Broadband Access for Northwick Business Centre

 

Businesses at the Northwick Business Centre near Moreton-in-the-Marsh will soon benefit from faster broadband thanks to a grant from Fastershire.

Gloucestershire County Council’s broadband delivery project, Fastershire, created the Marches and Gloucestershire Broadband Grant to provide a bespoke solution for some of the hardest to reach businesses.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the grant provides up to 100% of the capital installation cost, up to £25,000 for any eligible small to medium sized business that still require access to faster broadband.

Jacquetta Whyatt-Watts, Strutt & Parker, site managing agents said, “Improved broadband access will have a significant impact for Northwick Business Centre and the businesses on the site.”

The Trustees are dedicated to improving the existing infrastructure to ensure that the site benefits from high speed broadband. With Fastershire’s support we worked to put together a collective application and sought a combined solution which is available and affordable to all tenants and businesses based on the site.”

Marcus Efstratiou, freelance senior copywriter, said, “Our wonderful rural business park is unique in many ways – but the broadband situation has always been dire. That’s why I’m so grateful that we’ve managed to secure funding from Fastershire for fast broadband here.

As a freelance consultant, a strong web connection is essential for my day-to-day operations – and I’m excited about not having to rely on satellite broadband any more, which breaks every time it rains!”

The grant online portal helps to match grant approved businesses with potential suppliers who can install a high speed connection. Glide Business, part of Glide group, specialises in providing connectivity solutions for businesses and were the selected supplier.

Simon Ward, Strategic Account Manager at Glide, said “We were delighted to be selected as the network provider for Northwick Business Centre.

“We give companies on business parks and industrial estates the competitive advantage by delivering our own ultrafast, reliable and assured broadband. Too many businesses are held back by slow, unreliable internet, and that’s why at Glide Business we deploy our own physical infrastructure.

“As part of our work under Fastershire’s business grant, we are supplying our fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) Business Broadband solution to all the business units on the business park, helping to support growth both for the businesses themselves and the area.”

Councillor Lynden Stowe, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth, said, “Gloucestershire County Council, through the Fastershire project is committed to providing businesses with the broadband access they need in order to grow and become more competitive.

“Northwick Business Centre is an example of Fastershire’s innovative approach to enable some of the county’s hardest to reach premises, by providing funding for bespoke solutions.”

Over the next two years, the project will increase superfast coverage to 98% of the county, with BT delivering for Fastershire in Cheltenham and Gloucester and Gigaclear providing a new full fibre network in rural areas. For the hardest to reach properties in the final 2%, Fastershire is using a mix of solutions, including possible contract extensions or grants to local businesses.