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Business is growing ‘super fast’ thanks to new broadband technology

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SMALL businesses located in Staffordshire’s first ‘super-fast’ business centre claim they are already reaping the benefits of faster broadband.2

In May, Lymedale Business Centre, in Newcastle, became the first in the county to be installed with ‘fibre to the premises’ FTTP technology. The multi-million pound venture, between Staffordshire County Council and BT, means businesses now have access to download speeds3 of up to 330 megabits (Mbps) per second and uploads of up to 30 Mbps. And now some of the 36 organisations located at the centre have revealed how the scheme is already playing a part in helping to grow their business.

Read more: Internet provider to create 20 new jobs in bid to rival big-name competitors4

Lyndon Eaton, director of IT business Luminite, said: As a result of the scheme, not only have we benefited from much-improved speeds5 ourselves, but we have also been able to expand our own product portfolio as a broadband re-seller, providing us with another route to market to the other businesses within the centre.

We work with a growing number of businesses within the Lymedale Business Centre itself, and because of the more robust broadband now available, businesses are able to take full advantage of our telephony solutions, which will reduce costs in terms of line rentals and call charges, while at the same time improve efficiency and functionality.”

Read more: Broadband speeds mapped: How does your home internet connection compare?6

Kerryanne Clancy, PR account manager for PlinkFizz, said: We create designs for print and online for clients, which need to be sent back and forth for approval before being sent to printers and web builders. We also commission a great deal of photography work for our clients and, again, these are sent to us as high res images which are huge file sizes.

Both of these daily processes now take us minutes, rather than hours, which is helping to improve our efficiency as a business. It also helps by making us appear more professional to both clients and suppliers as we’re able to hit tight deadlines.

Fibre broadband has improved our external communications considerably.”

Business Is Growing 'super Fast' Thanks To New Broadband Technology

Pictured is Lydnon Eaton, director of Luminite IT Services.

Tax and accounts business Sempar has grown by 20 per cent within the last five months.

Client manager Aludia Binos added: Our connection to superfast broadband has certainly boosted our productivity.

Most of our software is cloud based and we’re now able to connect to our clients by Skype.” More than 89,000 businesses and households across the county are now able to access faster fibre broadband as a result of Superfast Staffordshire.

Mark Winnington,7 Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader, said: Small businesses at Lymedale have told us that their recent connection to ultrafast broadband is already improving productivity and day to day working.

We’re sure this will be the first of many business premises to get connected to ultrafast broadband.”

Read more: Newcastle’s new high-tech centre to help 240 businesses8

Ian Binks, BT’s regional manager for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, added: Every day we’re seeing how faster fibre broadband is making a positive impact on businesses and households.

Whether it’s sharing large files of information or updating customers and suppliers, everything is easier and better with fibre broadband.”

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  2. ^ faster broadband. (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  3. ^ download speeds (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  4. ^ Internet provider to create 20 new jobs in bid to rival big-name competitors (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  5. ^ much-improved speeds (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  6. ^ Broadband speeds mapped: How does your home internet connection compare? (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  7. ^ Mark Winnington, (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)
  8. ^ Newcastle’s new high-tech centre to help 240 businesses (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)

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