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.Read Full Story
Fastershire are hosting a community meeting to explain the stage 4 rollout being delivered by Airband in Oxenton and Woolstone.
The stage 4 Fastershire rollout is seeking to provide faster broadband access to some of the properties that were not reached under the project's previous deployment or commercial rollout.
The first funding awards for the new the Fastershire Community Broadband Grant have been made in recent months. This heralds a major step towards finishing the job of providing fibre broadband across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.Read Full Story
Vicarious Productions, a film and television production facility based in Edvin Loach, is one of 400 premises in hard-to-reach communities who have gone from being among the worst connected areas in the UK to having access to some of the fastest internet in the country.Read Full Story
Fastershire and Gigaclear are set to begin the rollout of a new ultrafast broadband network in Ledbury. The rollout is part subsidised by Fastershire, however, the majority of the new network in Ledbury is a result of a significant commercial investment by Gigaclear.Read Full Story
A Faster way to a healthy business
"Informative, enjoyable and excellent! – I first discovered the Faster Women training when information popped up in my Facebook news feed and I’ve not looked back since.
Tina Hurley owns Aloe 2 Good Life and is an independent distributor of Forever Living, selling a range of health and nutrition products. She also trains and supports people who want to run their own home-based business.
Seeking a new challenge
Tina spent over 30 years in the corporate world of publishing before finally deciding she needed a new challenge.
“I loved my job but following the credit crunch of 2008 my job changed beyond recognition. Suddenly I was being told to make huge cost savings by closing offices and publications and making several members of my team redundant. I could see that there was a better way and I was seeking a work life balance - that is when I discovered Forever Living and started my business“
Finding Faster Women
Tina began working with Forever Living and running her business in November 2014 and joined the Faster Women in business community in January 2016.
“So far I’ve attended five sessions covering a wide range of digital topics, from search engine optimisation to online accounting.
All the sessions have been excellent and have been perfectly pitched for a business like mine. The presenters are really knowledgeable and the training always includes a great deal of personalised advice and ample time for questions along the way.
As a Forever Business owner we have great training but the regular and local sessions delivered by Faster Women and Faster Business have enabled me to become far more confident using social media and have brought my digital technology skills up to date”.
A Scheduled Social Life
“The biggest change I’ve made as a result of Faster Women training was the realisation that I needed to schedule my social media posts.
It may sound simple but this has made such a positive impact as it’s been a great time saver. Instead of scratching my head and thinking, what shall I post next?” I now plan my posts on a fortnightly basis.
This small change allows me to devote more time to other activities, but importantly allows me to be have a better content plan, be more targeted and importantly, feel more in control. I do this on a Sunday afternoon and it really doesn't take long once you focus on the task”.
Making the connection
“I've learnt so much and made so many new connections and a lot of new friends by attending these sessions. I've been invited into several different networking groups and it's been great spending time with other business women - everyone is so supportive and willing to share the tips and ideas that they have learnt from the various Fastershire sessions.”
The personal touch
Tina also had a free Faster Business Review with one of our expert advisors. The one to one review looks at a whole array of business IT solutions, from troubleshooting, social media, connectivity, software and hardware.
“Frances was brilliant - it was an opportunity to assess what I had learnt from the Fastershire training sessions and review how much I had applied in day to day practise.
The real benefit is how personalised the business review is, Frances even shared some tips and shortcuts in Word - I had been used to having a secretary in my previous role so I was finding letters and documents a bit of a challenge”.
You can find out more about Tina’s business at www.aloe2goodlife.myforever.biz/store
The Faster Business Review is a free consultancy session with one of our specialist Faster Business Advisors and is available to any business in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
This session 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 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.
Please note: Business Reviews will be delivered via video or telephone call during the Coronavirus COVID-19 period
Meet with a Faster Business Advisor
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.
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.
Location: Hereford City Library, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AU
Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Whether its computer viruses, Trojan horses, phishing attacks, spam emails or cybercrime this friendly and informal training session will help you keep you and your family safe online.
Our expert will share top tips and advice about;
No prior experience is necessary and laptops will be available for you to have a go if you want to.
Please book your FREE place through Hereford City Library.
Hereford City Library, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AU
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.
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.
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.
Here's a list of business broadband providers who offer packages for businesses connected to Gigaclear's ultrafast broadband network, with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.
Below is a list of videos from our YouTube channel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Contact for Faster Farmers
For any other information about Faster Farmers, please contact us.
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:
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.
The Faster City project will enhance the shopping experience for consumers and help city centre retailers to understand and exploit the changing market trends
The scheme will also pave the way for other innovations including smart infrastructure including an upgraded CCTV circuit and interactive signage.
Faster City launches free WiFi network in Hereford City Centre.
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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'll let you know when you can order.