Award-winning IT specialist Cornerstone Business Solutions has made a superfast start to rolling out ultrafast broadband across the North-East, with more than 60 businesses on Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park signing up at the first opportunity.
Recently voted Best IT Services Company in the Northeast in the UK Corporate Excellence Awards, Stockton-based Cornerstone aims to provide the service to SME businesses across the region as the only Business Partners of Virgin Media Business across the entire region.
Running on next generation optical fibre cables, Virgin Media Business’s ultrafast business broadband – with speeds of up to 300Mbps – is more than three times faster than the next fastest available on the open market.
After much success in Hartlepool, Cornerstone made the bustling industrial estate of Riverside Park their first target area in Middlesbrough after identifying areas with poor broadband speeds.
Acting like an instant upgrade for devices and apps, superfast broadband will allow businesses to move easily between cloud apps and video streams while copying massive files and loading new web content.
“We’ve been welcomed with open arms,” said managing director Chris Petty. “It’s a no brainer for most businesses because we’re talking about by far the fastest broadband speeds ever so it’s a fantastic product.
“There are literally dozens of business parks around the North-East with poor broadband speeds. People are trying to run 21st Century businesses but are being held back due to poor broadband.
“Everybody wants things faster, whether it’s emails, web pages or online backups. We all know how frustrating it can be with slow bandwidth.
“Some of the Riverside Park organisations who’ve signed up for our 300Mbps service were previously struggling along on incredibly slow broadband speeds so this is going to revolutionise their business.
“Others we’ve spoken to were paying up to £6,000 a year for a leased line, while we’re offering a similar service for £40 a month.
“It’s understandably proving massively popular, so we’re expecting many more to sign up, both on Riverside Park and across the North-East.
“We’re targeting Teesside Industrial Estate and the Team Valley next.
Cornerstone, who have also been shortlisted for the Apprentices category in the North East Business Awards, have partnerships with global technology brands such as Sage, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Dell and Cisco, together with Virgin Media Business.
• Pictured (above): Chris Bibby of Cornerstone Business Solutions (left) with Martin Gilbey of Midas, one of more than 60 Riverside Park businesses to sign up for Virgin Media Business ultrafast broadband.