The Scottish Government and its partners are extending high speed fibre broadband to around 95% of Scotland by the end of March 2018.
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SuperControl (http://www.supercontrol.co.uk/ ) is an online booking system and management tool used by holiday accommodation businesses in the UK and in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company is based in Castle Douglas and has recently upgraded to fibre broadband.Read full story
Bonkers is a gift and card retailer, with town centre stores in St Andrews and Edinburgh. Set up by Lindsey Adam thirty years ago, the business has grown steadily and also now offers online sales to its customer base, who appreciate the refreshingly different, quirky product range.Read full story
Rollos are a long established solicitors and estate agents, with offices in St Andrews, Cupar, Auchtermuchty and Glenrothes. They offer a wide range of legal, financial and property services across Fife, Tayside and further afield, nationally and internationally. Rollos were one of the first businesses to order fibre optic broadband, when it became available in Cupar, which is where the Rollos principal office is based.Read full story
Jim Gales MBE, who lives with his wife Janet and Guide Dog Zeb, in the village of Springfield, near Cupar, has been amazed at the difference fibre broadband has made to him. Jim, who is blind, works from home managing and developing three different organisations that promote sport for people with disabilities in Scotland. These are Disabled Curling Scotland, Vision Impaired Golf Alliance and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.Read full story
Silver City Surfers is an innovative charity bringing digital skills to people aged over 55 in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. The organisation runs five free sessions a week in the city, where people can gain confidence in using IT, with one to one tuition from instructors at their own pace, all in a relaxed, social setting. Silver City Surfers are now benefiting from a high speed fibre connection at the Salvation Army Citadel in Aberdeen, where hundreds of people attend their sessions each year.Read full story
Until we got our new superfast fibre connection, it was very difficult because the videos would not stream properly and kept slowing down and stopping. This was really annoying and made it difficult to pay attention and learn. But now we have fibre broadband, it is great! Videos work perfectly and it is also easier to access the school network.Read full story
David Foubister is a web data specialist providing consultancy services from his home office in Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Clients include the Scottish Government and others, mainly within the agriculture, forestry and oil industries.Read full story
Alison Bradley and her husband Denis run a multi-award winning magazine about contemporary flower design that sells to customers in 75 countries across the globe. They run the business from a home office in the rural village of Kippen in West Stirlingshire. Since founding the business in 2001, the couple have established an enthusiastic following on every continent, including over 200,000 fans on Facebook and other social media.Read full story
Vivienne Seeley set up VivID, a graphic design consultancy, 15 years ago working from her home in St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. The company has gone from strength to strength and Vivienne has clients across the UK as well as many local clients, for whom she designs brand identities, websites and other marketing materials.Read full story
Val, who lives in Quarriers village in Inverclyde, set up as an independent stylist with Stella & Dot in 2012. Stella and Dot, which is an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewellery and accessories line is available exclusively online and through in-home Trunk Shows run by their independent stylists.Read full story
Tom is Head of Development at D8, a design agency in Glasgow. He lives with his partner Ann and Ann’s 18 year old son, Lewis, in the village of Bridgehouse in West Lothian. He often works from his home office in a wooden cabin at the bottom of the garden, overlooking the pond. Now they have a fibre broadband connection, Tom is able to work from home just as effectively as from the office, boosting his productivity and improving his quality of life.Read full story
Graeme Blackie lives in Houston in Renfrewshire. He is finding that fibre broadband is making a big difference to him. He says: "Fibre broadband has radically improved the whole digital experience."Read full story
Professor Russel Griggs lives with his wife Liz in a traditional sandstone house in the village of Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway. He has a number of high profile roles in the financial and energy sector as well as for Scottish Government and Government in Northern Ireland. Professor Griggs says fibre broadband is transforming his use of the internet.Read full story
The Glen Lui Hotel is in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park and enjoys a tranquil woodland setting with views across Ballater Golf Course to Lochnagar. The hotel has been owned and run by Gordon and Susan Bell together with their son Murray since 2006 and it is open throughout the year. Susan is excited about the new opportunities their fibre broadband connection opens up for the hotel, as well as the improvements it will make to the experience the hotel can offer its customers.Read full story
Dav McKenzie lives in the rural village of Langbank near Glasgow. As a member of the local community council as well as a freelance digital marketer and an avid online gamer, Dav is finding that fibre broadband is making life better in a huge number of ways.
Dav says: “Langbank is a small rural community and like many others, we have struggled to maintain our local facilities. For example since we lost our village shop, which was the heart of the village, there has been less of a central hub and less interaction between the residents.Read full story
Christina Kelly lives in the Glasgow suburb of Stepps with her husband David and 14 year old son Matt. As Managing Director of public relations firm Golley Slater, she sometimes works from home and finds this is significantly easier now she has a fibre broadband connection. However, for Christina, the biggest advantage is that the whole family can now be online at the same time and that everyone in the household is happier as a result. “I no longer have a grumpy son!’ she says.Read full story
Phil Prentice is Chief Officer of the Scotland’s Towns Partnership, an initiative fostering growth and economic development in 500 towns across Scotland. Phil and his wife moved from Glasgow to Inverkip, a historic conservation village on the Clyde coast for lifestyle reasons and they were prepared to accept compromising on connectivity. However, now he has a fibre broadband connection, Phil says he does not need to compromise on broadband speeds after all and he can enjoy ‘the best of all worlds.’Read full story
Robert and Christine Young live in the small rural village of Chapelton in South Lanarkshire. They are thrilled to have a superfast broadband connection as it has revolutionised their ability to work from home effectively.Read full story
Inchture Hotel is a family owned country hotel in the village of Inchture, four miles from Dundee. Owned by husband and wife team Stef and Jack Kelly-Barton since 1999, the hotel is now entering an exciting new phase in its development, thanks to superfast broadband.Read full story
Peter Rae from Biggar is one of thousands of people across South Lanarkshire who is benefiting from fibre broadband. Having signed up to fibre broadband he has seen a significant improvement in his service, revolutionising the way in which he is able to communicate across the world, including Australia and America.Read full story
With Scotland’s mountainous landscape and scattered rural communities, bringing fibre broadband to 95% of premises is not going to be easy! This is a really complex and challenging engineering project. In fact, it’s the most ambitious fibre infrastructure project yet undertaken in Europe.Read about the programme