Author Archives: Simon Savile

Kirklees signs £ multi million superfast broadband deal

Kirklees Council has announced it has signed a £13 million superfast broadband deal with BT under the BDUK Phase II Framework. The deal will make superfast broadband available to tens of thousands more homes and businesses across the region. Over the next few months surveys will take place to decide which parts of Kirklees should […]

Why Rural Enterprise Zones Matter

EU Digital Commissioner Andrus Ansip wants European governments to close the gap between rural and urban digital economies. To achieve this goal E RADAR’s Will Roebuck calls for the setting up of new Rural Enterprise Zones to meet the challenge of Britain’s Northern Powerhouse strategy head-on in Yorkshire. We can only realise Britain’s Northern Powerhouse aspirations when […]

B4RN Case Study

B4RN FTTH For the Rural North West B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North West) has taken a new approach to the ownership, financial and deployment models used traditionally, and still proposed by, telecommunications companies. These models invariably leave rural areas outside of the scope of economic viability for the telecoms companies, and have helped to […]

Twin Valley Case Study

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Ultra fast broadband for rural farming communities Case studies from the US are demonstrating that rural businesses and communities across the UK too can benefit from ultrafast broadband. Twin Valley in Clay County, Kansas has now joined the Gigabit broadband revolution in order to stay economically competitive in today’s data driven economy. As a result, Twin Valley […]

SPARC Calls For New Rural Enterprise Zone

South Pennines Rural Enterprise Zone to support local digital economy SPARC has written to the Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) asking him to set up a South Pennines Rural Enterprise Zone. The initiative is an important step towards enabling rural businesses, community groups and citizens across the South Pennines region realise the […]

South Yorkshire Credit Union Case Study

Electronic identity The South Yorkshire Credit Union is considered one of the best run credit unions in the UK offering a whole range of banking and financial services to people and organisations. These include loans, saving accounts and credit agreements on white goods, for example fridges and washing machines. The organisation is working with the […]

Watts Auctions Case Study

Live and timed e auctions Watts & Associates (Auctioneers) Limited is a firm of specialist auctioneers based in Carlton, a village situated just a few miles from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The firm has a wealth of experience in hosting and managing auction events for single and multiple vendors throughout the UK. Their expertise includes contractors plant and construction […]

Chapman Bags Case Study

Traditional crafted bags Carlisle in Cumbria – close to the border region between England Scotland – is home to a globally successful specialist maker of canvas, tweed and leather bags. Chapman Bags derives from a business first founded on the needs of local huntsmen and fishermen who needed robust designs customized for their outdoor pursuits. […]

West Coast Sea Products Case Study

A fine catch! This case study shows how the fishermen of Kirkcudbright in Scotland are selling their produce into the kitchens of France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa and USA. From Kirkbudbright, this supposedly sleepy corner of Scotland, West Coast Sea Products Ltd exports 75% of the entire scallop harvest of the UK […]

Guernsey Wool Case Study

Spinning such a good yarn! A specialist wool business in Penzance (in the far west of Cornwall not far from Lands End) finds 40% of its custom via a global Internet platform devoted to the needs of over four million knitting and crochet enthusiasts. Guernsey Wool’s market niche is focused on devotees of hand-knitted Guernseys and […]