Who are we?
A 2020 study*, found that 37pc of local business entrepreneurs were motivated to start their business because of a desire to provide goods or services to support their communities.
There are many reasons why local businesses are vital for UK; they hugely contribute to the UK economy, they create local jobs, many local businesses are unique add local innovations to the market, act as inspiration for local entrepreneurship, and more environmental friendly than the retail giants.
Over the last two decades, many local businesses are forced to compete with technology giants that have entered into the retail business. Local businesses are struggling to compete and are closing down with significant fallout on the UK economy and regional communities.
We believe that while the technology giants has a key role to play in the economy, a good balance of local and global businesses is vital for our community and future generations. We aim to create an online marketplace with advanced and user friendly technologies to enable local businesses meets the customer needs.
We have developed an affordable e-commerce platform for enabling online buying and selling for the UK’s local businesses. Our business incubator services in marketing & advertising, networking, web designing and women entrepreneurs group are designed with local businesses in mind.
As Ourlocalonline.com grows, we envision to bring sophisticated technology solutions in various aspects that will expand local business sector, inspire local innovations and encourage younger generation to confidently step into the local business sector.
*Let’s Do This: the Tata Entrepreneurship Report
MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCPath (Haematology)
Consultant Haematologist, NHS UK: 2005 - 2019
CEO Ourlocalonline.com: 2019 - Present
I have walked through my medical career from an inadequately equipped primary health centre in rural India to the generously funded Kings college hospital in the UK, well renowned for research and trial treatments.
In the UK, we are highly privileged when compared to many parts of the world, to have access to the advanced medical facilities and it made me realise even “hope” is not for everyone in this world.
I see the same divide between global internet corporations and local businesses when it is comes to use of advanced technology to make their business and services successful. There were 5.8 million small businesses at the start of 2019 and 50% of them are at the risk of closure due to competition from the global coporations. SMEs account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector therefire it is critical for all of us that the local businesses flourish.
It is in this inequality, I found a purpose to pursue a new path; decided to leave my Consultant haematology job at NHS.
The struggling sustainability of small businesses in an era of fast-paced internet habits is an imbalance I have chosen to work on.
Large technology companies like Amazon has isolated us from our community, although we cannot deny that they have provided the convenience of easy online shopping. As a result, we are less interactive to our locality and less aware of its unique offerings. The human touch to our interaction is fading.
My vision is to develop an online technology platform that integrates community, engages younger generation and promotes local businesses and trades with a human touch.
Meet Our Team
Our Technology Experts and Mentors
Entrepreneur, designer & technologist. Experienced technologist in the industry with over 20 years of experience designing advanced solutions for many large scale IT problems.
Multi Cloud/Full Stack solution architect with over two decades of diversified experience in Banking, Financial Services, retail and Telecommunications industries in UK.