Worcestershire Gets Quicker

I blogged back in April about the Business needs of superfast broadband in the UK.  My eye was caught last week when a colleague printed out a piece from Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce saying that the County Council in Worcestershire had signed a £20 million deal to bring superfast broadband to the area.  How fantastic!

The article went on to say that ‘High-speed fibre broadband will be rolled out to more than 90 per cent of Worcestershire homes and businesses within the next three years, as a result of a multi-million pound ‘Superfast Worcestershire’ partnership project between Worcestershire County Council and BT.  The aim of the project to provide high-speed access to 90 per cent of the county’s businesses in support of the County Council’s ‘Open for Business’ initiative.’

What does that mean for our business?  Well, as property consultants our job in many instances is to point out how good particular locations are for doing business, with this announcement our job gets a little easier.

A measure of how important the County Council sees the initiative is seen by the number of officers and members commenting on how good this news is!

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said: “This investment is vital to our county’s future economy, as increased broadband speeds will support and boost the competitiveness of our local businesses, keep skills and job prospects local and provide yet another reason for businesses to come to Worcestershire.  I am delighted to be signing contracts today.”

The real key to this is the fibre network will underpin the introduction of many new services and applications.  Big business applications driven by new ‘cloud’ services will be within the reach of enterprises of all sizes.  Computer back up, storage and processing will be faster, and the use of high-quality videoconferencing will become a viable possibility.

For me working and helping Harris Lamb on IT issues this is an interesting and challenging role but seeing developments in the wider world of technology investment and innovation and how that works with our day to day business is also really good.  Perhaps our agents in Worcester will be doing a few more deals?

For enquiries about property in Worcestershire contact one of the agency team at Harris Lamb on 01905 22666


Jenny Robotham