The London disconnect: connectivity woes hindering SME productivity
David takes on Goliath with UK's fastest growing independent connectivity provider, M24Seven, launching in the capital
London, 21st July 2017 – M24Seven, the UK's fastest-growing connectivity provider, run by former Sage MD Lee Perkins, is set to take on BT to level the playing field for digitally disadvantaged SMEs in the UK capital – with world-class connectivity.
Nearly a third of London SMEs estimate they could have lost more than £10, 000 per year due to connectivity issues, according to M24Seven's latest research – a huge blow to the local and national economy. Poor broadband connectivity is frustrating SMEs, with 31% complaining monthly to their service provider; almost a fifth (19%) make weekly complaints.
Using his experience of championing SMEs at Sage UK, M24Seven CEO Lee Perkins is taking on the capital’s service provider big boys, and he’s confident about getting customers the connectivity they need to thrive: “Business innovation is held back in the capital as over half of small businesses have had connectivity frustrations over the past month. That is simply not good enough.
“SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy and an engine to drive innovation and growth in London. Innovation, performance and growth is 100% dependent on flawless connectivity. Eighty-two per cent of SMEs believe their business performance would increase as a direct result of improved connectivity – we’ve launched in London to ensure connectivity is never compromised.”
M24Seven found that the capital is calling out for change and SMEs want to be more informed on the services they’re receiving. As part of the same research, it found that 1 in 10 small businesses don’t have the level of connectivity required to run their business as productively as they’d like and nearly a third of London SMEs wish they knew more about the specifics of their business connectivity solutions.
“London’s alarming lack of digital connectivity is a threat to its status as a European top tech hub and business capital”, says Neil Rampe, London MD at M24Seven. “City entrepreneurs are in a serious disadvantage when trying to compete on a global level as they are held back by London’s black spots and digital deserts. That’s why initiatives such as Connect Westminster, a scheme run by Westminster City Council we’re part of, are crucial to the city’s economic productivity as well as investment attractiveness.”
M24Seven owns its own network, fleet and team of expert engineers which means the company can offer a tailored approach and bespoke service to its customers. It also can deliver both FTTC and wireless leased lines, which helps them reach even the biggest black spots with industry-leading radio and microwave technology.
With a complete set of products, including hosting, security, connectivity and VoIP, M24Seven is set to serve all the needs of SMEs to work better, faster and become more profitable with just one point of contact; one provider who wholly owns installation and on-going service needs.
M24Seven has six sites across the UK and Europe, hosting the greenest datacentres in Romania, and is connected to over 17 global internet exchange points, including New York, London, Singapore, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. It’s reach and presence in the capital is a result of the recent acquisition of Venus Business Communications, which was completed in March this year.