The project to bring a better broadband service to Highland Perthshire (HP) continues as HPCP and partner PGL Dalguise link up to connect a part of Highland Perthshire that suffers from connection speeds of 0.5mbps or less. This service will allow PGL to continue to grow their business and secure more employment in the area for years to come.
This very welcome addition brings the Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership (HPCP) network to 50 subscribers (monthly contracts), 75 seasonal subscribers, 18 small businesses, 5 commercial enterprises, a regular service to the Blair Castle Horse Trials plus over 12,000 annual users at Blair Castle Caravan Park.
The network jointly funded, initially by Perth & Kinross Council (PKC), Griffin Wind Farm Fund and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) has four transmitters; Pitlochry (two), Struan and now at Rotmell serving Dalguise and surrounding communities.
This offers wide geographic coverage with options to connect more premises as and when the opportunity arises.
With wireless connections not dependent on a properties’ distance from a BT exchange, and with connection speed of 16Mbps and prices in line with those charged by BT, the service is proving to be a lifeline to existing businesses and residents.
This is kindling growth and attracting new business to the area, with now in excess of 300 people connected to a useable internet bandwidth on a daily basis that could not do so before the HPCP initiative.
The original HPCP Broadband pilot project targeted 60 subscriber connections on a budget of £120,000 which included core infra-structure allowing future expansion to additional communities.
Government statistics say that the national economic impact to rural areas is around £2.0 billion annually and growing. Figures produced for areas similar to Highland Perthshire suggest this project is, today, worth around £4-5m per annum to Highland Perthshire, and growing.
The social benefits are almost impossible to calculate but there will be a positive impact on rural populations, school numbers and local services.
HPCP chairman Graham Huggins commented, “This has been a long and very difficult challenge with many setbacks which CBS acknowledge were not of our own making. We are very proud of what we have achieved in what has been, at times, very trying circumstances. Great credit must go to all the team at HPCP especially our core volunteers.
In light of recent ill-informed comments in the press from Murdo Fraser MSP, we would like to invite him to make his first visit to HPCP when we can give him a better understanding of who we are and what we have and want to achieve”.
Mr Huggins went on to say “The Dalguise phase of the project is a tremendous example of a commercial enterprise and its local community getting together, in this case Dalguise residents and PGL, and working closely to achieve a common goal. Great credit must also go to PGL for their foresight in recognising the benefits of our service to their business and community and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership”.
HPCP operates as an umbrella organisation for 24 voluntary groups & organisations across Highland Perthshire and is registered as a charity in Scotland with OSCR No. SC041120.
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Perth College UHI is holding a 5K Fun Run on Sunday 30 October 2016 and would like as many businesses as possible to get involved and help raise funds for their new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing.
It will be a great day for all the family as there will be other activities including taster sessions on the new Climbing Chamber, opportunities for massage and Face Painting and a BBQ so please come along and join the fun.
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Are you planning your wedding? Then, you must come along to the Taymouth Castle very first wedding open day on Sunday 30 October from 12 noon until 4.00pm.
Entry is free and upon arrival, you will be served with champagne and nibbles. There will be hand-picked suppliers at this Wedding Open Day to help you make your day special.
Celebrate with Taymouth Castle at Kenmore, near Aberfeldy and on the banks of Loch Tay.
They have a competition for you to win this dream venue, complimentary for your big day.
Simply visit the Taymouth Castle Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize.
The staff at Taymouth Castle look forward to seeing you on Sunday 30 October from 12 noon until 4.00pm for the Wedding Open Day. Experience Taymouth Castle - a truly fairytale venue.
Pitcairngreen Village Association are having their Autumn Craft Fayre, now in its 13th Year, on Saturday 22 October from 10.30am until 3.30pm in the Village Hall, (pictured above) in Pitcairngreen, Almondbank, just four miles north west of Perth.
Committee member and organiser James McWilliam told Heartland FM: "Please take a note of this date and come along to browse and purchase early Christmas presents.
There will be 22 craft stalls displaying their artisan crafts and local produce. A few of the crafts on show include silver jewellery, knitwear, wood pictures, greeting cards, hand thrown pottery, dolls & baby clothing, Christmas Tree decorations, bunting, woodturning, candles, lamp shades and eclectic mix of fabrics and paper craft, Perthshire preserves and Pitcairngreen Honey."
James added: "We look forward to seeing many people on Saturday 22 October in the Village Hall for the Autumn Craft Fayre which in turn supports Pitcairngreen."
Pitcairngreen Village Association is a charity registered with OSCR, charity number SC043148.
The Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2016 is set to recognise and reward the cream of local companies – both large and small – whose impact and performance have helped to keep Perthshire at the forefront of Scottish business in the 21st century.
Celebrating all aspects of the local business world, the Awards will highlight the real “stars” across our leading sectors including tourism and leisure, food and drink, retail, innovation, customer service, e-commerce, commitment to the community and exporting.
Perthshire Chamber of Commerce recognises the value of emerging talent and individuals who have proved outstanding in their particular sector will have a chance to shine in the apprentice and employee of the year categories.
The Annual Dinner & Star Awards is on Friday 26 November 2016 at Crieff Hydro, Ferntower Road, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3LQ.
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