A Pinner pub landlord has expressed his gratitude for the government’s support in expanding highspeed broadband to Pinner.
Several businesses rely on superfast broadband to keep operations running and this has been highlighted further by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sean White, landlord at the Queen’s Head in Pinner, praised the government for their role in rolling out high-speed broadband to the area.
He said: “The expansion of highspeed broadband to Pinner has come thanks to government support for this initiative. Aimed primarily at business, customers can access these grants through their provider, such as BT and Openreach.
“In our case we signed up for a very competitive 3-year deal and now achieve 100mbs up and downstream. The installation was complex and took two days but was entirely free of charges supported by the government grant.
“We still have 12 staff, one of whom is an apprentice, and we have accessed government funding towards her salary costs, but also the business NI costs and her training. The government initiative during the national lockdown to encourage al fresco dining enabled us at very low cost to establish an area at the front of the pub that accommodates 36 customers. This alone created one full time job on £10.50 an hour plus training and other perks.”
Sean also added that the new broadband will help with the pub’s upcoming extension.
He said: “We are submitting plans for a major extension which will create a new pizzeria in Pinner in January 2022. This will represent an investment of £220,000 and will create four new full-time jobs. I think it is important for local business to continue where they can, to believe in a good future and to invest early in that future.”
Sean concluded: “I would just like to add, that David Simmonds is one of the hardest working constituency MP’s I have ever come across. He is absolutely at the ‘coal face’ when it comes to local business, he believes in creating well paid jobs with training, and his success is evident across the constituency.”