Fishing industry nets the advantages of broadband
This week sees actnow launch a publication
promoting the benefits of broadband to the fishing industry
The publication has been produced by actnow,
the pioneering Objective One project, led by Cornwall Enterprise,
that is promoting the use of broadband to businesses in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly.
Working in association with EverybodyOnline, that is driving
a local project in Newlyn, aimed at promoting use of the Internet
in the community, actnow have set out to
showcase the achievements of local fishermen and fish wholesalers
David Pascoe, who set up www.cornishsardine.com
a year ago, says: "Broadband has opened up new ways
of reaching out to customers. I have received many private
orders through my website as well as help promote awareness
of the industry to a wider public."
Bernadette Kessell of Kynance Crab, says: "With
broadband, it is so much simpler to buy the items we need
for the business. We buy everything online now, saving us
time and money."
Robin Turner of JH Turner and Co, retail and wholesale fish
merchants in Newlyn, says: "With broadband, there
is instant access to a whole range of useful information such
as weather forecasts and pressure charts, making planning
and safety easier. It also gives us access to online fish
auctions. Broadband has really helped increase our productivity."
Gary Palmer of EverybodyOnline says: "We are working
hard in Newlyn to raise awareness of the benefits of the Internet
to the fishing industry and the wider community. The Internet
really can help transform businesses and peoples lives."
Nigel Ashcroft, Project Director of actnow
says: "We are working closely with EverybodyOnline
to ensure that the benefits of broadband are appreciated by
a wider audience."
actnow recently set up the wireless broadband
network at the Community Centre in Newlyn free of charge,
so that the community could make the most of the technology.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
says: "actnow is one of the most
significant and far-reaching projects in the Objective One
Programme. We are delighted to see that the benefits of 21st
century technology are now being extended to the fishing industry,
where it will contribute to maximising the landed value of
John Berry, Managing Director of Cornwall Enterprise says:
"The fishing industry is at the heart of Cornwall's
traditional economies. We want to ensure that the internet
and broadband is embraced so that fishing can seize future
For more information, contact Lynn File at Brand Innovation
on 07968 015731.
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
to gain the support they need to move into the broadband economy.
It is one of the largest private and public sector partnerships
in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since it was granted Objective
One status by the European Union in 2000.
The £20 million pound Objective One project is part
financed by the European Union through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). Other project partners include
Cornwall Enterprise, BT, the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs, the South West of England Regional Development
Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link Devon and Cornwall,
Cornwall College and Rural Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership.
EverybodyOnline in Newlyn is an initiative run by the national
charity Citizens Online. It is supported by BT, Penwith Distrct
Council and actnow. The project aims to help
the local community overcome any barriers that they may have
to digital technology. EverybodyOnline provides access to
technology and training, enabling residents to take advantage
of the wealth of opportunities digital technology and the
internet has to offer.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439