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​Mansfield Ahead of National Broadband Targets!

Managing Director of family run business Jephson Shopfitters Ian Jephson spoke to Andy Whittaker on BBC Radio Nottingham on Friday (8th August) about the positive impact of fibre broadband for businesses in Mansfield.

Nearly 2,000 homes and businesses in Nottingham; majority being in Mansfield now have access to superfast broadband. For the local business community this means being one step ahead of the competition and putting Mansfield on the map!

Jephsons Shopfitters have a customer portfolio that includes national companies such as Costa Coffee, KFC and Pizza Hutt. Commercial Director Ian Jephson said ‘Years ago customer plans and drawings would go back and forth in the post. Nowadays communication needs to be instant - our business demands high passing of information for alterations and detailed planning to go to not just one person but several people involved in a project.

Commenting on the difference broadband has made to the business, Ian stated: Previously, we may have lost a contract due to the delay in communication. With a fibre broadband connection it allows us to do this efficiently and puts us on a level playing field with other companies based throughout the UK. We are in an advantageous situation and puts a positive view on not just our organisation but the entire local business community.’

Andy Whittaker presenter for BBC Radio Nottingham asked Ian ‘You have your mum to thank for this?’ Ian informed Andy – ‘Jephsons are part of an organisation called Mansfield 2020, Kath Jephson is a board director and as part of her role she went out to the 200 local business members and asked ‘What is preventing business growth?’ and broadband connection was one of the key factors holding businesses back! Mansfield 2020 with their members made contact with BT and worked closely with them to ensure Mansfield was moved up the list for connection.’

This is all part of the £20m Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme. That is building on the commercial rollout of fibre broadband by the private sector in the county. It will result in 95% of homes and businesses in the county having access to the high-speed, fibre network during 2016.

Mansfield 2020 board member, Kath Jephson shared her delighted about the news: ‘As a business development organisation we are funded completely by our membership fees. In return we lobby and campaign to make vital changes needed for business growth. This has been on our agenda since 2011. In the background we are always building relationships with key partners to make things happen and put Mansfield on the Map. This demonstrates how partners and businesses can work together to make positive changes. We have already exceeded the 95% target for the UK and Mansfield will be 97.7% connected upon completion which according to the BT rollout schedule will be within a matter of weeks.’

Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council stated: ‘All credit to M2020 for their campaign to improve Broadband speeds for Mansfield businesses. M2020 members know how the internet can make them more competitive nationally and internationally.’

If you have any business issues or would like to be a part of an organisation that drives business growth and connects businesses locally contact Mansfield 2020 visit www.mansfield2020.com for more details.

To listen to the interview again click here: BBC Radio Nottingham and play from 1 hour 10 mins into the Andy Whittaker show.

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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