Howard Reeves has become an expert on how to achieve the best broadband speed in a very rural location. He runs Beaples Barton Sporting Holidays, a specialised holiday letting business for those interested in shooting sports. He lives and works
Faster broadband would mean we could work more efficiently, deliver client projects faster and compete (from a technology point of view) with our urban based competitors. Our home office allows us to be greener, however the lack of fast Internet connectivity is a serious problem that may one day mean we have to re-locate reducing our profitability and decreasing our margins.
As a business user of Broadband many of our systems in place are heavily reliant upon the use of an efficient and speedy internet service. Our particular use is for hotel reservations and money transfers etc. A Broadband service is also given ‘Free’ to our customers , which we obviously pay for, and for our business clients it can be a deal breaker for them to actually stay with us rather than another hotel offering a more reliable/faster/free service.
We are a rural farm based business enterprise near South Molton. The businesses include a cookery school, holiday cottages and game shooting together with a more traditional farming enterprise focusing on Red Ruby Devon beef cattle and sheep. We have
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.
The availability of high speed Internet is the single most important factor in our current business model for future growth and expansion and the benefits of its availability cannot be overstated to any media based business considering relocation or expansion within rural areas, without it business will decline.
Sean Blackmore lives with his family in Dulverton and works in the local bakery. He’s an absolute convert to superfast broadband, although he currently only achieves access speeds of 5-6 Mbps. With no cable access and no choice of supplier, Sean’s Internet service is provided by BT, and is, he admits, “pretty good”. But with a family of four daughters, the Blackmore home media server is under a lot of pressure, as Sean explains:
My wife is an IT consultant. She operates from home, here in Ilfracombe, 3 weeks and from the London office for 1 week a month. The daily volume of data being moved between here, London, St Louis (USA) and Bangalore
‘Mooving’ Megabytes – You can’t avoid online activities if you operate a business in 2012. Many businesses in our region have diversified their operations, and Carswell Farm and The Well Hung Meat Company are no exception. Hear about their challenges as we find out more about what they do:
Our position is that we have broadband over our telephone line which is limited in speed to 0.5-1.0 Mbps due to our distance from our telephone exchange.