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Not-spots `an impediment to doing good business’

PUBLISHED: 16:27 19 November 2018

Matt Hancock MP speaking at the Not-Spots Summit held at Newmarket Racecourse.
Picture: SUFFOLK CHAMBER

Matt Hancock MP speaking at the Not-Spots Summit held at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: SUFFOLK CHAMBER

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The campaign to improve communications for business, by tackling mobile not-spots, came to Suffolk

The Newmarket Racecouse summit which brought together leading businesses and public sector organisations with mobile network operators and their trade body has been hailed as a good first step in identifying and addressing the problem of mobile not-spots across the eastern region.

The summit was hosted by Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) – the first of its kind under the latter’s nationwide ‘No More Not-Spots’ campaign.

The campaign aims to work with trade body Mobile UK and its member network operators to eliminate areas of poor or non-existent mobile voice and data coverage. The initial stage of the campaign seeks to identify as many such not-spots as possible and then work to address them.

More than 1500 not-spots have been identified across the UK – with nearly 400 of these in the east of England.

Delegates heard speeches from Matt Hancock MP, the current secretary of state for Health and the previous secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Hannah Essex, co-executive director of policy & campaigns at the BCC, Mobile UK’s head of policy & communications, Gareth Elliott and Geoff Connell, head of IMT at Norfolk County Council.

The delegates also engaged in discussions to look in detail as to how businesses themselves, local planning authorities and the mobile operators can address specific not-spots in future months.

John Dugmore Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said: “This was a very positive and purposeful summit that allowed suppliers and customers to come together and start identifying areas of common concern – and possible solutions.

“Mobile not-spots are an impediment to doing good business and the east of England seems to be especially affected. In Suffolk key business corridors such as the A14 and the energy coast are dotted with not-spots and because of their impact on national prosperity, we hope these will be priorities to address.”

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