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B4RN & Zyxel To Bring Free 10Gb Broadband To 21 Rural Schools

B4RN has partnered with Zyxel to fully equip 21 rural primary schools with even higher speed internet access. Broadband for the Rural North and Zyxel’s partnership will provide the 21 primary schools in Lancashire, South Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales with 10Gb FTTP broadband service at no cost, upgrading them from 1Gb. The partnership will allow … [Read more…]

B4RN Connections Still Being Made During Covid-19

B4RN staff and volunteers are still working to connect new customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re classed as key workers by the government and understand and appreciate that broadband services have now become more essential than ever. We’re helping keep communication channels open and active, while allowing households to work from home, order delivery services … [Read more…]

B4RN Helps Drugs Company Counter Covid-19

B4RN’s helped a local pharmaceutical wholesaler* step up their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The supplier has taken on an empty warehouse to cater for extra demand on them caused by coronavirus and help them get urgent goods to the NHS and other medical suppliers. This could only be done if the building got its … [Read more…]

B4RN & Coronavirus

This blog post was first published in March 2020 and updated in September 2020. We have moved our coronavirus information to a dedicated page which can be found by clicking here. We at B4RN, and I am sure that I speak on behalf of all our Volunteers and Champions, hope that you are all managing … [Read more…]

You Can Now Get BT Sport On B4RN

Sports fans, rejoice. Just in time for Christmas, supporters can now watch their teams on BT Sport using any broadband provider, including B4RN. Previously, it was only available bundled with their broadband or other subsciption services. As of December 2019, people can now get their sporting fix using a BT Sport Monthly Pass – it’s … [Read more…]

B4RN AGM – Monday 18th November 2019

B4RN will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 18th November 2019. Notice to the AGM and all relevant documents have been sent out to shareholders. If you have not received these, please contact the office on 01524 555 887 or by email on AGM@b4rn.org.uk We hope you will be able to join us as … [Read more…]

B4RN Champions Attend Volunteer Coordinator’s Day

        Dozens of B4RN champions were at our HQ in Melling for our 2nd Volunteer Coordinator’s Day on Friday (9 Aug). The event – for new and existing groups – aims to give volunteers a better understanding of how to plan, install and run fibre broadband networks. Champions shared best practice and … [Read more…]

Queens birthday honours for two B4RN champions

July 8th 2019 We would like to congratulate Martyn and Arthur on their British Empire Medal awards, announced today in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in the London Gazette. Martyn and Arthur are part of a team also known as ‘Dad’s Army’ or B4SW. Their work over the last few years has enabled hundreds of … [Read more…]

Enterprise Investment Scheme – Update 26th January

HMRC have, finally, come to a decision on our EIS eligibility. Regrettably, they have decided that EIS no longer applies to Community Benefit Societies like B4RN and therefore are withdrawing our eligibility for that tax relief. That means that all shares that have been waiting on EIS certificates will not receive them and the 30% … [Read more…]

Enterprise Investment Scheme – Update 16th January

Further to HMRC’s most recent communication regarding the Enterprise investment Scheme, we hope  to have a definitive answer by the end of this month. While we wait for their decision, we confirm that all investments made from the end of March 2018 will attract 5% interest from day 1 or they will get the EIS … [Read more…]