In this issue of In Touch you can read about out how parts of the region are going to benefit from Openreachs latest ultrafast broadband rollout and how a Trafford tea company is already benefitting from ultrafast.
The Cumbria broadband partnership has also reached a new milestone with the number of people connecting to high-speed broadband. There’s also a couple of superfast broadband case studies including a Cumbrian alpaca farm and a Runcorn firm which has seen its turnover increase by more than 15 per cent.
BT has also announced the launch of a new project with See.Sense, as part of the Internet of Things project in Manchester – which will provide safer cycling in the city. And there’s news of a flexible working deal which will cut costs for Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce. EE also brought an open-air cinema to rural communities with the launch of its new 4GEE Cinema Club to a group of rock climbers on a sheer cliff face at Gimmer Crag in the Lake District.
And on the education front two schools in the North West were runners up in BT’s Tech factor competition and there was an award announced for the Manchester Academy Project.
We also helped Everton Football Club celebrate another successful year for the disability programme which is delivered by the club’s official charity and funded by the Premier League and BT Sport. And finally BT has celebrated 80 years of the 999 service - more than three and a half million emergency calls a year are handled from across the North West.
Mike Blackburn, Chair of the North West Regional Board