Superfast Broadband

For businesses wanting to relocate to Somerset, connectivity is one of the most important considerations. The ability to trade quickly and easily online, take bookings and use social media as an effective marketing tool are increasingly vital components of a company’s business plan.

Access to good quality broadband is therefore essential, so the government has provided investment over the past few years to give this a boost in rural areas throughout Somerset. Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) was set up to enable the roll out of high-speed fibre broadband to areas deemed commercially unviable by the private sector.

For the very latest on connectivity within the County the Connecting Devon and Somerset website provides full information. On that website you’ll be able to put in the postcode of any particular property or location and find out what broadband speeds are typically available, though you should note that many business/employment complexes have dedicated high speed connections.

Case study

Halsgrove Publishing, Ryelands Business Park, Bagley Road, Wellington, Somerset

From its small Westcountry beginnings some twenty years ago, Halsgrove Publishing has become the major player in the regional hardback market. The Somerset-based company, publishes books aimed at local-interest readers throughout the UK, together with a number of other niche and specialist series.

Halsgrove relocated to Wellington (Somerset) from Tiverton six years ago and had to continually battle with poor internet connectivity.

Managing director Julian Davidson explained: “We had to struggle against slow broadband speeds that seriously hampered our ability to run day to day business functions. Sending and receiving large high-resolution files around the world as well as dealing with several thousand customers was extremely challenging. It also made remote connection to Wellington particularly difficult for our external workers”.

Last year broadband speeds were transformed when Wellington and the surrounding area was upgraded to superfast fibre broadband.

Mr Davidson continued: “Having recently moved from, at times, less than 1Mbps to in excess of 24Mbps we have seen savings in time, cost and sheer frustration.

“I used to receive daily, if not hourly, complaints about locked screens and slow speeds and at busy times not being able to access even basic functions like connections to our bank, but now I hear nothing at all!

“This vital upgrade has made a huge difference to our business. Our outgoing communication problems have been resolved and a major barrier to business expansion removed. ”

Further details of Halsgrove Publishing are available at

Further case studies are available on the Connecting Devon & Somerset website