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NO MORE "NOT SPOTS" IN THE TWO COUNTIES

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Date: 19/04/2018

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is supporting the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in its recently launched campaign for “No More Not Spots”. The aim of the movement is to end “not spots” for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

Through surveys conducted by H&W Chamber of Commerce, connectivity has been highlighted as a huge concern for businesses of all shapes and sizes across the two counties, ultimately influencing business growth. Despite promising coverage stats being put out, the reality is often very different for firms.
 
The Chamber’s Policy department has been working to ensure businesses can access a world class digital infrastructure and build stronger relationships between the community and broadband delivery partners, like Fastershire and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
 
The BCC found that 21% of firms felt that UK mobile phone networks do not meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees. Worcestershire LEP and Worcestershire County Council undertook a drive trial of the county last year to understand the coverage of all suppliers, identified locations and “not spots” – and both organisations have now been working to improve coverage in priority areas.
 
Worcestershire LEP has recently confirmed that the county was successful in its bid for government funding to test and explore 5G connectivity to transform the way businesses will operate globally. The announcement is a huge win for firms in the two counties, allowing the Chamber and local business community to work proactively towards solutions.
 
The Chamber is delighted to support the BCC’s “Not Spots” campaign, bringing together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify challenges and solutions to improve poor mobile coverage. To report the gaps in coverage in your area, please visit www.britishchambers.org.uk or use the hashtag #ShareYourNotSpots on Twitter.