Kate has visited Trafford Park based Brew Tea Co.to see the benefits the business is enjoying since its connection to ultrafast broadband.
Brew Tea Co., which provides high quality rolled, whole leaf tea for supermarkets such as Waitrose and Sainsburys, has recruited 10 new staff and increased its business by 40 per cent since getting the latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology, which is capable of delivering ultrafast speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps).
The firm is one of more than 8,000 businesses in Greater Manchester able to benefit from high-speed fibre broadband being rolled out by the Get Digital Faster programme.
Get Digital Faster, which is supported with funding from the UK Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, local Greater Manchester districts, the EU and BT, has also made fibre broadband available to nearly 40,000 households.
Aideen Kirby, co-founder of the Brew Tea Co, which started using ultrafast broadband last Autumn, said: “Since ordering fibre broadband, the difference to my business is like night to day. I’ve been able to streamline my business by taking advantage of apps in the cloud, which has made our order process more streamlined. This wasn’t possible when we had our slow broadband connection.
“The fast connection, giving us access to cloud software, has meant we can take and fulfil more orders and predict demand more accurately so much so we’ve had to take on 10 new staff to cope with the demand.
“It doesn't just help with order processing though, it helps us with literally every aspect of our business from financial planning to raw material tracking to order processing. It's this streamlined process that has helped us focus on growth rather than living up to our necks in paperwork and my business has grown 40 per cent as a result.”
Kate said: “Fast, reliable broadband is crucial for our local businesses and it’s great to hear of the success Brew Tea Co. have had since they started using ultrafast broadband.
“As MP, over the past several years I’ve pressed Ministers to introduce superfast broadband in Trafford Park and will continue to press for this so that all local businesses can see the benefits of a fast and reliable internet connection enjoyed by Brew Tea Co.”