Trinity Mirror has launched a network of local free marketplace sites across the UK, as part of its growth strategy for digital media.

The sites, branded Adzooks.co.uk, have launched in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, Coventry and Teesside. Further launches are planned in other areas over the next few months.

Adzooks.co.uk covers over 70 categories of ads including flats to let, items for sale, dating and encounters, local services, community news and information, jobs, local events, and messageboards. Users can post ads, listings and messages on the sites for free.

This new network of local community classified sites is intended to capitalise on the increasing use of the internet to search for bargains and hard-to-find items.

The sites, aimed at private advertisers, complement Trinity Mirror's existing newspaper and online classified services, including its investment in Fish4.co.uk and its recently-launched network of local job sites.

Users can browse or search for ads, post ads for free, subscribe to receive the latest ads in each category by email, or subscribe to RSS feeds to deliver Adzooks.co.uk ads to their desktop.

David Black, Trinity Mirror's Director of Digital Media, Regionals, said:
"These launches demonstrate Trinity Mirror's commitment to leadership in local classifieds.

"The sites are about strengthening our presence in core markets and connecting with users in local communities in new ways."

Notes to Editors:

Adzooks.co.uk site URLs:
· http://london.adzooks.co.uk/
· http://liverpool.adzooks.co.uk/
· http://newcastle.adzooks.co.uk/
· http://cardiff.adzooks.co.uk/
· http://coventry.adzooks.co.uk/
· http://teesside.adzooks.co.uk/

- Trinity Mirror's digital activities moved into profit for the first time in 2004 and are now growing fast. They are a key pillar of the company's growth strategy.

- The aim in Trinity Mirror's regional business is to become a true multi-platform local publishing and advertising business, deepening its presence in core markets across the UK.

Published on: 12:00AM on 11th October 2005