Bargain hunting has become not only a fun hobby, but also a necessity for lots of us. Recently a new deal sharing website, LatestDeals, has launched in the UK, and I got to interview one of the co-founders, Tom Church, about not only this latest venture, but also about his interesting career to date…
Hi Tom, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed today. Tell us a bit about yourself and Latest Deals.
I am the co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, a deal sharing community. It’s a place you can share any deals, discounts, voucher codes, coupons, competitions, freebies and money saving tips to help others. Unlike other sites, it’s all genuine deals from real people – follow Emma’s profile here.
You’ve had a varied career to date, working in PR and and a bespoke suit tailor. What have you enjoyed doing the most?
I’ve had a very varied career and most of it stems from money troubles when I was at University. I struggled to pay my rent and had to miss most of my lectures so that I could work. I had three jobs and worked night shifts most of the week. When I graduated I got a job at a big corporate PR agency. It wasn’t my dream job but I had to take it.
A short while later I left to follow a passion: suit tailoring. It was with a small family-run business which I loved. Creating bespoke suits for men in London, it was like a different world.
The comparison between the two was like chalk and cheese. While PR was stressful and not very rewarding, tailoring was the best job one could dream of for work life balance.
After years of tailoring, I decided it would be nice to help people who are in a similar situation to how I was at University. LatestDeals was born to help people save money.
I love getting a great deal – why do you think that we are becoming more and more obsessed with bargains?
I think it’s more that the cost of living has gone through the roof and people are being driven to find more deals, discounts and bargains. Rents and property prices are the biggest drivers, but energy bills, smaller pensions, reduced child benefit and more all mean we have lower amounts of money to spend. Anyone who works in public services has had their pay frozen, and even in the private sector salaries have gone up the slowest in three decades. Finding a bargain has become a necessary part of many people’s lives. Yet, it’s something that when you begin to become thrifty – as you so brilliantly show – you realise you’ve been paying too much anyway all this time.
LatestDeals is my way to fight back and help people who have been affected by such things.
LatestDeals showcases some of the best bargains around, what has been your best bargain to date?
A case of wine from Marks & Spencer for £3.50 was a very special deal. I enjoyed drinking that. Free tubs of ice cream go down well too. However, my personal favourite deal was when I surprised my parents one year with a flight price glitch that meant I could afford to go to Malaysia (where they retired to) and visit them. The deals are always so varied I’ve heard many stories already of how it’s helped people in many ways.
Google calls you the sexiest man in Britain, how did that come about?
Haha! I wasn’t sure if you’d ask about that! If you Google “sexiest man in Britain”, or “Britain’s sexiest man”, I come up a lot. I would love to say it’s because it’s true, or that GQ gave me Man of the Year Award. But it didn’t. Instead, I tricked Google by manipulating it’s search algorithms so that my picture came up top! I don’t know how long it’ll stay up there for, but it’s definitely a cool way to be introduced.
- LatestDeals.co.uk is a deal sharing community that’s free to join
- It also shares the very best deals and bargains on Facebook
- Available as a website, with iOS and Android apps coming soon
- Co-founders include Deepak of LatestFreeStuff and Kelsey of Pedlar
- Tom is on Twitter @tomchurch
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