For homeowners and businesses, keeping money within the local rural community may be an important aspiration for them.
B4RN's head office is on the outskirts of Melling village in rural Lancashire. As of mid-2017, B4RN employs 21 full-time and 4 part-time staff at Melling. As B4RN grows, we intend to create more jobs throughout the B4RN area including in East Anglia.
B4RN sources many of its products from the UK or Europe. B4RN's cabinets, electrical pillars and much of its duct and fibre are all sourced from UK companies, many of whom also manufacture in the UK. Our fibre routers are manufactured in the EU.
We commit to keeping as much money as possible within the local and rural communities from where it was generated. We also use local contractors wherever possible.
Keep IT Local
Many of the local projects keep their own lists of local tradespeople and contractors who are willing to undertake paid work to install ducts on household properties or can provide after-installation services such as installing whole-home networking or troubleshooting wifi interference problems.
You can support the #KeepITLocal initiative by using local IT tradespeople and contractors. Ask your local community champion for their groups' list.
For businesses and Government organisations, investing in Social Enterprises may be an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy. In particular, The Social Value Act, which came into force in January 2013, requires public bodies, including councils, to consider choosing providers based on the social value created in an area and not on cost alone.
You can support the #BuySocial initiative by sourcing your broadband from B4RN. You can learn more about the BuySocial initiative at http://buysocialdirectory.org.uk/, https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/ and http://www.seee.co.uk/