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Two Years at Gigabit Networks: An Exclusive Interview with Tim

As Tim Loveday (Head of New Business and Channel Sales) celebrates his remarkable two-year journey with Gigabit Networks, we had the privilege of sitting down with him to reflect on the incredible growth and transformation this company has witnessed during his tenure. In this exclusive interview, Tim takes us on a captivating ride through the company’s evolution, the dynamic industry trends in full-fibre technology, his insights on Gigabit Network’s market competitiveness, the expanding partnerships and collaborations that have fueled their success, and his exciting vision for the future. This conversation offers a unique glimpse into the heart of Gigabit Networks and the driving force behind its impressive rise in the world of connectivity.

What Has the Company’s Growth and Transformation Been Like in the Last Two Years? 

Tim: The company has changed exponentially since I joined in 2021. We have gone from 3 to 23 staff and upped revenues 10-fold in that period of trading! Honestly, when I started at the business, we were very much still in startup mode, the network was still being built, and we were still finding our feet in terms of the product and go-to-market strategy. Over a two-year period, we have managed to productise the services that we deliver, define clear routes to market and build those effectively, and drive monthly run rate revenues into the business, which now means we are turning a profit rather than burning cash. The achievements above mean that we are now effectively in scale-up mode, where we are looking for continued sustainable growth to get to our aim of being one of the largest and most successful FTTP aggregators in the UK. 

In terms of staff, we have made a number of strategic hires across those two years, bringing in seasoned channel talent to make sure we can help deliver the growth plans that we have. Of course, scaling is always a relatively challenging process, and hiring staff can be a lottery, but through our internship and apprenticeship programmes, we have managed to bring in young talent from local areas and train them up to be the people that we need within our business to help us achieve the goals that we have.  

What Has Been the Industry Trends and Full-fibre Advancements During This Period? 

Tim: In terms of the FTTP landscape, a lot has changed in the last two years, and there are some significant milestones to come over the next two years as well. The PSTN switch-off is, of course, fueling the delivery of FTTP, and we are capitalising on this as best we can. We are now seeing FTTP cover a significant amount of the population, and this is only set to grow. Openreach is now opening its infrastructure for other carriers to deliver across, and that will only accelerate the delivery of the new technology. All of this leads to more access to the internet and clouds, which speeds up working environments, gaming environments, the ability to do homework online, and so on. The possibilities are literally endless with this.

The biggest change to come in the FTTP arena, aside from the obvious switch-off, will be the TOTSCO switching process, which brings some regulation as to how we can switch FTTP between carriers and how the customer is looked after. Much like how broadband was regulated many years ago, this will bring some uniformity to how a customer can move between suppliers and ensure that they aren’t misled or duped by overzealous sales techniques. There is still a lot of work to do here, and I see some speed bumps on the road ahead, but all in all, I think this will be a great addition to the industry and will protect consumers, businesses, and ISP’s alike when we hit the full scale of FTTP in the UK.

What Do You Have to Say About Gigabit Network’s Market Position and Competitiveness? 

Tim: From a competitive point of view, I think we are able to punch way above our weight in this industry. The supplier relationships we have, the network we have built, and the commercials we have managed to secure allow us to compete with the big boys like Vodafone, Giacom and Talk Talk, but without the huge overheads and head counts that they have. Not only are we extremely competitive in the consumer space, but we are also able to be keen on pricing within the channel while being fleet of foot and able to offer true partnership options that you won’t get elsewhere. As a channel veteran, we all know that people buy people, and the fact that my sales team and I can give a real personal service pays dividends for us and is a real focus of our channel model moving forward.

As we progress through the end of 2023 and into 2024, we will continue to deliver cutting-edge products in terms of speed and availability, as well as adding additional carriers to the mix, which will continue to enhance our product range for consumers and channel partners alike. Watch this space for some exciting news on all fronts. Connectivity is key in our lives today, and we will aim to ensure that we can always deliver you the best options for any opportunity that you may stumble across.

Success breeds success, as we know, and all the above has led us to a few awards across the last few years: Channel Champions Marketing Team of the Year, Best ISP in the Midlands, Best Emerging ISP, Best Supplier of Urban Broadband—the list goes on. We are, of course, very proud of these awards, but that’s not what it is all about for us. Knowing that our customers are happy and that they have exceptional service from us is all we need to sleep well at night!

How Has Gigabit Network’s Partnerships and Collaborations Evolved Over the Years? 

Tim: Currently, we are partnered with CityFibre, Full Fibre, F&W Networks, BT Wholesale, and a few others, but this list will continue to grow as we do. Having supportive suppliers is one of the keys to our success; they have empowered us to grow and ensure that we are competitive in a tough landscape, and this has driven us to pay this forward to our customers. Above our suppliers, however, our channel partners are the lifeblood of all that we do. They enable us to reach opportunities that we would never get to on our own, and for this, we thank you. As always, the channel has embraced the new technologies that we deliver and consumes them at an incredible rate. They are passionate and enthusiastic about the future products that we are looking to deliver, and we are just as excited and enthusiastic to deliver them to you. 

The channel has led us to deliver some outstanding business, from a 24-site storage company to a 500-site coffee shop chain, all perfect examples of the power of the channel and the long-lasting relationships that those channel partners build with their clients. We would like to think that you could ask any of our channel partners what it is like to deal with Gigabit Networks and that they would all give a resounding excellent! But don’t take my word for it; if you would like to talk to a partner, let me know, and I can arrange a chat for you.

Share Your Thoughts About Your Future Outlook and Vision for the Business 

Tim: The future is bright for Gigabit Networks. Our mission statement is to be able to deliver sustainable next-generation broadband to all homes and businesses across the UK. We genuinely feel that a good FTTP connection is the last broadband connection you should ever need to buy. With the advent of 2.5Gb, 5Gb, and even 10Gb FTTP around the corner, the possibilities of what we can deliver are quite literally limitless! By the time we get to 2027, copper will be a thing of the past and the future will be solely glass fibre broadband, which means we are perfectly positioned to be one of the premier suppliers of these services to the UK channel as we evolve into that next iteration of what the UK communications industry looks like.

What Do You Think About Your Personal Growth and Leadership During This Period? 

Tim: From a personal perspective, working at Gigabit Networks has given me the chance to grow both personally and professionally. We are lucky enough to have an amazing owner and mentor here, and he has molded and shaped the SLT to be able to drive the business towards its goals while still giving us all the freedom to make informed decisions and ensure that we always have the business’s best interests at heart. I have certainly learned a lot from his style of leadership, and as such, I employ these management strategies with the staff that we have brought on board over the last two years.

In summary, the last two years have been an absolute roller coaster, but the type of ride that leaves you wanting to get straight back on and go again, but next time with bigger dips and more loop-de-loops! Gigabit Networks is a name that will be here to stay in the channel, and I would welcome anyone to come and speak to us about how we can work together and help bring the next generation of connectivity to your customer base. Drop me a line (partners@gigabitnetworks.co.uk), or request a partner pack here. There is always a space in my diary for a quick team!

Gigabit Networks Showcases Innovative Business Broadband Solutions at Channel-live 2023

Channel Live, the premier information and communication technology (ICT) event in the UK, is the place to be for the latest and greatest products and services in the industry. Channel Live is a great opportunity for technology companies to showcase their latest innovations, network with potential customers and partners, and engage with the wider technology community.

At this year’s event, we will be showcasing our innovative business full-fibre broadband products and seeking new partners to join us in delivering this game-changing technology to businesses across the UK. With our wide range of business broadband products and commitment to delivering high-quality and reliable services, we are well positioned to help channel partners expand their business offerings and improve their customer satisfaction.

We remain committed to delivering high-quality and reliable business broadband services to businesses of all sizes. All our products and services are designed to meet the unique needs of businesses and help them increase productivity, improve collaboration, and drive growth.

Our Partners are key players in helping us drive our mission, so we’re sure to equip them with everything they need to boost their bottom line.

“Channel Live presents yet another opportunity to share with potential partners, our genuine partnership opportunities unlike the transactional relationships they might encounter with the bigger players.”

Tim Loveday (Head of New Business and Channel Sales)

One of the key benefits of partnering us is that channel partners can offer their customers a full range of business broadband services. This can help them expand their business offerings and increase their revenue, among other things. By exhibiting at Channel Live, we aim to build new partnerships with channel partners who are committed to providing their customers with high-quality business broadband services.

Why not join us for a warm welcome and a chat with our friendly team as you learn more about our partner incentives, fibre only connectivity (no legacy services) and how we’ve structured our partner programme in bringing the ever-expanding UK FTTP footprint under one roof.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see what we have to offer at Channel Live 2023.

Click here to Register (Free), and visit us at stand 120.

FullFibre and Gigabit Networks to provide ultrafast broadband

Gigabit Networks is the latest Internet Service Provider (ISP) to join FullFibre’s partner programme to deliver ultrafast, reliable internet connections via the FullFibre network.

After successfully launching its digital revolution in the cities of Derby, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Wolverhampton, Gigabit have set their sights on the neighbouring towns on FullFibre’s partner network.

This new partnership is an expansion to FullFibre’s ISP partner network and follows previous new partner announcements. With their focus on the Midlands, Gigabit Networks will augment FullFibre’s national offering regionally, with more choice for residents in the region seeking a high-quality residential broadband provider.

Commenting on the new partnership, Head of Wholesale at FullFibre, Matt Baker, said “With our national network growing at pace, it is really reassuring to be partnering with Gigabit Networks, who are known for providing quality internet services.

“This addition to our rapidly growing partner programme means we can offer even more choice to residents and businesses across the Midlands and supplements our overall offering in the 86 towns we operate in”.

David Yates, co-founder of Gigabit Networks also comments, “Having recently been voted ‘Best Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Midlands’, Gigabit Networks is on a mission to empower the region with faster internet connectivity. This new partnership with FullFibre will help us to reach this goal and reflects our shared values when it comes to transforming lives through high-quality digital services”.

FullFibre is a wholesale telecoms network provider, operating under the customer-facing brand Fibre Heroes, to connect the historically overlooked towns of the UK with an ultrafast broadband connection.

The multi-award-winning Gigabit Networks is on a mission to empower the Midlands with faster internet connectivity and become the Midlands’ full fibre ISP. They aim to empower the Midlands with faster, future-proofed, ultra-reliable internet connectivity and unlock the possibilities that come with gigabit-capable fibre broadband.

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Gigabit Monthly Roundup: what’s been happening in the industry recently 

We have now finished November, and Christmas is only around the corner! Companies are planning for what is to come in 2023! 

City Fibre Racing into 2023: Enough cabiling in Northampton to lap Silverstone 143 times.   

The UK’s largest independent full-fibre platform, City Fibre, has laid a staggering 840km of full-fibre internet cables through Northampton, as part of its £40m plan to future-proof the town’s connectivity.    

This means that there is enough full fibre cabling to speed through 143 laps of the nearby, Silverstone Circuit. It’s amazing to see how City Fibre keeps on expanding their range to bring new benefits to different regions. 

Blackpool set for massive CityFibre Boost 

City Fibre has announced they will build a £283M new, region-wide network that will bring ultrafast and reliable full fibre-enabled internet services. 

The move demonstrates just how powerful and essential full fibre is as a catalyst for growth and a platform for innovation and investment. 

Gigabit Broadband Covers 99% of Newly Built UK Homes 

The latest H1 2022 report into the broadband coverage of new build UK homes reveals that 99.03% of houses constructed during the first half of 2022 were connected to a gigabit-capable network, using full fibre FTTP and Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC).  

HFC is another exciting technology and is a cable that combines fibre optic and coaxial cable-based transmission modes into one unified path. Meaning less mess of cable management clutter and quicker speeds. All in One Place! It’s one of many endless possibilities that come with Gigabit. 

Gigabit Hosts Partner Breakfast!  

Last week, we hosted our Partner Breakfast in Leicester.  


The event was a success! We had a great time speaking to existing and prospective partners. This is our Head of Sales Tim Loveday and our co-founders David Yates and Dan Ilett at the event!  
 
We can’t wait for the next event, but in the meantime, if you want to learn more about the Gigabit partner program, click here! 
 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gigabit! Stay tuned next month to get exciting news on how the industry will be moving into 2023! 

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Gigabit Monthly Roundup: what’s been happening in the industry recently 

We have now finished October and November is upon us. The end of the year is here, and companies are gearing up for a busy Christmas period.  

City Fibre announces a 17m investment in Loughborough 

The network provider has announced they will build a new town-wide network that will bring fast and reliable full fibre-enabled internet services within reach of almost every home and business in Loughborough. 

Construction work on the full fibre network in Loughborough will begin in the Storer area of the town. It’s great that OUR provider is expanding their reach and will allow the local residents and businesses of Loughborough to reap the many benefits of full fibre technology.   

CityFibre Excels in Comms National Awards 2022 

Our infrastructure provider, CityFibre has been awarded as the winner of the Best Carrier or Network category at the 2022 Comms National Awards, (CNAs). They were also highly commended in the Best Partner Programme (above £10M) award.  

This underlines the strength of its full fibre network and continuing rollout programme. We are excited to be working them and look forward to bridging the digital divide across the Midlands.  

FTTP reaches 11 million homes 

A new report from Ofcom has found that access to full-fibre broadband has jumped by more than 50 per cent in a year, with FTTTP networks now reaching 11 million homes and 37 per cent of households. 

This massive shift found that the pandemic has accelerated a shift towards hybrid working for businesses but there are still 83,000 properties are unable to get a ‘decent’ broadband speed of 10 Mbit/s downloads and 1 Mbit/s upload. 

Currently, we can reach 235,000 homes for FTTP and this will be 1.2million by the end of 2024. 

3 Rising Trends in Healthcare Technology enabled by Gigabit Connectivity

The Internet is evolving and constantly helps the healthcare industry improve in many ways. It is now a more valuable resource for practitioners.

End-to-end practices from learning, treating, and maintaining patients’ health are being elevated with the support of a reliable internet connection.

Healthcare technology advances enabled by Gigabit speeds could significantly improve patients’ lives and save thousands of pounds per person per year. It continues to attract massive investment, helping the industry improve health equity worldwide by making it more accessible, scalable, and equitable. 

Here are the latest 3 healthcare technologies that you should be aware of:

Xenobots Programmable Living Robot 

These tiny hair-like structures’ controllable technology can be used for specific medical purposes and manipulations. They can transform into multiple shapes and move in different ways, making it easier to assess the human body. 

There’s no genetic material on them, so they can’t mutate or evolve on their own which means they are safe for the human body. 

In the long term, this technology can support the healthcare industry with regenerative medicine, such as finding suspicious cells or piling things in the human body. 

Xenobots are definitely a revolutionary invention in healthcare technology. The hospital just needs to make sure to have ultra-fast and ultra-reliable internet access with 100% SLA and dedicated bandwidth.

3D Printed Smart Implants 

The 3D printing opportunities in the healthcare industry are expected to exceed $6 billion by 2027. These bio-compatible implants can be more time and cost-effective.

They are also capable of replicating fully functional mechanical organs which are expected to work better, match better and last longer. 

With the latest Gigabit connectivity that is offering speeds up to 10Gbps, such technology will be brilliant! It makes it more reliable and accessible for a wider spectrum of patients. There’s still a long way to go, but the future of this technology seems to be truly amazing.

Virtual-Reality Therapy 

A gamified approach to therapy can be more entertaining compared to a traditional one. Together with doctors, physicians and therapists, multiple VR training exercises tailor up exercise to fits patients’ therapeutic needs.

These methods have been proven to be effective as they increase patient engagement during the session. All it needs is Gigabit connectivity with low latency so it can re-create and virtually inhabit digital environments based on required conditions.

There are few cases with this VR technology, such as Bravemind for their PTSD treatment, Virtually Better for their anxiety and depression, and Neuro Rehab VR for their dysfunctional-body treatment.

As the technology become more affordable, it will be more and more widely adopted while more immersive technologies come to the forefront. 

Gigabit internet connectivity makes it easier for healthcare industries to elevate their services – enabling healthcare professionals to be more innovative and fearless in exploring any future invention.

All these emerging technologies in healthcare become more popular and will soon take over the healthcare industry. Needless to say, companies need reliable Gigabit connectivity who will bring the future into the present by facilitating these most massive solutions in the healthcare industry.

Gigabit Networks is serving you an ultrafast and ultra-reliable connectivity at an affordable price.

From hospitals to small, local practices we have packages to suit any organization; and you can check them out by clicking here.

The New Virtual Try-on Technology You Can Use to Boost Your Retail Business

Retail is one of the most competitive fields of the economy. No matter how advanced your product is or how popular your market is, retail business can still be challenging.  It’s fast pace operation has forced us to promptly adapt to digitisation.

The shopping experience has evolved, bringing a new technology innovation called Virtual Try-On. An interactive and engaging way to shop.

What is Virtual Try-On Technology?

This cutting-edge technology is a newfound innovation to facilitate customers who want to know how they would look in the products they want to buy. It utilizes virtual reality (VR) technology to recreate an artificial experience to elevate the shopping experience.

Customers no longer need to hassle when trying on items. They simply have to stand Infront of the tool’s screen to see how the product can fit them!

This technology reimagines the try-on process in a fun and interactive way. It is even cooler as there are some additional features like size and colour recommendations and voice assistance.

Is this the future of the retail? Yes. 

It seems that soon tech-savvy consumers won’t view digital solutions as a luxury, but as a necessity. The internet expansion has made everything possible and allowed for rapid innovation. Especially with the introduction of ultrafast Gigabit connectivity that helps people and businesses to access everything instantly.

How can Virtual Try-On be beneficial?

Effective and Efficient Operation

The existence of this technology can help to shorten shopping trips which for some may already be too long.

Customers can try on as many products as possible with no hassle. No more time-consuming processes of putting on clothes or even removing makeup.

Businesses can tap into an ultrafast connection and let this new technology do the work. Improving your business productivity, reducing sample cost and helping to utilise more space in stores for products and less for changing rooms. 

This is definitely an effective strategy to optimize the revenue and maintain an efficient operational budget.

Customer Focus

The traditional try-on procedure can be challenging for customers, especially those with accessibility issues,  because it requires a lot of consideration, movement and hassle. 

It can be pretty complex and overwhelming, potentially frustrating the customer to the point that they give up. 

With Virtual Try-On, customers can explore everything at their fingertips with no hassle. It can elevate the shopping experience with its personalisation and also offers the opportunity to upsell more products. 

Internet and virtual reality have proved to be a great way to engage customers. Check how sufficient your internet connection is with this simple speed test and see if you’re in a position to elevate your retail business experience and stay ahead of the competition.

The global pandemic had sped up the adoption of digitalization. It has fundamentally impacted business and pushed businesses to stay as relevant as possible.

Although it won’t be easy, the internet is guiding the way by constantly offering new ways of attracting and engaging with customers such as this new invention of Virtual Try-On. 

There are endless possibilities to keep your business moving forward. So step up your innovation and get ahead. 

And while you’re here – switch now for a truly future-proof business connection that can offer speeds of up to 1Gbps, giving your business the capacity to constantly innovate and stay ahead of the competition. 

To register your interest in full fibre #GigabitConnectivity, visit gigabitnetworks.co.uk

Gigabit Networks bowls a fast delivery for internet as it sponsors Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club supporters will be able to watch their team’s games on the club’s live stream on their website without the fear of missing a second of the action after it signed a 3-year sponsorship deal with a city-based full-fibre internet provider.

Gigabit Networks has agreed to provide a dedicated connection for the Live Stream service, as well as being associate sponsor of the Falcons’ Vitality Blast game against the Leicestershire Foxes, which will take place at the Incora County Ground on June 9.

The 3 year deal will also see the firm become a member of the club’s 1870 Business Club and with Gigabit Networks arranging for Derbyshire to become connected to Derby’s new full-optic fibre internet network and benefit from internet speeds of up to 1GB-per second, compared to the city’s average speeds of 65Mbps.

The move will benefit staff, media, broadcasters and fans watching the game unfold on their devices across the UK and further afield.

David Yates, Director of Gigabit Networks, said: ““Derby is one of just a handful of cities in the UK to have received full-fibre internet, which means that the Incora County Ground is now one of the best-connected professional sports venues in the whole of the country.

“As relative newcomers to Derby, we’re very proud to be sponsors of what is likely to be a hard-fought Vitality Blast local derby with Leicestershire and, as such, will doubtless attract a large crowd.

“This is the first of what we hope will become a long-term working relationship with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and we are delighted to be connecting the Incora County Ground to its new superfast full-fibre internet.

The cricket club’s connection has been made possible through Gigabit Network’s GigaFlex Ethernet service, which is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises and delivers dedicated bandwidth to the internet of up to 1Gbps both ways.

Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gigabit Networks in having agreed a three-year sponsorship deal. They are an exciting and upcoming company, who are aiming to help with Derby’s continued development as a great place to live, work and play.

“Our Live Stream has grown rapidly over the last two seasons, providing a free-to-air service for followers of Derbyshire up and down the country and overseas. Introducing Gigabit’s new GigaFlex Ethernet service will allow us to increase the quality and reliability of our Live Stream production.

Gigabit Networks is working in partnership with CityFibre to connect homes and businesses to Derby’s full-fibre network, which gives users near-limitless bandwidth and greater download speeds of up to 930 Mb per second.

The network uses 100% fibre optic cables to transmit data quicker and more reliably than the traditional copper wire network and so far the fibre has been laid outside nearly 35,000 homes and businesses in parts of Mackworth, Allestree, Mickleover, Abbey, Arboretum and Darley wards.

For more information on Gigabit and its range of packages, visit www.gigabitnetworks.co.uk

4 Reasons Why Healthcare Needs Reliable Internet

There are many obvious advantages if we think about how the internet is influencing the healthcare sector. Efficiency is the first word that would come to mind, amongst many others. 

Technology’s main purpose is helping and improving our way of living; so it goes hand in hand with a doctor or nurses key objectives. 

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons on why healthcare needs reliable internet:

  1. Advanced Care Management 

Sensor-fed data can be used to send alerts to patients and caregivers in real-time, so they can take prompt action. For example, wearables can record heart rate, sleep, perspiration, temperature and activity.

Broadband allows providers to incorporate devices to track the growth of wearables because the data collected by the device fills in the gaps in the EHR (electronic health record). 

Care teams can get insight-driven prioritisation and employ internet-connected devices for chronic disease home monitoring. This is just another way for caregivers to be present in the lives of their patients.

  • Improved Patient Health

The best way to visualise this is by taking the example of a wearable gadget such as a watch, that alerts you when your heart rate is abnormal or if you neglect to take care of yourself in some way. This information would be shared with other devices as you go about your life. 

Full fibre Internet would allow for data transmission, ensuring that every small detail is considered to make the most advantageous decisions for patients by updating personal health data on the cloud and eliminating the need to enter it into EHRs. 

  • Home Care and Patient Monitoring

With video-based consultations for care and management of medical equipment in the home, the ultra-reliable internet allows for greater health monitoring as well as provision of in-home care. 

The goals of such exercises are to aid in the early diagnosis of potential health problems such as heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and diabetes, as well as to reduce the need for clinical intervention and expensive hospital stays. 

  • Potential of Remote Surgeries

As the Internet continues to expand and drive innovative ideas, some scientists are already working on the concept of doctors delivering remote surgeries through the use of internet-connected robots.

If this idea was to become true, doctors could be available to people in literally every corner of the world which would be a massive help disadvantaged people or those who aren’t able to travel.

However, before we get there, the infrastructure for ultrafast full fibre speeds needs to be widely available and Gigabit speeds must be much more common.

High bandwidth is critical for a variety of health applications – particularly those that require real-time video or huge medical or biomedical images to be transmitted.

Aside from high bandwidth for individual data-intensive activities, high aggregate bandwidth is required to handle a large volume of moderately data-intensive applications, such as big medical record transfers. 

The reliability and security issues with data are unavoidable, so securing a trustworthy internet service provider can drastically influence the healthcare system. 

That’s why it’s safe to say that our GigaFast Business product would be the most suitable, promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. 

From hospitals to small, local practices we have packages to suit any organisation; and you can check them out by clicking here.

How your SME can harness the power of the cloud – 3 important tools

In 2022 your small business must be digitally optimised, so if you aren’t already utilising the Cloud then why haven’t you caught up?

Getting used to new tech can be daunting at first, but the advantages the Cloud can have for your businesses are endless, and so many cloud-based tools are free. All you need is a good internet connection – but we’ve got you sorted there.

What is the Cloud?

In the digital space when we talk about the Cloud, we don’t mean the ones in the sky! 

The tech industry tends to make the Cloud sound like some ominous out-of-reach being that is far beyond anyone’s understanding – certainly not something to be used by a small business such as yours.

Realistically the Cloud is much less daunting than it seems. It is essentially a term for services and software run on the internet rather than being run on your computer, however most cloud services can be accessed through your computer aswell.

It’s likely you’re already using some Cloud services without knowing it. Tools such as Dropbox and Google Drive are well-known cloud services that many people and businesses use. 

Well, what can the Cloud do for my business?

Whether you’re an e-commerce business or you have a physical shop – there’s something the cloud can do for all of us. It could be organisation, back-ups or implementing a hybrid working model – the Cloud can help you do it all.

From accessing programmes to storing data, the uses of the Cloud are endless and can be very overwhelming. 

We have decided to handpick our top 3 Cloud tools that will help your small business get started. Couple these tools with a GigaFast connection and you’ll have everything you need to digitally optimise your small business.

Cloud storage – Google Drive

Cloud storage is where data and applications are stored on separate servers and accessed via the internet. 

This means you no longer have to worry about your computer or phone having enough storage, or a certain document only being on one device, the Cloud has that handled for you!

Having a Cloud storage solution also means you don’t ever have to worry about losing data or information, everything is stored away in the cloud where you can access it 24/7. 

You also won’t have to worry about massive filing cabinets or extra office space just for information, digital storage is the future.

Our favourite cloud storage tool is Google Drive. It is free to use and allows you to store files across all your devices in a simple and easy-to-use interface. These files can also be shared with team members or kept private if needed. A much easier alternative to passing papers around in meetings.

SaaS – Google Workspace

SaaS means software-as-a-service and is the future of working in the post-covid world. 

SaaS platforms will enable your business to function from your business site, from home or from anywhere in the world (as long as you have a device and a stable internet connection). 

Our favourite SaaS tool is the Google Workspace, you’re probably already aware of a few aspects of this suite of tools. It includes popular apps such as Gmail and Google Calendar. Google drive is also a part of Google Workspace – it’s amazing how much everything in the Cloud links together!

Google Workspace also includes other applications such as google docs, google sheets, google slides, google forms, google meets and more.

All of your work within these applications can sync up in your google drive and you can collaborate with other members of your team at any time. It is essentially a virtual workspace, making home and hybrid working so much easier – and best of all, it’s free!

Cloud hosting

Now, this tool may not be 100% relevant to every small business but if your website is giving you trouble, or if you find yourself with larger spikes of visitors, cloud website hosting might be the solution for you. 

This also might be a solution to think about for the future. As your small business grows, you’re going to need to eventually have a website with a larger capacity.

With shared website hosting, (what most people use) your server may be slow as it is shared with others. 

With dedicated hosting, you get an entire server to yourself, but as you can imagine, the costs aren’t very small business-friendly.

With cloud hosting, your website is hosted in the cloud – with virtual server space. This means bandwidth is spread across multiple servers essentially ruling out many issues that you may find with other web hosting alternatives. This solution is especially great if you use e-commerce.

Our favourite cloud hosting tool is Hostinger. At just £7.99 a month on a 48-month plan, their prices are extremely small business-friendly and they offer unlimited bandwidth, fast server speeds and an excess of other features.

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