IT experts Cornerstone Business Solutions are ready to bring ultrafast broadband to SME businesses across the North-East after becoming the only Business Partners of Virgin Media Business across the entire region.
Running on next generation optical fibre cables, Virgin Media Business’s new ultrafast business broadband – with speeds of up to 300Mbps – is more than three times faster than the next fastest available on the open market.
Now Stockton-based Cornerstone have signed a contract to roll out the product across Teesside and the entire North-East, between Newcastle to the north and York to the south, while also acting as a local level customer contact.
eCornerstone managing director Chris Petty – pictured (above, centre) with fellow directors John Storey (left) and Chris Clark – said: “Achieving Business Partner status with Virgin Media Business is potentially massive for us. Because it’s such a great product that a huge number of businesses will be interested in, it creates an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to new customers.
“Virgin Media Business is a great a brand, associated with excellence, so to become one of their sole Business Partners is a fantastic achievement and one that reflects well on the company and our professional team.
“With partnerships already in place with global technology brands such as Sage, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Dell and Cisco, it’s another big endorsement for us.”
Acting like an instant upgrade for devices and apps, superfast broadband will allow businesses to move easily between cloud apps and video streams while copying massive files and loading new web content.
Chris added: “We’re talking about by far the fastest broadband speeds ever so it’s a fantastic product for us to sell. Everybody wants things faster, whether it’s emails, web pages, online backups or whatever. We all know how frustrating it can be with slow bandwidth. If you run a small business that struggles with a sluggish broadband connection then this is going to revolutionise your business.
“We now have a ready-made solution at an affordable price. We can now offer 300Mbps broadband for £80 a month. Until now the only way of achieving such high speeds has been via a dedicated leased line, probably costing around £10,000 a year.
Cornerstone’s partnership with Virgin Media Business came about as a direct result of the Tees company’s adverts on the 360 degree digital pitch perimeter LED system at the Riverside Stadium.
Working alongside digital venue specialists ADI, Middlesbrough FC became the first club in the world to install the revolutionary system early in the 2015-16 season. Cornerstone, the club’s Official Technology Partner, were one of the first to use the system.
Their ad on the crowd-facing digital display was spotted by Burnley supporter Philip Lee during his side’s 1-0 Riverside defeat in December. As director of Virgin Media Business, Cornerstone’s eye-catching adverts were of particular interest to Philip, as he was looking to secure a North-East partner for the company.
Chris said: “Off the back of seeing our name on the Riverside digital display, he carried out a bit of research on us, got in touch and the rest is history. It’s something that might never happened but for those Riverside displays, so it was money well spent.”
• While ultrafast broadband is initially only available in Virgin Media cabled areas, Cornerstone have been allocated up to £900 per customer to assist with installation. New Virgin Media broadband speeds of up to 100, 200 or 300Mbps are available via Cornerstone Business Solutions, from just £15 a month for six months and £35 thereafter, together with a £15 monthly line rental.