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Dianne Worrall, Way2Go Adventures

Way2Go Adventures is a family owned outdoor activity provider in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, run by mother and son team, Dianne Worrall and Wayne Morgan. Dianne has accessed a range of business support and training offered by Fastershire, FasterBusiness programme.

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Email Marketing Essentials (Hereford)

Friday 30th August 2019

In this FREE training session, Faster Business advisors, Mandy Sims and Catherine Banks, will help you understand the benefit of email marketing and how to incorporate it into your marketing strategy.

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Broadband connection grant for Foley Industrial Estate gives businesses a boost

23rd March, 2018
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KemPowell, Acre Accountancy, Munday Taylor Lamont and Like Radio have become the first businesses in Herefordshire to benefit from a grant, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Fastershire, to enable them to access superfast broadband.

They are also the first “combined solution” provided by the grant, where businesses come together and pool their resources to solve a common problem. These solutions not only come at a lower cost to the individual businesses, they also normally provide a much better service to future-proof the businesses involved.

The businesses have selected Redline as their supplier and now have access to a dedicated service of 100 Mbps both for download and upload, where before speeds only reached a maximum of 4 Mbps download and 0.5 Mbps upload.

Mark Powell from KemPowell said, “Kempowell Electrical Services Ltd applied for the service via Fastershire due to fast broadband not being available on Foley trading estate. Previously, it was difficult to receive, open or send large files, which is a critical requirement of our business for activities such as viewing drawings etc. This resulted in us sub-contracting works out, such as design and CAD works to other parts of the UK and sometimes abroad.

Now we have fast broadband we can bring back all works in-house, which has already resulted in us employing a new member of the projects team. We can now be more efficient, productive and provide clients with the service required. We can also continue to grow which will only help the local economy.”

Robin Mason, Director of Acre Accountancy Limited said, “With the trend towards cloud-based software, we needed to improve our broadband speed access. The opportunity to have a dedicated line has enabled us to future-proof our business.”

Ryan Davies from Like Radio said, "The faster broadband is enabling the business to provide new job opportunities within the area. We are currently recruiting for a number of sales roles based from our office in Hereford. This service has enabled us to move the station into the cloud and be one of the most advanced radio stations in the country. We applied for the service due to the lack of availability of superfast broadband in the area."

Alex Simmonds, Group Key Account Manager from Redline said, “Redline Telecom have provided three business with a 100/100mbps fibre Ethernet Direct Internet Access circuit though the Marches & Gloucestershire Business Broadband Grant Scheme and we are currently in the process of adding a fourth business to the shared initiative.

“Redline initially assessed the various client’s needs in order to determine what capabilities they needed from their broadband connection, what the day to day operations and number of users would be like and also what their future requirements were moving forward which enabled us to help determine the most suitable connection for them for not only now but to also grow into in the future. We’re looking forward to helping more customers improve their businesses connectivity throughout the scheme which seems to be having a hugely positive impact.”

Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications said, “Is it great to see these businesses coming together to benefit from the grant and funding a bespoke connection based on their specific needs. It also reinforces our commitment to delivering faster broadband across Herefordshire.”

“We know that faster broadband is vital for our local businesses to grow and compete on a larger scale, and through this grant we hope more businesses will get access to the connectivity they need.”

The Marches and Gloucestershire broadband grant gives eligible small businesses up to £25k to fund the installation of a superfast broadband connection.

If you run a business which cannot access speeds of over 30Mbps, and you are not already part of any current superfast broadband rollout plans, then you could be eligible for a grant.

Businesses wishing to see if they are eligible can visit www.fastershire.com and input their address details in the checker.

Registering for the grant is a simple and easy process through a dedicated portal, but all applications for the grant must be completed before December 2018.

Businesses can also benefit from the Faster Business programme run by Fastershire and get access to a FREE business review by a Business Adviser. The review will help identify ways that IT can help businesses grow or reduce costs by saving time and money www.fastershire.com/faster-business

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Dianne Worrall, Way2Go Adventures

Way2Go Adventures is a family owned outdoor activity provider in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, run by mother and son team, Dianne Worrall and Wayne Morgan. Dianne has accessed a range of business support and training offered by Fastershire, FasterBusiness programme.

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Louise Robert, Alimenti Food Sciences

Louise Roberts runs Alimenti Food Sciences and offers technical consultancy to small food and drink businesses. Louise has attended a range of FasterBusiness training sessions and had a one-to-one Business Review with FasterBusiness advisor, Jack McCaughtrie.

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Claire Howlett - Digital future for dairy farm

Claire Howlett runs Wicton Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, with her brother following the retirement of their parents three years ago. Claire returned to Herefordshire to run the family farm after previously working in Tanzania, Senegal and Cambodia for an international volunteering organisation.

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Faster Business Review

The Faster Business Review is a free session between you and one of the Faster Business Advisors. The review is completely tailored to your business and can cover any topic, including, social media, online marketing, websites, e-commerce, data/online security, software and hardware or you can seek expert advice on any particular area you feel would most benefit your business.

Whether your business is a start-up and a small or medium sized business looking to grow, the Faster Business Review can help.

To request a business review please complete the registration form at the bottom of the page and one of our business advisors will contact you to arrange your free face to face review.  

Meet with a Faster Business Advisor

Our network of local experts are on hand to provide you with a free face to face review and bring with them both IT know how and a real understanding of the pressures on small business. They will work with you to review your business and help you identify ways that IT, that has been enabled by the growing access to faster broadband, can help your business grow, reduce its costs by saving time and money.
 
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  Faster Business Action Plan
Following your review you will be receive an infographic action plan that includes an indication of your broadband requirements against the speeds you can access, a list of the top 5-10 things you can do to improve the way the business operates and a commentary of your Faster Business Review.

 Faster Business Voucher & Exclusive Offers

With your action plan you will receive £100 worth of Fastershire Vouchers to help you deliver one of the actions. To claim your Faster Business voucher, please click here. These vouchers can be redeemed to pay for software subscriptions, online marketing or even a professional's time. As a Faster Business you will also have access to a range of exclusive offers from local businesses. 

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Business Review Details

Cost: Free

Location: Your premises (or as arranged)

Discussion topics: Troubleshooting, social media, connectivity, software, hardware but you can drill down into any particular area you feel would most benefit your business.

Duration: The discussion can last anything between a couple of hours and half a day.

What topics do you wish to cover in your review?

Introduction to email (Leominster Library)


19 Jul 2018
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Location: Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster, HR6 8BN

Date: Thursday 19th July 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00

Introduction to Email

Learn how to set-up an email account, send and receive emails and attachments. 

Laptops will be provided for the session.

Places are free but booking is essential, please contact Leominster Library, or phone 01432 383290. 


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EVENT LOCATION

Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster, HR6 8BN

Business Broadband Grant

Can your business access up to £25,000 of capital funding to bring high speed connectivity to your premise?

Fastershire in partnership with Connecting Shropshire and Superfast Telford and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), have designed the Marches and Gloucestershire Broadband Grant.  

The grant will provide up to 100% of the capital installation cost and through our registration portal we aim to help to match your business with potential suppliers who can install your high speed connectivity. 


Eligibility  

  • Your business must not be included in Fastershire’s main rollout (To check, please use the address check above)
  • Your business will need to be an small and medium sized enterprise (SME) and operate within an eligible sector
  • You can demonstrate an economic case for high speed connectivity

How to register

Step 1 - Register on the Marches and Gloucestershire Broadband Grant portal, click here. Registration is subject to approval and can take up five working days. 
Step 2 - Once approved, you will be required to complete a ‘request for quotation’ form
Step 3 - Suppliers registered under the scheme will then submit quotes and you are able to select your preferred supplier.


Passport

Herefordshire Council is committed to ensuring that each business or resident who can prove the need for a Next Generation Access (NGA) connection of over 24Mbps is able to get one. If you receive a basic broadband service, but not an NGA service, through the new network and need to upgrade, there are a number of funding options available.
 

Who is eligible?

Your eligibility for this additional funding will be assessed upon your expression of interest. The following criteria will be assessed:
  • The application must be for a business or residential premise in Herefordshire
  • The premise or group of premises you are seeking support for must be in the eligible area of Herefordshire
  • The premise or group of premises will not receive NGA through the main project funding
  • You can demonstrate why you need NGA as opposed to the basic provision you will receive as part of the main project

How do I apply?

Because the rollout of the new fibre network is phased, additional funding for each area will only become available once work has started in an area. So applications will be processed in stages:
 
Step 1 - Submit your expression of interest by filling out the form below
Step 2 - If you are a business the Fastershire team will be in touch to arrange a session with an Objective Advisor to help build your business case.
Step 3 - Once funding becomes available in your area and you are eligible you will be sent an application form to complete
Step 4 - Submit your completed application form by the specified date
Step 5 - The Fastershire project team will inform you of the outcome of your application
 

Where to buy

Here's a list of business broadband providers who offer packages for businesses connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >


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Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mpbs.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.





Where to buy

Here's a list of business broadband providers who offer packages for businesses connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >


Gigaclear Providers





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Faster Women

Grow online and boost your business - or craft a new career.

Thanks to funding from the Government Equalities Office we have now run two Faster Women projects to support Herefordshire and Gloucestershire women to develop the digital and internet skills required to setup and develop their businesses. The second project ended in April 2016. We are now offering occasional workshops throughout the year.

Please register your interest through the link below if you would like to be notified when Faster Women workshop dates are confirmed.

If you are part of a local business network organisation that would be interested in providing workshops and training to your members and others please email faster-women@fastershire.com

Faster broadband provides an opportunity for businesses and potential entrepreneurs to take advantage of faster speeds to expand current or set-up new businesses, including home-based businesses, however the Women’s Business Council has found that for women in particular increasing digital confidence and internet know-how is key to this. Thanks to funding from the Government Equalities Office, Fastershire provided Faster Women networking opportunities, workshops and training for women to take advantage of how the internet can boost new and existing businesses.

Calling Digital Ambassadors

Are you a successful business woman working in Herefordshire or Gloucestershire who would like to share how you’ve used the internet to effectively develop a business? Do you make the most of the benefits that using the internet can bring whether it’s marketing through social media, online selling, maintaining a website, cloud computing, running a business from home?

If you’d like to help shape future projects by sharing your own knowledge and experience of successfully using digital technology please get in touch.

Faster Farmers

The Fastershire broadband project and the Herefordshire Rural Hub have come together to create our Faster Farmers project, offering free support to agricultural and land-based businesses in the two counties. 

Faster Farmers offers free training and advice to help farmers exploit new digital technology and methods of working to expand and grow their business.  Please visit the events section for details of Faster Farmers workshops, and workshops available to all businesses.

Farming businesses can also request a free Faster Business review - for tailored one-to-one advice on your business's use of IT and the internet, covering topics such as social media, online marketing, websites, hardware, software and more.  Please fill in the form here to request a review visit.

For any other information about Faster Farmers, please contact us.  

Faster City

Speeding up your city

The Fastershire broadband project and the Hereford Business Improvement District (HBID) have teamed up to create the Faster City project.

The Faster City project has developed a WiFi city centre scheme in Hereford that delivers three elements:

Icon Hereford boasts the largest retail offer in the county with many of Herefordshire’s key retail and tourism businesses located in a highly concentrated area.

Icon The Faster City project will enhance the shopping experience for consumers and help city centre retailers to understand and exploit the changing market trends

Icon The scheme will also pave the way for other innovations including smart infrastructure including an upgraded CCTV circuit and interactive signage.

Latest News

Faster City launches free WiFi network in Hereford City Centre.

To read the full story, please click here.


Voucher Application

Which single recommendation from your Action Plan do you wish to use your voucher to help achieve?

Enter the action point number and description as written in your action plan:

What activities and costs are involved? Please include full details of whatever service or product you intend to purchase:

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Application Statement

I/we understand that this grant can only be redeemed for expenses incurred towards the activities outlined in section 2 of my action plan and up to a maximum contribution of £100.

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Faster broadband is being rolled out across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between now but it is not possible to flick a switch to make every area go live on the same day and some areas will go live before this. Register your interest today and we will keep you in the loop about developments in your fibre broadband status.