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Bamboo: We’re building a cyber-savvy, tech-hungry region

PUBLISHED: 14:34 20 February 2018

Lorrin White, MD, Bamboo

Lorrin White, MD, Bamboo

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Attracting new companies and young talent into Gloucestershire is key to Bamboo’s tech drive. Managing Director Lorrin White explains how

Seeing Bamboo in the press recently, you might be mistaken for thinking we are drudging out the same industry ‘our broadband is faster’ message; but ask us a few more questions and you will see a plan with real purpose for our region.

Over the past few months, we have seen plenty of interest and sign up to our CityFibre full-fibre network offering, which goes live at the end of February. But revenue and retention are not our primary purpose for this project.

Instead, imagine a Gloucestershire where young talent is united in its support of a cyber intensive, tech savvy region, attracting the brightest brains into a hub of excellence and economic intensity.

Picture our graduates (our sons and daughters even) returning to the region because they see real and long-term career potential with the best businesses in the UK.

Believe that company HQs want to be positioned in the most easily accessible spot on the map in the UK, without the premium business rates and cramped conditions of our capital city.

London and many other cities are thriving centres of economic importance from which we have much to learn, but I wholeheartedly believe Gloucestershire has the potential to be truly invigorating in its uniqueness. A green living identity with an economy to admire.

Like many thriving cities that we all work hard to be part of, there is a common thread to their success. Infrastructure, housing and public services. However, the simultaneous support of public and private bodies is the single source of power required behind any undertaking of this nature and here in Gloucestershire we are no different.

If we want to attract the biggest and the best, we need to be ready. As connectivity infrastructure climbs the agenda in decision making criteria for big business and their moves into and around the UK, a planned and fully supported approach to interconnectivity, cloud services, communications, data, back up and all that follows is essential.

Taking the primary legs of network in both Gloucester and Cheltenham and working outwards is only the beginning. Rallying support from local press, councils, development forums and chambers alike, we are putting our weight and effort behind creating a full-fibre infrastructure that stretches across the county.

This needs the full support of the business community too, to truly build what we all need for the future.

Companies operating in isolation, making decisions over connectivity that suits them isn’t going to take Gloucestershire from good to great. We all need to come together, putting forward an inspiring business case that can see our connectivity, capability and capacity for economic excellence become a reality – are you in?

If you believe you can be part of supporting this program, then please get in touch.

Visit the Bamboo website here.

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