Broadband supporting rural firms

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A small rural business has hailed the efforts of a county council for carrying out vital improvements to Suffolk’s internet speeds.

As Suffolk County Council continues its drive to get every property in Suffolk broadband at a reasonable speed, one business owner has spoken of his delight at the venture.

Nicholas Willcocks renovated Alpheton Hall Barns in 2009, turning it into a bespoke wedding venue.

The building is thought to be one of the oldest remnants of a timber framed barn in England and dates back to the 10th century.

After the renovation, its rise in popularity immediately raised issues between the owner and guests.

Often, broadband speeds averaged less than 0.5mb, regularly failing altogether.

To get round this, offices had to be maintained in nearby Lavenham, affecting the viability of the venture and resulting in staff having to travel between the two locations.

Last week, however, the business, along with the rest of the village, was connected to a high-speed fibre optic network, resulting in a significant increase in speed.

This should save the business the equivalent of four weeks’ productivity each year. “It was not a case of could we afford it, but rather how could we afford not to,” said Mr Willcocks.