Firms based on business parks and industrial estates across Northumberland can now experience first-hand why superfast broadband is good for business.
More than 20 of these sites – including Coopies Lane and Telford Court in Morpeth, Pegswood Industrial Estate and Meadowfield Industrial Estate in Ponteland – have been upgraded to the new high-speed technology.
MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery recently visited Coopies Lane. Around 125 premises now have access to faster broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps thanks to the multi-million-pound iNorthumberland programme.
The many benefits of this for businesses include being able to send large files much quicker and locate and bring up client orders instantly when they make an inquiry over the phone.
“Fibre broadband provides fast, strong and reliable connections, which can be used to improve competitiveness both within the UK and abroad,” said Mr Lavery.
“Having the latest technology in place at business parks and industrial estates throughout the county will undoubtedly boost the local economy, help to create and protect local jobs and attract inward investment.”
In addition to rolling out the new network, iNorthumberland (a partnership between Northumberland County Council and BT) has developed a free programme of support to help firms benefit from the new technology.
Dave Ledger, deputy leader of the county council, said: “For some firms, faster file and data transfers might free up hours of their time, others may save money by moving the day-to-day running of their business to the Cloud, while, for others, it could enable staff to work from home or to communicate with long-distance clients via video calls.
“Every business may reap a different benefit, but we want to ensure every firm understands exactly what that is.”
More than 100 firms have already signed up to the programme. For more information, visit www.inorth umberlandbusiness.co.uk