Welcome to the latest edition of e-Leader, bringing you news about what has been happening in some of the major business sectors in the county.
e-Leader is of course brought to you electronically and we are seeing more and more organisations using electronic newsletters to communicate to customers and staff in place of the more traditional printed versions. This growth in what is often referred to as digital communications means that we have to have the right sort of technology and infrastructure to support it.
A lot of effort has been put into improving the broadband networks across Essex and things are generally a lot better than they were a few years ago though there remain parts of the county where internet speeds are still low or worse still there is no connectivity at all. There is a similar picture with mobile phone networks and areas of Essex where we have “not spots” where you can just about make a phone call but probably won’t be able to download anything on to your smart phone or electronic tablet.
This is not unique to Essex and that’s why we welcome the campaign launched here in Essex by the British Chambers of Commerce entitled “No More Not Spots” and you can read all about it in this edition of e-Leader. With half of the UK’s businesses saying that they don’t feel there has been any improvement in the mobile phone network we would urge you to let the British Chambers know of any “Not Spots” by registering them on their website at www.britishchambers.org.uk
and let us know of issues you are having. Using the evidence we and the British Chambers of Commerce can then lobby MPs and the mobile phone companies to get the service that businesses deserve so that we truly are in the digital age.
In the meantime I hope that you find this issue of e-Leader of interest.
Director of Policy
Essex Chambers of Commerce