Businesses in line for boost from Connecting Shropshire
Battlefield Enterprise Park becomes first in the county to start to benefit from £24.6m partnership between Shropshire Council and BT;
Businesses invited to event to gain insight into benefits of fibre broadband
Firms at a business park on the outskirts of Shrewsbury are the latest to reap the
benefits of the multi-million pound rollout of high-speed fibre broadband by
Battlefield Enterprise Park in Harlescott has become the first business park in
the county to start benefitting from the partnership between Shropshire Council and
Today (Tuesday) saw the ‘switch on’ of four new fibre broadband roadside
cabinets in the Harlescott area, with others to follow serving in total around 3,500
homes and businesses in the Harlescott area.
Engineers will complete the upgrade works that will serve most businesses on
the Battlefield Enterprise Park over the coming weeks.
When an area has ‘gone live’, businesses and residents can order fibre
broadband from a wide range of internet service providers as the network is open to
all providers on an open, wholesale basis, thereby ensuring competitive prices. They
will be able to enjoy download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and
upload speeds of up to 20Mbps*.
To coincide with this latest development, Connecting Shropshire has
organised a free drop-in session specifically tailored towards helping local
businesses wanting to know more about how they might benefit from the new
It’s being held at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Vanguard Way,
Battlefield Enterprise Park, SY1 3TG, on Wednesday, January 29, from 12 noon until
6.30pm, with advisors from Connecting Shropshire and the Council’s Business and
Enterprise team on hand throughout. Any local business is welcome to attend.
More information about the roll-out of fibre broadband is available from the
Connecting Shropshire website: www.connectingshropshire.co.uk
Connecting Shropshire is a partnership between Shropshire Council, BT and
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) that will enable more than 62,000 homes and
businesses in Shropshire (excluding Telford and Wrekin) to access faster broadband
by the end of Spring 2016.
It builds on BT’s own commercial rollout which will bring fibre broadband to
more than 123,000 homes and businesses across the county by the end of Spring.
The combined investment programmes will mean 93 per cent of homes and
businesses in the Shropshire Council area will have access to fibre broadband by
the end of Spring 2016.
Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council Cabinet member with responsibility for
broadband, said: “I’m really happy to see the first roadside cabinet to provide fibre
based broadband to a business park. Connecting Shropshire is starting to provide
access to fibre broadband in a number of communities which would not have
benefitted without the intervention of the Council. I’m especially keen to see local
businesses embrace faster broadband to boost their productivity and long-term
Ian Binks, BT’s regional manager for Shropshire and the West Midlands, said:
“Increasingly we’re seeing how the internet is impacting on almost every aspect of
our lives. That’s why the availability of faster fibre broadband is so important.
“High-speed broadband enables everyone to do things faster and more
effectively, recent research evidencing that up to six out of 10 small businesses can
grow faster as a result of better connectivity while 83 per cent can save time and
money. Evidence also shows that jobs can be safeguarded and created with a high
speed broadband connection.”
Nick Chavasse MBE, Shropshire Business Board champion for broadband,
added: “It’s good news for the local economy that Connecting Shropshire is starting
to provide access to fibre based broadband for businesses in the Harlescott area of
Shrewsbury. Battlefield Industrial Estate and Enterprise Park is the largest
concentration of businesses in the Shropshire Council area. Fast and reliable
broadband connectivity helps businesses to work smarter in a number of ways,
including communicating better and exploiting new market opportunities”.
Notes to editors
*These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.
For further information about this news release please contact: Emma Tennant at the BT Regional press office on 0800 085 0660 or email: emma.tennant@btcom (All BT news releases can be read at www.bt.com/newscentre) or
Callum McLagan at the Shropshire Council press office on 01743 255939 or email email@example.com (All Shropshire Council news stories can be read at http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/)
Connecting Shropshire programme website: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/
About Connecting Shropshire
Connecting Shropshire is the name given to the programme bringing fibre based broadband to areas where it isn’t economically viable for commercial companies to provide it. It is a partnership between Shropshire Council, BT and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) that will enable more than 62,000 homes and businesses in Shropshire (excluding Telford and Wrekin) to access faster broadband by the end of Spring 2016.
When added to BT’s commercial roll-out, 93 per cent of premises in the Shropshire Council area will have access to fibre based broadband by the end of Spring 2016. All premises in the programme area will be provided with access to a basic level of broadband (a minimum of 2mbps).
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com
Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk
About the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre (The SFEC)
The Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre is one of only 10 food and drink incubators throughout the UK. The centre comprises 12 purpose-built production units totalling 24,000 sq ft (2,224 m2) and 4,000 sq ft (371 m2) of offices, conference and meeting facilities with a café. The offices, production units and the café are available to rent please contact:- 01743 281081 for further information or follow this link to the Centres own web site: www.shropshirefoodcentre.co.uk