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Faster broadband is ‘missing 5%’ for town

David Hall, foreground, with children from Bourton Meadow Academy 131115M-A064 ENGPNL00120131115121920

David Hall, foreground, with children from Bourton Meadow Academy 131115M-A064 ENGPNL00120131115121920

A managing director says his town is a great hub to work from but weak broadband is ‘holding businesses back’.

David Hall, founder of the PC People, in Buckingham, has grown the business from an internet cafe to a IT services provider for dozens of other small businesses in just 12 years.

He believes businesses in the town are in a great position to grow and many firms like his have made an effort to stay.

“We’ve moved three times around the same estate,” Mr Hall said. “All the units are filled, because we’re in a thriving community where everyone seems to know each other and there’s a nice spirit.

“And the transport links are not too bad as we’re sandwiched between the M1 and the M40.”

But Mr Hall thinks there is still work to be done to take the town to the next level, to grow the Buckingham Industrial Estate where his company is based and to attract more independent businesses.

“It’s 95 per cent in place here,” he said. “But superfast broadband is essential. It’s still a huge, huge issue.

“We have to run second lines into our offices and I tried to get a petition together because it’s holding a lot of businesses back.

“There’s also a lack of quality signage. There is an old sign but it’s tucked away in the bushes. We often have to give directions.”

Mr Hall said the secret to growing a small business is not simply a matter of infrastructure. In fact, two more things are of greater importance.

He said: “You need a good workforce. The seven people I have here do a fantastic job.

“And secondly, you need a good client base. Then comes the infrastructure through the roads and the phones.”

 

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