About Us

dentons is your local directory.

Over 50 years serving local communities.

For more than five decades, we’ve helped local businesses reach thousands of new customers.

The first dentons was published in Bath in 1967. More than fifty years later, we now distribute over 500,000 directories to more than 50 areas in the South West.

Simple. Affordable. Effective.

We offer fuss-free, targeted advertising for all businesses to suit all budgets. Research shows that most people want to buy goods and services from businesses in their area. This is why dentons has built such a trusted reputation with users and advertisers over the years.

Accurate, useful and always at hand, our directories are the first place people turn to find local businesses which is why our customers come back to us, year after year.

The Complete Solution.

From directory and online advertising to your very own website, at dentons, we offer the complete package.

dentons don’t just produce quality, effective business directories: dentons.net is our online national business directory giving you the same accuracy of information found in our printed directory.

If that’s not enough, our Creative Services has been designing and building bespoke websites and effective web solutions for over 10 years.

Origins of Dentons Directories


In 1967 and working from his home in Bath, John Denton (left) developed an idea to create a local business and services directory to bring in advertising revenue with copies then delivered free to every residential and commercial address within the Bath area and as such, the first ever dentons directory came to be.

When the Bath directory proved successful, John expanded the idea to the surrounding area. The directories took on a distinctive visual style, the front cover of each directory being a hand drawn sketch by John Denton’s son, Roger.

The original Bath cover is shown below.

In 1985, Roger Denton joined his father in the business, with his brother Robin Denton following a year later. Roger and Robin bought the business from their father in 1988 and in 1989, Dentons Directories Ltd was formed. In 1994, Ken Birleson joined the board as a Director.

In recent years, the number of printed directories has increased to 25 and national directory information is now available online through dentons.net. Dentons also offers digital marketing services through its in-house creative department.

In 2011, the company purchased Bridge House in Westbury and relocated its operations there.

Our people.

At Dentons, everyone is encouraged to play a part in driving the business forward. We recognise our people as our greatest asset and we are proud to include in our team, long-servers who have been with the company for over 15 years, with some approaching 20 years.

Our board.

Our Board has responsibility for the continued overall development of the company.

Robin Denton

Managing Director
with Dentons since 1985

Dave Birleson

Sales Director
with Dentons since 2000

Chris Birleson

Finance Director
with Dentons since 2002

Our management team.

Our Management Team has responsibility for day-to-day departmental operations.

Phil Plested

Head of Creative
with Dentons since 2023

Annette Oddy

Area Sales Manager
with Dentons since 2004

Tony Heywood

Head of SEO
with Dentons since 2016

Our customer services team.

We have a dedicated team of experienced professionals to help guide you through the wide range of our products and services.

Kath Coley

Sales Consultant
with Dentons since 2017

Lisa Cawkill

Sales Consultant
with Dentons since 2022

Andrea Martin

Sales Executive
with Dentons since 2023

More of our key people.

Our key people bring a wealth of reliable experience to the Dentons’ team.

Matt Vowles

Lead Designer
with Dentons since 2019

James Baxter

Graphic Designer and Delivery Driver
with Dentons since 2003

Ali Rex

with Dentons since 2018

Marianne Spratt

with Dentons since 2000

Tracie Maton

with Dentons since 2013

Rich Chappell

with Dentons since 2016

Lucille Parker

with Dentons since 2014

Dave McGuffog

Web Design & SEO
with Dentons since 2011

Tom Honeychurch

SEO Consultant
with Dentons since 2023

Sarah Candy

Digital Sales Account Manager
with Dentons since 2023

Sam Sandars

Account Manager
with Dentons since 2021

Dominic Cross

Account Manager
with Dentons since 2023

Jennifer Brabbins

Senior Project Manager
with Dentons since 2024

Will Moss

Lead Developer
with Dentons since 2023