Coventry people are being
given the chance to use cutting-edge technology as the result of a
pioneering multi-million pound project running in the city.
Harry Shaw Group, the Coventry-based coach and computer company, has
signed up to the CW2000 project and is letting visitors to its cyber
café reap the benefits.
CW2000 is an initiative
directed at improving the competitiveness of small and medium
businesses in the area by giving them the latest technology and
support to make the most out of it.
The project, based at Coventry
University’s Technocentre gives firms independent technical and
business advice. CWN is signed up as a partner to provide news about
developments in the project.
It also enables businesses to
use British Telecom's new ADSL network allowing ultra high-speed
connection to the internet over a conventional telephone line.
That is now in place at the
Harry Shaw Cyber Café off Shelton Square - the first public access
point in the region using the technology.
Richard Hooper of HST Computer
Services, which maintains the café's network, said:
"We have attracted over
4,000 surfers to the café since it opened six months ago and we
want to provide them with the best technology available.
"We have worked with
lots of local firms and organisations to integrate ADSL provided by
the CW2000 project into their existing network.
"CW2000 is a complete
package supplying much of what we needed on a company wide basis so
we thought we should make use of it in the café and allow the
public to benefit as well."
"HST is a dedicated
computer arm and therefore we have to be across all technological
developments. CW2000 allows us to do that and it also means we are
supporting local development."
CW2000 is supported by a
combination of funding from the private and public sectors, including
the European Regional Development Fund.
The partners include Coventry
University, The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber or Commerce,
Training and Enterprise, Warwick University, Coventry City Council and
Warwick County Councils, BT, Sony, ntl, and VIS.
Ken Marshall, Business Link
Manager at The Chamber, said companies could still apply to join
"We do still have
spaces on the project for local eligible companies. There are a
range of options with charges varying from nothing at all to minimal
"It is a very exciting
project which offers a great opportunity for companies to make the
most of cutting edge technology, boost their own strength and
thereby strengthen the area's economy."