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Mountford - registered childminder
Ann has two broadband enabled computers in the house –
one for her own use running the business and one in a room
in the part of the house used for childminding that is specifically
for the use of the children in her care.
Having had support from actnow to obtain
broadband, Ann finds it invaluable to help her source and
download government information relating to childminding,
especially OFSTED information and other government guidelines,
which are stringent in this field. She also uses the computer
to generate invoices, tax returns and so on as well as using
the internet to help plan childminding sessions.
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Bouncy Happy People, a Falmouth based trampoline and outdoor
play business has grown in two years from a being a small
local Cornish company, based in Mylor, to a national business
retailing on the internet the widest range of trampolines
in the UK.
Pen and Paddy Polglase were helped by an actnow
broadband adviser who offered advice on the development of
a new eCommerce website and arranged for investment towards
the cost of a digital upgrade. The new website replaced their
old brochure site and is so effective at bringing in sales
that they have extended their range to include other outdoor
games, sports and play equipment.
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Villa Veterinary Surgery
Clifton Villa Veterinary Surgery is a mixed veterinary practice
with centres in Truro, Camborne and Tregony, employing six
vets, ten nurses and two support staff. Broadband has allowed
the surgery to save a huge amount of time and offer a considerably
better service to its clients.
With support from actnow, Clifton Villa
Veterinary Surgery has installed a virtual private network
connecting all of its sites. This means that the records of
all animals can be viewed on screen at all centres. If a client
visits a different practice from usual, their records will
still be accessible. This saves having to make phone calls
to check the history of an animal or check accounts - the
veterinary practice can now offer a seamless instant service.
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J Congdon and NJ Congdon
Nicholas and his father John run Ellbridge Farm, a dairy farm
consisting of 700 acres in the Saltash to Callington area.
The farm's use of technology has expanded rapidly in
the last year and having a broadband internet connection has
made reporting processes much easier - for all their cattle
records they use the Interherd programme from National Milk
Records and all communication with British Cattle Movements
System is done over the internet, also using the Interherd
They are also now starting to do internet banking, paying
bills on line, and doing PAYE end of year returns, all online.
Their vision for the future is to be 100% computer driven,
keeping paper records to the minimum or even none at all.
Having discussed their plans with actnow,
Ellbridge Farm received a rebate towards the cost of the PDA
and the Interherd software.
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St Austell-based Leap Media has received Objective One support via three different projects - initially via Cornwall Pure Business (which supports businesses relocating to Cornwall) and actnow (broadband) and latterly via the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme when Claire England started her placement with Leap Media in early 2007.
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