KCom expansion brings a broadband boost to Grimsby business park

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2018

GRIMSBY’S flagship business address, Europarc, has been selected as the first venture outside the home region for Hull-based communications provider KCom, and its ultrafast broadband.

The geographical expansion is with fellow Hull-headquartered company Wykeland Group, owner of the 20-year-old development that sits off the A180 entrance to the town, providing a business superhighway to rival the rapid road access. 

According to the two firms it “reflects the partners’ desire to deliver game-changing connectivity to the wide range of leading businesses based there,” having recognised growing demand from occupiers. 

More than 750,000 sq ft of business space has been developed, with scores of occupiers from food production to fertiliser sales, motorhomes to multi-discipline engineering, with nearly 2,500 employed by major organisations and innovative start-ups.

Until now, the full fibre Lightstream network – claimed to be ‘best-in-Britain’ by KCom – has only been available in Hull and East Yorkshire. 

ROLL-OUT: Engineering team leader Ben Hassett brings KCom’s Lightstream ultrafast fibre broadband service to businesses based at Europarc.

KCom executive vice president Gary Young said: “KCom and Wykeland Group have a shared commitment to investing in the Humber region to stimulate business growth, innovation and employment.

“We both recognise that connectivity is a critical factor in enabling businesses to succeed in today’s ever more competitive commercial environment.

“Europarc has some of the region’s leading brands and we felt it was important that they had access to the very best network available.

“With fibre already in the ground around Europarc we have been able to deliver our industry-leading full fibre broadband quickly and with minimal disruption to the business park and its occupiers.”

Mr Young said that KCom’s £85 million roll-out of Lightstream’s Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) technology in Hull and East Yorkshire has already cemented the region as the ultrafast capital of the UK, creating the perfect environment for huge investment in the tech and IT sectors and other industries.

Wykeland managing director Dominic Gibbons said: “Europarc is firmly established as the business location of choice on the South Bank of the Humber, as shown by the blue-chip brands that have made it their home.

“Europarc offers a host of advantages, including the quality of accommodation and facilities on site in a great location to reach markets across the UK and abroad via the Humber ports.

“Now we’ve invested, with KCOM, to ensure the digital connectivity on the site is also unrivalled. This investment will enable occupiers to capitalise on the many opportunities and competitive advantages presented by ultrafast broadband.”

There are plans to expand the site further, with a food enterprise zone status secured for a new phase, and existing development space available also. It could prove a timely addition for office-based employers too, with Engie moving its outsourced council services provision from Genesis Office Park to New Oxford House in Grimsby town centre, potentially creating a vacancy.

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