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Last week LBP & AWBP hosted the free Gigabit Breakfast for businesses to hear about the potential of the new 1GB Broadband technology, which is currently being installed in the Council depot in Commerce Way.
LBP would like to thank Lawrence Boon and Spencer Wells at Fizz Creations for providing their wonderful facility free of charge, for making us feel so welcome and for kindly providing all the refreshments. LBP are very grateful for this support and attendees were fascinated to view Fizz's product range whilst enjoying the catering, funded by AWBP and supplied by The Pit Stop Cafe at Shoreham Vehicle Auction.
Peter Raynsford and Steve Maton from 5Rings Group explained how Lancing Business Park will be the first to benefit from the new end to end fibre technology, with each new connection capable of supporting 250 users and providing upload and download speeds of 1,000 Megabits per second.
Adur and Worthing Council's partnership with City Fibre will see this new technology built-out from the business park and a site in Durrington, to provide services for businesses and residents across the Adur and Worthing area.
Delivery on Lancing Business Park is currently planned for Q3 2019, with significant pavement works across the park to enable this roll-out. Dave Harper from City Fibre attended the breakfast and explained how essential these works are to building infrastructure that will meet current and future business needs, with the new network expected to be 50% to 70% cheaper than the current BT Gigabit network.
Peter also reported that the government have launched their Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme which provides up to £2,500 towards the costs of installing this new technology. To qualify for this funding businesses need to fit the following criteria:
- Small or Medium Business with less than 250 staff
- Annual turnover below €50mil
- Not received more than €200,00 in grants over last 3 years
- 1 Voucher per business
Businesses are encouraged to act quickly if they would like to secure a voucher, as already half of the fund has been allocated and once it's gone it's gone. Businesses can apply for a voucher and then they have 12 months to use the voucher.
To find out more about how 5Rings Group can help your business please click here or to view other suppliers on the business park please click here
Photos supplied by Martin Bloomfield, Seaside Creatives based in Brooklands House.