jmccormac - 3:10 pm on Apr 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
Yes but the user has to select the option to filter by country and Google's filter by country performance is not that good. Many US and Canadian cities and towns also have British equivalents and these results can often show up in the SERPs.
What I had in mind was a search engine with just UK and UK targeted websites so that the user could actually find what they wanted without the frustration of excluding out of area results. The initial set would be about 4 million .UK sites and a similar number of gTLD sites. A process that I've developed would cull spam/PPC parked and holding pages (this would significantly reduce the size of the initial set) from this set automatically so that even the early version of the SE would have relatively good content. The main problem at the moment is scalability.
And I am somewhat familiar with the way UK domains are sold. I certainly track a lot of them. :)