Hartlepool firms will benefit from better broadband

Queens Meadow Business Park.
Queens Meadow Business Park.
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A £30,000 investment will boost internet access for firms on Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.

The boost from Hartlepool Borough Council, the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has been welcomed.

It is the first area within the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone to be upgraded to the new technology as part of the BDUK roll out, which is being coordinated in Tees Valley by Tees Valley Unlimited.

The technology will boost broadband speeds for companies already located at the site and also help to attract new businesses keen to take advantage of better, faster broadband.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chairman of the council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee, said: “In the modern technological age, efficient communication systems are vital to enable companies to compete successfully in a global market. Superfast broadband is an additional welcome boost to the excellent services and facilities we have at Queens Meadow and has been achieved through excellent partnership working by a number of key organisations.”

Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley which coordinates activities under the Digital Durham-led programme, said: “High-speed communications are crucial to commercial success in today’s competitive marketplaces and this investment will start transforming broadband speeds in the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone, further strengthening the area’s qualities as a great place to do business.”