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Community champions CityFibre mark Coventry’s first Gigaversary

Posted on 17 December 2019

Our Corporate Supporter CityFibre has had a fantastic first year in Coventry. Since starting their investment into the city they have been keen to support its local communities by engaging with schools, charities and businesses in the area. As part of these efforts, the company were quick to join the Belgrade’s Director’s Club scheme (since rebranded Corporate Supporters, with CityFibre becoming Silver Level members).

At the time, CityFibre City Manager Leigh Hunt said: “It’s an exciting time for Coventry and we’re delighted to be shaping its digital future. Becoming members of Belgrade Theatre’s Directors’ Club enables us to strengthen our community and stakeholder engagement whilst spreading the Gigabit City Coventry message far and wide.”

But this was only the beginning. Following the announcement of our Play Your Part fundraising campaign, CityFibre generously “stepped up” to support our 2020 Redevelopment Project by sponsoring one of the steps that will be part of the new feature staircase once work gets underway to transform our café into a destination bar next year.

Leigh Hunt said: “The Belgrade Theatre is a key cultural and social destination for Coventry and we are pleased to be intrinsically linked to this project, playing a crucial role in protecting the theatre’s future. We would encourage other companies to get involved and support the Play Your Part campaign by sponsoring a step.”

Over the festive period, they’ve also been amazing supporters of our Making Memories campaign, which helps families in need across Coventry and Warwickshire to experience the magic of Theatre, ensuring no child misses out on our pantomimes and other opportunities due to circumstances beyond their control.

“The Belgrade Theatre plays an integral role in connecting the citizens of Coventry through culture and the arts, and its Making Memories appeal will provide a truly magical experience for families who would otherwise be unable to attend the theatre this Christmas,” said Leigh.

As their first year in Coventry draws to a close, the CityFibre team have been taking the time to reflect on the work they’ve done and the connections they’ve made here so far, as well as looking forward to an exciting future for their business in the city. Read what Leigh had to say about working with the Belgrade below.

Composite image with headshots - the cast of Club 2B

Dear members of the Belgrade Theatre,

First and foremost, a massive thank you to the Coventry community. We are delighted to be ending the first year of our rollout of gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure in the city on such a high. Our Gigabit City programme in Coventry will see a minimum of £60m invested in the city to bring fibre-to-the-premises connectivity in reach of nearly every home and business, making Coventry one of the best-connected cities on the planet with a digital platform that will allow residents and organisations to reap the rewards of this next-generation of digital infrastructure.

The past twelve months have seen a huge groundswell of momentum as we begin to bring full fibre to nearly every home and business. It is a huge task we are undertaking, and we would like to thank the residents and businesses who have been so supportive of our efforts so far.

In order to get to where we are today, a massive amount of sustained mobilisation has taken place to engage with local stakeholders, communities and the supply chain, bringing the network within reach of Longford, Upper Stoke, Foleshill, Holbrook, Great Heath, Little Heath, Wood End and Walsgrave – generating dozens of jobs in the area. We understand that delivering projects of this scale can cause disruption to residents, and as we move into our second year, we will continue to uphold our commitment to manage this as far as we possibly can.

Right at the heart of what we are trying to achieve are the communities of Coventry we will serve. This is why we have participated in a series of activities, one every six weeks, in order to really excite and inform residents and businesses about the transformational benefits of full fibre. Some of these activities have seen us partner with local primary schools; work with YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire’s Flourish programme to improve digital confidence and literacy among young women; and supporting the European City of Sport 2019 programme. We also brought business leaders, academics and public service professionals together to learn about the role Coventry is playing in developing innovative technologies during the “Tomorrow’s Technology in Coventry Today” event, and supported the British Science Festival. All of these events and activities show the commitment that CityFibre has to investing in and becoming part of the city.

2019 has been a year of challenges and successes, and we look forward to more people and businesses accessing gigabit speeds as we move into 2020.

Full speed ahead!
Leigh Hunt, City Manager for CityFibre in Coventry

If you are interested in joining our valued team of Corporate Supporters, there are a range of different sponsorship levels to choose from according to the size and budget of your business, with a variety of benefits. For more information about how to get involved, please visit our Corporate Supporters page, email corporates@belgrade.co.uk, or give our Development team a call on 024 7684 6758.