My organisation needs to search for contacts within the regions/borders of England, Scotland, and Wales. This is important as our communications relate to elected representatives within devolved parliaments etc.
As all contacts in the UK have country 'United Kingdom' this is not easy.
Postcodes in the UK do not correspond to the borders between England/Scotland and England/Wales, and overlap significantly in some areas.
Postcode Areas and Postcode Districts (the 'SW' and '1W' in the post code 'SW1W 0NY') also do not correspond with the country borders, so it also isn’t possible to search on these (even using ‘Range’ or ‘Regex’).
Would it be possible to geocode the entire areas of England, Scotland, or Wales around known coordinates, and create smart groups based on these?
These three groups alone would be incredibly helpful, but it would be even better were it possible to import coordinates from Google Maps / OpenStreetMap searches (e.g. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Scotlandfirstname.lastname@example.org,-4.9607288,8z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4861e2c403f2a19f:0xe7c1fad809c30714!8m2!3d56.4906712!4d-4.2026458), that way other regions could also be quickly turned into Smart groups.
At present we are searching by postcode and excluding contacts using poorly defined 'radius' searches - so finding a better solution would make a huge difference to our work, and I'm sure to many organisation working in the UK.