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Broadband connection grant gives local business Rawpixel a boost

PUBLISHED: 11:53 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 13 April 2018

Fastershire (Herefordshire & Gloucestershire) (c) Chas Breton

Fastershire (Herefordshire & Gloucestershire) (c) Chas Breton

Chas Breton Photography www.chasbretonphotography.co.uk

Rawpixel has become the first business in Gloucestershire to benefit from a grant, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Fastershire, to enable them to access superfast broadband

Rawpixel is one the of world’s leading producers of digital design resources, with a portfolio of over 1 million digital stock photos and illustrations all created from scratch by the Rawpixel creative team.

They selected CommsCo as their supplier and now have access to a dedicated service of 100 Mbps both download and upload, where before speeds only reached a maximum of 4 Mbps download and 0.5 Mbps upload.

Louise Churchill, Director of Corporate Services and Business Development, from Rawpixel said, “Increased connectivity speed will enable us to be a recognised global design resource and complete with the big established sites such as Shutterstock, iStockphoto and other stock photo/image sites. We manage huge amounts of data which, without fibre broadband, is impossible and so a lot of business activities which we would like to handle in the UK are being sent to our overseas team.

We are in constant communication with our Thailand office via Skype or Slack and all the software we use is Cloud-based and often collaborative in nature. The poor broadband often caused us problems using this technology and meant we couldn’t effectively access our digital asset database. As our business continues to grow we would like to increase the activities we do in the UK and thus employ more staff here, the increased connectivity we now have should mean we are now able to do this”

(c) Rawpixel (c) Rawpixel

Nav Mohammed from CommsCo said, “Upon initial engagement with Rawpixel, it became quickly apparent that they required an ultrafast connection of 100MB due to the unique nature of their business and the sheer bandwidth required for Rawpixel to operate effectively as one the largest stock image providers in the world.

A dedicated Fibre to the Premises connection was quickly identified as the most reliable and economically viable technology for meet the requirement. The engineering team were able to identify the most cost effective route for the fibre cabling and delivery took place within the customer timescales. Given the remote location of the customer the overall process was very successful and Rawpixel now have the ability to fulfil their true business potential.”

Councillor Lynden Stowe, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth, said, “Being able to access faster broadband is vital for our local businesses. Rawpixel is an incredible Gloucestershire-based digital business operating across the world. I’m delighted they have been able to benefit from this grant to provide the connectivity they desperately need.”

“Through our Fastershire project we are committed to expanding the availability of faster broadband to those who need it, and through grants like these we can support our businesses in being able to grow and compete on a local, national and international scale.”

(c) Rawpixel (c) Rawpixel

The Marches and Gloucestershire broadband grant gives eligible small businesses up to £25k to fund the installation of a superfast broadband connection.

If you run a business which cannot access speeds of over 30Mbps, and you are not already part of any current superfast broadband rollout plans, then you could be eligible for a grant.

Businesses wishing to see if they are eligible can visit the Fastershire website and input their address details in the checker.

Registering for the grant is a simple and easy process through a dedicated portal, but all applications for the grant must be completed before December 2018.

Businesses can also benefit from the Faster Business programme run by Fastershire and get access to a FREE business review by a business adviser. The review will help identify ways that IT can help businesses grow or reduce costs by saving time and money - click here to find out more.

Visit the Rawpixel website here.

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