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Atherstone To Get Fastest Links In The County

Work has started to install fast new Internet links to help businesses in North Warwickshire with a new computer suite at Atherstone library.

Direct communication links to Birmingham are being installed at the library – one of 13 in the region taking part, and the only one in Warwickshire.

It means there will be four computers with the fastest possible links, open for use by business people and residents.

It is part of a new service offering free, high quality information and advice to local businesses, which has been paid for with funding by the European Regional Development Fund.

Atherstone library has appointed its own business information officer who will be on site to answer queries from local businesses.

The project is part of the West Midlands wide Inter-All initiative, which aims to improve access to information and IT for small and medium sized businesses.

The project will connect the 13 libraries across the region – most of the others are in the Birmingham and Black Country area - allowing them to pool expertise and provide an enhanced service to business users.

Liz Doney, Business Information Officer, said:

“Whether people want to find out the address of a business, contact details of a professional body or need to know what the market for women’s clothing is like in the UK, we are here to help?”

The business information officer will be offering training on use of the Internet for businesses.

Trevor Cornfoot, executive manager of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnerships, said:

“The easy availability of business information and Internet access in Atherstone will be a significant benefit to strengthening and diversifying local business and encouraging innovation, which are key aims of the economic strategy for Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Adrian Litvinoff, divisional manager for libraries and heritage in North Warwickshire, said:

“This is another example of the department bringing high quality services into North Warwickshire for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors.”

For more information on the project, contact Atherstone library, call 01827 712034. 

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