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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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Pioneering Dig Under the River Severn is Broadband First

16th October, 2019

Gigaclear has become the first broadband provider to drill under the River Severn to reach two of Gloucestershire’s most remote and poorly connected villages. This significant feat of civil engineering will deliver full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband access to 861 homes in Longney and Framilode.

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Gill Bullock, Swan Brewery - Brewing a successful business

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Brewing a successful business

“I was slightly sceptical at first about the types of people who would be there and whether I would benefit, but when I went along and realised that the other participants were just ordinary business ladies too. I thought to myself ‘well it must be ok’ and I didn’t look back. I’ve now seen real sales generated as a direct result of the work I am doing on social media, which I wouldn’t have been able to do as successfully without attending the sessions.”

Gill Bullock is one very busy lady. As well as having two small children and working part-time in the food industry, Gill and her husband have set up Swan Brewery, a micro-brewery near Leominster in Herefordshire. While Gill’s husband Jimmy does the brewing and deliveries, Gill is responsible for the company’s finances, marketing, sales, website and social media.

Generating sales through social media

Gill set about straight away with business networking and quickly found herself on a mailing list which included information about the Faster Women workshops. Gill had already been dabbling with social media personally, but wanted to understand more about how to develop her audiences, get Swan Brewery noticed and be able to use more tools and shortcuts.

Gill has now attended two of the Faster Women workshops, one focusing on social media and the other on using online tools to increase productivity in small businesses.

“The sessions I attended were pitched at exactly the right level” says Gill, “and gave me the assurance that focusing online and on social media was the right thing to do for our business.”

The sessions also gave Gill the opportunity to make new acquaintances, many of whom Gill now regularly comes across on social media. “It’s been interesting to meet people first and then make connections with them online, whereas often you meet people on social media and then come across them later.”

The bottom line, for Gill, is that Swan Brewery has seen sales generated as a direct result of her activity on social media since she has been part of Faster Women. “We’ve had three new accounts recently through engaging with pubs on twitter or facebook and opening a dialogue with them” says Gill. “These are measurable benefits to our business and wouldn’t have happened without the confidence I have developed from attending Faster Women.”

Find out more about Swan Brewery: www.swanbrewery.co.uk

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. 

Request a Business Review

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?

Farm Accounting with Xero


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Location: Hazlewoods Offices, Staverton Court, Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0UX

Date: Thursday 6th April 2017 ~ Monday 6th March 2017

Time: 11:00-15:00

Farm Accounting with Xero with Hazlewoods Chartered Accountants

This FREE Faster Farmers workshop is a tour around the cloud based accounting package Xero and other accounting packages, excel or cash books.

Cloud accounting packages allow you to choose the level of input you require from your accountant and ensure you have complete control on the everyday running of your business, with real time information being available from any device. Automation of processes will save time and mean focus can be shifted on to other areas of the business.
 
The session will cover;
  • Invoicing including sales, purchases, Hire purchase agreements, Contras and part exchange 
  • Bank including importing of bank statements, bank  reconciliation, management of petty cash 
  • Reporting including VAT returns, invoice templates, financial settings, custom reports, journals, fuel scale charge, posting wages
Please bring along your laptop as we will be working on the Xero demonstration programme.

A complimentary light lunch will be available.
 
To book your place on the course, contact Herefordshire Rural Hub, 01432 353465 or bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
 
                               
 
 

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EVENT LOCATION

Hazlewoods Offices, Staverton Court, Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0UX

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 >


Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers














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 Business Support Programme

Free business support for farming, agricultural and land-based businesses in the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. 

The Fastershire broadband project and the Herefordshire Rural Hub have come together to create our Faster Farmers project, offering:  

Faster Farmers Workshops

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.

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Tailored One-to-One Advice

For tailored one-to-one advice about your business's use of IT and the internet, covering topics such as new software, hardware, social media, online marketing, websites and more, Farming businesses can also request a free Faster Business Review.  

Request a FasterBusiness Review

Contact for Faster Farmers

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.