Those early B4RN projects were dug by hand with volunteers earning shares through digging trenches, carrying equipment, and even supporting by making tea and cake.
As the organisation has grown the approach has changed and more of the construction is now undertaken by staff and contractors.
Community groups and volunteers are still heavily involved, though. Without the volunteers, B4RN would not have been able to grow to an organisation with more than 12,000 customers.
We now have a strong construction team made up of B4RN staff and B4RN Contractors. These contractors have been specifically selected for their expert knowledge and equipment essential to our work in challenging project locations.
In addition to this, it is key that we obtain Wayleaves from Landowners who give permission for the B4RN Infrastructure to cross their land free of charge.
Investors in B4RN enables us to keep extending our reach to new areas crying out for reliable, hyperfast broadband that have previously consider too hard to reach by other telecoms suppliers.
In recent decades rural areas have suffered from a reduced number of job opportunities, but having reliable high speed internet gives businesses and homeworkers in our communities a huge advantage. This can then lead to more job opportunities so young people don’t have to move away. More young families mean better support for local schools, post offices, village shops… altogether a more sustainable community.
To ensure we retain long term knowledge, professionalism and stability we now employ our core technical and office staff. These are local jobs largely taken by local people who have already proved their ability and commitment. As B4RN grows, we intend to create more jobs throughout the B4RN area.