Cliff – Manufacturer, Holsworthy
We supply clock parts and laser cut plastic shapes to the hobby and clock trade in the UK and abroad. The Internet has totally transformed our business over the last 5 years and the vast majority of our orders and computer files needed for production are now received online.
We have basic broadband but with broadband speeds increasing I am concerned that our foreign and city competitors will start to leave us far behind. Whilst our websites are loading others may have loaded and taken the order if we are not treated equally in the future. I do hope the benefits of superfast broadband are offered to all businesses whether abroad, in densely populated areas or here in rural areas as new technology evolves.
A point I would like to make is that rural areas should be considered very important when it comes to new broadband connections, and then faster broadband speeds because the vehicle journey lengths saved by reducing letters posted to them and sent out by them is much higher when compared to densely populated areas. An optic fibre connection to a rural exchange may seem expensive but it could return a much higher return and saving on carbon emissions per pound spent than a much cheaper connection to a city exchange where letters tend to be delivered on foot.
Ours is only a very small contribution but multiplied by the increasing number of small rural businesses and home workers, increasing broadband connections and encouraging email can only help to keep road traffic down.
Fast internet is essential to rural businesses, home workers and therefore carbon footprints.