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MP calls for more Gordon businesses to sign-up for superfast broadband

By David Porter

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MP for Gordon, Richard Thomson, has today called for more businesses to engage with the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) in a bid to get ultrafast broadband across the constituency.

Graeme Mowat
Graeme Mowat

Cinecosse – an award-winning rural film and multimedia company based at Lethenty Mill, near Inverurie – is one of the many local businesses that has upgraded to faster broadband as part of the DSSB’s £463 million development.

The company has 40 years of experience producing and directing commercials, videos and television programmes for organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Rural College, Quality Meat Scotland and Baxters.

Mr Thomson, the SNP Westminster Spokesperson on Business and Industry, is keen for more people and companies to benefit.

Commenting he said: “Improved connectivity for businesses means improved opportunities for economic growth and eases interactions with customers.

“Many businesses and families across the north-east suffer from slow internet connections in many rural areas.

"However, this project by the Scottish Government with funding from Building Digital UK, BT Group, local authorities and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund, is helping to bring an end to some of those struggles.

“I am glad Cinecosse has benefitted from this and I urge those suffering from slow online experiences to check availability at www.scotlandsuperfast.com/yourstreet and place an order with their service provider to have their broadband improved under the scheme where possible.”

So far the Digital Scotland project covers more than 87,900 Aberdeenshire homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire.

Cinecosse owner Graeme Mowat and his team now have full fibre broadband service improving the day-to-day operation of the business while dealing with top clients.

Mr Mowat said: “Faster broadband has improved how we work with our clients.

"We can now email large files and creative briefs with ease and share content like show reels, video and animation files swiftly with them online.

“Our clients are mostly from the corporate world, so we need to nail the brief and production first time round. From tourism, food and drinks and public services to the oil and gas industries, we have a range of customers we need to impress.

“Most of our work – from concept and pre-production to delivery – relies on a robust internet connection. It’s been a great confidence boost knowing that we can keep producing the work at our multi-purpose studio thanks to the greater bandwidth.

“A lot has changed digitally over the years.

"Faster broadband helps us keep up with new technologies, remain relevant and adapt successfully to our clients’ needs.”

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