CityFibre donates to community interest group

10 November 2021

CityFibre has teamed up with Leeds community interest group, Geeks Room CiC, to provide equipment, including laptops and monitors, to support a new programme helping older students gain employment. The group provides an alternative environment to the traditional school, with children (aged 8-18) given the opportunity to learn through gaming (known as Game Education) and practical lessons. Its inclusive approach is intended to pull down barriers and ensure children with differing abilities and needs feel valued, connected to others and able to make positive contributions to the group and wider community. The team’s inclusive centre is host to a range of courses, including coding clubs, technical classes and design workshops. “Technology donations play an essential role in this and we are grateful for CityFibre’s support as we expand our offering even further to help students gain employment,” said Becky Wetherill, head of management and communication at Geeks Room CiC. The partnership with CityFibre has enabled them to expand the programme, including additional support for older students (aged 16-25) to help develop employability, educational, social and life skills.

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Full fibre broadband for Uttoxeter businesses

10 November 2021

Fibre-to-the-premises provider LilaConnect has started construction of a new full fibre network in Uttoxeter to provide businesses “with fast, stable, and secure internet connectivity”. It is expected that the first premises will be able to connect to this new gigabit full fibre network in early 2022, with all businesses across the town having access by the end of 2022. “Accelerated by the global pandemic, a fast and reliable broadband connection has shifted from being a luxury to an essential utility,” said Brett Shepherd, managing director at LilaConnect. But it’s much more than just streaming video and music or online shopping, it’s also about transforming communities with improvements such as better access to employment, education, and healthcare. Having an open access full fibre network will future-proof Uttoxeter’s digital infrastructure and provide the reliability and bandwidth that is invaluable to residents and businesses in the town.”

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ITAD firm opens three new sites

09 November 2021

N2S, business which recycles IT equipment, has announced further expansion with new sites in Berkshire and Nottinghamshire as well as extending its Bury St Edmunds facility.

The new Reading site of approximately 13,500 sq ft, opening in mid-October, “will be a centre of excellence for the refurbishment and resale of pre-used IT equipment”. These include servers, PCs, laptops and mobiles, with an immediate staffing of 15 experienced technicians, sales personnel and administrators.

Huthwaite near Mansfield will see N2S opening a 50,000 sq. ft facility in early November. The company will transfer 20 staff from the current Mansfield distribution centre operation and up to another 30 by Easter 2022. This additional site will be a recycling and recovery facility for IT and telecoms equipment.

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Budget 2021: NHS gets £2.1bn IT cash injection

09 November 2021

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak ringfenced £2.1bn in this year’s budget, which he said will go toward improving IT and technology in NHS hospitals across the country.

The cash injection covers the introduction of digital systems for healthcare organisations that have not previously used them, restocking and updating antiquated technology, improving cybersecurity and expanding the use of shared digital care records.

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