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Points of Interest

Points of Interest® is the most comprehensive, location-based directory of all public and privately-owned businesses, education and leisure services in Britain.

Points of Interest contains over four million records, sourced and quality-checked from more than 100 leading listing suppliers. It's updated more than four times a year, so you'll always be working with current information.

You can tailor your order to just what you need - and our tiered classifications make it easy to narrow down your choices. So if you only want to know about businesses in Wigan or banks in Kent, we're here to help.

 

For the public sector, Points of Interest lets you identify gaps in services and analyse changes in city centre retail space over time. This helps you maintain a quality environment for your residents, shoppers and visitors.

Take your analysis beyond the address

Points of Interest GIS data can help to identify places by their use and function as well as by their postal address or location. Each record also contains a telephone number, web address and brand, where appropriate.

The nearest of anything, anytime

More than 45% of Points of Interest records are businesses. It shows the organisation and activity at commercial addresses in Great Britain, and includes the brand, phone number and web URL of major businesses.

Target the competition

Thanks to its detailed company classifications linked to addresses, you can conduct detailed competitor and site analysis for the potential location of your next high street outlet.

Specifications

Technical specification
Key FeaturesWhat this product offers
FormatText
ThemesAccommodation; eating and drinking; commercial services; attractions; sport and entertainment; education and health; public infrastructure; manufacturing and production; retail; transport.
Data structurePoints
Classification3-tier hierarchy (9 groups, 52 categories and 616 classes)
Key attributionUnique reference number, feature name, classification code, geo-code, positional accuracy code, topographic reference, road network reference, distance to nearest road, postal address detail, telephone number, web URL, brand, provenance.
SupplyDVD
Update frequencyQuarterly – March, June, September and December (full re-supply).
Total feature countMore than four million
CoverageGreat Britain

Points of Interest FAQs

Licensing

Points of Interest is available under the following licences:

Explore our data

You’re welcome to try out this data for free under our Data Exploration Licence.

Internal business use

When using OS data in your own business, you need our Framework Contract (Direct Customers) together with a data contract.

Creating products or services

To use this data commercially in your own products and services, or to distribute it, you will need to sign up to our Framework Contract (Partners) and a relevant defined use contract. This will vary depending on what you’re going to do with the data.

Sample data

Give it a try

Download a small area of Points of Interest sample data.

Or you can apply for a Data Exploration Licence to try out the real thing.

Case studies

OS helping HMRC to target financial support

This case study outlines how HMRC has used Ordnance Survey (OS) data to increase the take-up of tax credits so that disabled workers, people on low incomes, or those responsible for children, receive the benefits they deserve.