last three years, won a Chamber Business Award for innovation, a DMA Honours award for marketing Innovation and also shortlisted for the best marketing services company. This adds to our collection including Global Messaging Award for our exceptional messaging infrastructure, and Digital and Media Entrepreneurs of the year.

Our ever growing staff base is made up of passionate, dedicated people who believe completely in how Textlocal can revolutionise the communication structure of any business. As the awards keep coming in and our customers remain extremely satisfied, we know Textlocal is an exciting company to be involved with on any level.

Senior Management Team

Sometimes it's nice to put a face to a name, so below you'll find a little bit about the people behind Textlocal...

Alastair Shortland TextLocal founder photo

Alastair Shortland, CEO and Founder

Alastair founded Textlocal as a bedroom start up and built "version 1" of Messenger. His driving vision was to introduce the power of mobile messaging to the mass market - simple, low cost instant communication for any business, service or community group. He now leads a team of technology experts at the Malvern Hills Science Park, managing the flow of more than 30 million SMS texts per month, Customer Support and Product Development. Alastair studied Computer Science in Nottingham before working for the Defence giant QinetiQ, and then on several projects for The Met Office and European Air Traffic Control. He is now a mobile marketing expert and evangelist and is happy to talk at length any time about the subject with anyone who will listen!

Darren Daws

Darren Daws, Chairman

Darren graduated from Loughborough University, and spent the next 20 years working his way up the ladder in numerous marketing roles working for famous brands like B&Q, HBOS, AIG and Dixons Stores Group. Over the last seven years, he has used his skills successfully bringing the Textlocal service to market. You may find him speaking about mobile at high profile events, or in the press. Darren is a member of the DMA Council.

Jason Palgrave-Jones

Jason Palgrave-Jones, Managing Director

Jason runs our Chester office, spearheading the Sales and Marketing function, which includes Customer Service, Client Services and Public Relations. After studying Business Management at the University of Wales, he has spent the past 25 years working in various senior management & Board roles for brands like Capital Bank, Bank of Scotland, HBoS, Capital Incentives & Motivation, Accor Services, and more recently as UK General Manager for Argos and Homebase as part of The Home Retail Group. In his spare time Jason is a keen sailor, country field sports enthusiast and a bit of a foodie!

James Nunnerley

James Nunnerley, IT Director

James leads the technical functions from our Malvern Office. An experienced developer, he oversees the development, implementation and support of Textlocal's industry leading mobile messaging platforms. He is always happy to discuss solutions with customers and work out ways in which our systems can be improved or integrated with new partners/software via our APIs. He has worked in a number of sectors, including local government and tourism, ISPs and retail. James is a keen cyclist, and commutes the 20 miles to the office regularly.

Technical Team

Unlike many competitors, we have an in-house technical team giving us total flexibility to mould and develop our technology to suit the needs and desires of our customers. Our experienced team work on the philosophy that if a customer wants something new that would be useful for other customers, we can implement it freely and quickly. We are extremely proud of the fact that we can make technological changes and improvements to Messenger simply and directly in response to our customer feedback. This customer-led innovation is how many of our services have evolved. Our customers know that they have access at all times to technical support and most queries are dealt with within the hour.

Customer Service Team

It takes a matter of minutes to set up a Messenger account and it will be ready with 10 free text credits straight away. But, if you have any questions or would like to have one of our services explained to you then that's fine too.

At Textlocal our overall customer service strategy is anchored around finding a solution for our customers in all circumstances. Our friendly team are at the end of the phone within office hours, and out of hours we have an answer service which is picked up next working day answering any queries as quick as we can. Our customers tell us they like this level of service in the hundreds of testimonials they've written about us. Any customer can contact a member of the team via phone, email, through their Messenger account, or even chat live online to our team. You can also ask us to call you back so it won't cost you a penny.

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