For more information on how superfast broadband has boosted local business in Northamptonshire, please check out the following local case study videos and hear directly from businesses already benefitting.
Astrop Park Farm, Kings Sutton
Astrop Park Farm, which is based in Kings Sutton near Banbury, has been operating as a farm under its current family ownership for almost 60 years. Now, connection to ultrafast broadband has provided the business with much improved access to vital online cloud-based services that the farm and its family members need to thrive in today's digital world.
Before connecting to Gigaclear, the farm was using a fibre to the cabinet network. Broadband access was slow and unreliable, resulting in websites and email being either intermittently unavailable or slow to load. With upload speeds as low as 1Mbps, the quality of the connection was not good enough to support reliable use of cloud services without delays.
"We were conscious that many businesses like ours were moving toward Office 365 and cloud-based services and we didn't want to be left behind," said Rupert Perry, Partner at Astrop Park Farm.
However, since connecting to Gigaclear's ultrafast fibre to premises broadband, which delivers Internet access directly to the property, Astrop Park Farm staff have had a much faster and uncongested Internet connection which they have been able to rely on for all of their communication needs. Administration of the business has become more efficient, with staff's work lives improved.
"Now that we are connected to Gigaclear, we can finally take full advantage of modern online services and simple online tasks are no longer frustrating for our workers."
Connection to ultrafast broadband has also made a significant difference to how the farm is used. It now has the added benefit of being a viable rural business location and Rupert's family members who live on and around the land now have the freedom to work remotely, saving them from commuting to and from offices every day. This has opened up a valuable new business opportunity for the farm.
"In addition to family members using the space to work, we now have ambitions to let out some of our properties as office space to local businesses, helping to diversify the property and provide additional income for the farm. This would never have been possible before connecting to Gigaclear," adds Rupert.
To make the service even more cost effective, Astrop Park Farm has been able to decommission its previous ISDN phone line connections, replacing them with the Gigaclear Internet line and a SIP voice provider.
"Switching to Gigaclear has meant that we now receive a far superior service for around the same monthly cost as we were paying before."
Following the positive impact Gigaclear has had on Astrop Park Farm, Rupert recently replicated the benefits in his home life by opting to have his own home connected to the network.
"We can now enjoy streaming services, such as Netflix, as well as utilising cloud services and Office 365, helping to improve the lives of the whole family. I would absolutely recommend Gigaclear to other businesses and residents."
Shiny Studios, Northampton
Shiny Studios is a local film, TV and video company. It works with businesses and charities to enable them to deliver their products and services to audiences in new and innovative ways through film, narrative and interactive experiences.
Before superfast broadband it would take hours to upload large media files to share with customers; this can now be done in seconds. This has made a huge difference to available productive time and how the Shiny team interacts with their customers. Steve Mowbray, a producer at Shiny Studios said “Superfast broadband has transformed how we work with our customers and increased productivity.” Some of Shiny's work can be seen in this show reel.
Evergreen Art Cafe, Daventry
The Evergreen Art Cafe in Daventry is one of the top independent art galleries in the country. Superfast broadband allows them to showcase artists on social media and sell pieces to customers around the world through their website.
Cortexa are an online communications agency in Great Doddington specialising in training and promotions for the construction industry. Superfast broadband is essential for them to work efficiently.
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Total Sim Ltd are a Brackley based company who use superfast broadband to communicate efficiently with customers using desktop sharing and video conferencing. It enables easy collaboration to quickly solve problems.
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Superfast broadband has helped Northampton based company ACS transform their business over the past 5 years. It has allowed them to develop cloud computing, a new way to consume IT and store data through a secure, backed up online data centre.
Airspotters.com, based in Corby, has grown into one of the biggest model aircraft websites in the world. Superfast broadband is essential for them to get information about their latest product offering to their customers ahead of the competition.
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The Curve Group
The Curve Group, South Northamptonshire are a talent management specialists for the business and financial services sector, are using superfast broadband to spur growth, see their experience in the video below.
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