Business parks can often feel ignored, particularly those on the periphery of a town where traditional broadband solutions tend to run out of steam, partly because the density of premises can make the commercial case for superfast broadband harder.
So it is a nice surprise to see a County Council being congratulated by DCMS for how its encouraging private sector investment to improve broadband services on business parks, the council being Northamptonshire.
"It is great to see Northamptonshire County Council gaining national recognition for its enterprising approach to inward investment. Consequently, Northamptonshire is rapidly becoming one of our most connected counties in the UK and providing superfast broadband to these additional sites means that even more businesses can benefit from our services.
We’re offering all sites a range of business-grade broadband and high-capacity leased lines, along with voice and online backup capabilities and can provide tailored packages to suit every organisation.Ben King, chief executive officer at WarwickNet
WarwickNet has over the last 18 months connected Corby Gate Business Park, Weldon North Industrial Estate, Willowbrook East Industrial Estate, Weldon South Industrial Estate and Corby Business Centre to its network. Kettering Venture Park and Telford Way Industrial Estate have also just recently gone live.
For business parks built before decent broadband became hyper-critical to the success or not of a business you can forgive developers not considering broadband, but hopefully the message has reached owners of existing and future business parks that good internet is more important than car parking spaces in 2016 and that the Internet needs will vary according to the type of business moving in.