Broadband boost for Tavistock business park

A business park in Tavistock is set to see its broadband services boosted by the introduction of high-speed internet.

BT made the announcement that the Connecting Devon and Somerset initiative will provide superfast broadband to no less than 20 different business parks throughout the two counties, including the Pitts Cleave Industrial Estate in Tavistock.

These new provisions are in addition to the 200 industrial estates where superfast broadband has already been delivered or where the date has been scheduled for delivery.

The south-west regional manager for BT, Paul Coles, said this next phase of the project is exciting. He pointed out that research has shown that companies that have already taken advantage of faster business broadband have seen large increases in sales, with many able to expand their operations on a global level.

A recent survey revealed that around 50% of small businesses are not trading online at the moment. Mr Coles said the economy would benefit from more exporting and that faster business broadband can help companies to achieve this, as they can more easily reach customers around the world.

The news of the scheme has been welcomed by the Devon and Somerset Business Council, with the chief executive, Ben Rhodes, saying that the announcement is encouraging. His comments have been echoed by Councillor Andrew Leadbetter of Devon County Council, who said that the faster business broadband speeds will allow companies to boost their working practices.