There are a few good reasons for visiting a site like www.mylocalprices.co.uk/cost-guide in order to look for local prices & quotes when thinking of home improvements.
If you get a local company to quote its likely that they know their competitors quite well and are probably more likely to negotiate on pricing to get the contract. That may not always be the case, but it should be easier than dealing with a very big company with lots of overheads.
National companies do suffer from some bad press, but it could also be worthwhile getting a quote from them to really see the difference in local prices.
Because a local contractor does their business in your locality, if they make a bad job of it, would will quickly spread about their poor reputation, so it would be practical to think that you could get a more personal service from a local team who are keen to keep a good reputation.
If you use a company that is reasonable close to you, it could also mean that getting in touch with them should be quite easy – this could be important when th e work is in progress and for after sales service,
Give it a try next time.