Minister visits world leading business
project in Camborne
Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP celebrated the success of actnow,
the Objective One project which is driving take up of broadband
amongst businesses in Cornwall when he visited the project
offices at Tolvaddon Energy Park in Camborne on Monday 20th
Paul Boateng is MP for Brent South and was appointed Chief
Secretary to the Treasury in May 2002.
He was taken on a tour of the state of the art actnow offices
at Tolvaddon Energy Park and met the staff.
He also discovered the project's secrets of success from
Project Manager, Ranulf Scarbrough.
A £20 million pound Objective One project, actnow is
widely regarded as the most successful public private broadband
partnership in the UK and growth of broadband in Cornwall
is now ahead of any other rural area.
Over 4000 businesses in the Cornwall are already supported
through the actnow project.
Paul Boateng said: "With the help of project such as actnow, businesses in Cornwall can now face the future with
confidence. actnow has brought Cornwall to the leading edge
of broadband usage amongst businesses."
John Berry, Managing Director of Cornwall Enterprise, the
lead partner for the project, said: "The actnow project
is a fundamental building block in creating a high value economy
in Cornwall. What gives me confidence is that Cornish businesses
have taken up the challenge so avidly. This bodes well for
the future of Cornwall."
Nigel Ashcroft, actnow Project Director, says: "We are
thrilled that Paul Boateng has shown such interest in actnow.
Creating Broadband Britain has been a prime objective for
this government and in Cornwall we are well on the way to
making that dream a reality."
The actnow programme is a demand led initiative to encourage
businesses in Cornwall to gain the support they need to move
into the new broadband economy.
Broadband operates at much higher speeds than a standard
internet connection with consumer products typically 10 times
faster and business products up to 40 times faster. Products
can be ordered from a range of service providers.
Project partners are Cornwall Enterprise, BT, Cornwall County
Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency,
Cornwall County Council, Business Link, Cornwall College,
Defra, the Cornwall Broadband Partnership and Objective One.
For further information, call Kelly Hitcham of actnow on
0800 800 935.
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991
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