Faster broadband comes to Churcham Business Park
Businesses at the Churcham Business Park can now benefit from faster broadband thanks to a grant from Fastershire.
Fastershire is the partnership between Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties. The project created the Marches and Gloucestershire Broadband Grant to provide a bespoke solution for any eligible small to medium sized business that still require access to faster broadband.
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the grant provides up to 100% of the capital installation cost, up to £25,000.
Churcham Business Park is a purpose built site of 37 units offering a mix of industrial and office spaces. David Smart of Smart Farms, the site owner, said, “Broadband access is absolutely essential. When we built the site in 2003 we never realised the importance of it going forward.
Fastershire’s Business Broadband Grant has allowed us to provide our tenants with access to a much needed high speed broadband infrastructure that will help their business and ours to grow.”
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, said, “Providing the county’s businesses with the conditions to flourish and grow is at the very heart of Gloucestershire County Council and Fastershire’s strategy.
"Currently 94% of Gloucestershire homes and businesses can now access a superfast broadband service of 30mbps or more and this is increasing every month.”
Under Fastershire’s stage 3 contracts, Gigaclear is rolling out its brand new full fibre network to parts of rural Gloucestershire and access to ultrafast broadband. While is Cheltenham and Gloucester, Openreach is enabling around 4,200 additional homes and businesses in to benefit from superfast fibre broadband.
To find out if your property can already access faster broadband or where your property sits in the Fastershire rollout, visit www.fastershire.com and use the address checker.
Photo [left to right] David Smart of Smart Farms, Angela Presdee, Gloucestershire County Council and County Councillor Patrick Molyneux cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills
Photo credit: Chas Breton