Leading from the fore to future proof local businesses for the next generation of connectivity, the organisation reached out to it tenants encouraging them to apply for the £3000 grant to bring gigabit enabled fibre to all the premises in the park.
As a registered supplier of the GbVS, b4b networks Ltd a brand-new fibre to the premises (FTTP) network and connectivity to all premises in the enterprise park.
NDDO was established in 1984 and is the Local Enterprise Development Agency for the area is a member of Enterprise Northern Ireland – a partnership of enterprise centres which provide a NI wide network of support for prospective and established businesses who have chosen the self-employment option. The Organisation reinvests any surpluses back into the community either by provision of affordable workspace or through a wide range of training and development courses.
Participation in this GbVS provides business in this park with unrivalled connectivity to keep their business operational and improve the services they are able to provide to their own customer base. Businesses pooled their vouchers to make this project commercially viable and available to all tenants.
Lynne Vance, CEO of NDDO, believes this scheme will bring a new wave of business to North Down: “We are a charitable organisation and rely on rental income to generate revenue to pay for training for start-up and growing businesses. This investment will attract more sophisticated business to our park, Ultrafast speeds and competitive packages are a crucial incentive. We are delighted with the service b4b networks have delivered.”
One such business is family run Baskets Galore, a mail order company who rely entirely on an online customer base. Founded in 2004 by siblings Andrea Seay, Lynne Forde and Neil Crozier, the company receive orders from customers over the globe to send gifts to their family, friends & clients living in the UK & Europe. with a company promise to "Exceed Your Expectations" robust connectivity is vital in delivering this promise. This new Ultrafast connection will propel their business enabling them to operate multiple devices to receive and process orders, work on the back end of their website, take orders over the phone with VoiP solutions in place and to do this on a scale to meet the peak trade demand of a predominantly seasonal business.
Julian Simpson, Business Development Director of b4b networks, welcomed the completion of the newly built network: “We are very pleased to have completed the build of our new FTTP network within NDDO. Customer take up and reaction to the improved services is already extremely positive and we’re continuing to roll out our new local access networks through Northern Ireland.
“Our model is very simple and with the appropriate level of customer buy in, within 3-5 months we can build fibre networks that will future proof businesses connectivity for years to come.”