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    • UK Umbrella State Aid Granted by European Commission

      Broadband Delivery UK (the organisation responsible for delivering the £52 million of public funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project) has been granted State Aid* clearance by the European Commission. This allows Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to approve local

    • BT Appointed Preferred Bidder for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme

      The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that it has appointed BT as preferred bidder for the provision of superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next stage of the project involves undertaking due diligence on the tender

    • Procurement Update

      As part of satisfying State Aid requirements, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is required to announce the launch of its invitation to tender (ITT) for the selection of its chosen supplier from the recent Framework arrangement set up by BDUK.

Your Experience

Adrian Herring – Herring Shoes, Kingsbridge

Adrian Herring, designer and purveyor of fine leather footwear, was so attracted to the Devon lifestyle that he relocated his business from the Cotswolds to Kingsbridge in 2007. Herring Shoes now has its headquarters and distribution centre in Station Yard, Kingsbridge. The main bulk of its business is carried out online but Adrian decided to invest in a retail presence on Kingsbridge High Street, both to showcase his products and to evidence his commitment to the local community.

Herring Shoes are sold all over the world and have attracted a range of high profile customers from Michelin-starred Devon chef, Michael Caines, to TV adventurer Charlie Boorman and football legend, Ian Wright. Wherever the order is placed and whoever the customer, no matter how famous, their order is fulfilled from the company’s Kingsbridge warehouse. Since the business is largely web-based it relies on a fast broadband connection. The local Kingsbridge exchange has recently been upgraded and on some days the connection can be as fast as 6Mb per second. However, 1.5Mb per second is more usual and the service can be unreliable.

“We’re running a global brand. We sell hundreds of pairs of shoes every day through the web,” says Adrian, “and if it goes down, it really costs us. We’ve completely lost connectivity three or four times in the past 18 months. For my business that’s unacceptable. We’ve now invested in a few wireless dongles, so that we can keep running if our Broadband drops out.”

Running a 21st Century global business on wireless dongles isn’t really sustainable and that’s the point of the Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband project: providing an infrastructure that enables our businesses to thrive.

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