Free Wi-Fi is coming to Blaby Town Centre for businesses, shoppers and visitors.
The installation of Wi-Fi will see visitors to Blaby Town Centre able to save on their mobile data charges, and learn about the latest events and offers from local businesses.
The new service will be ready in the spring.
Funding for the installation of the Wi-Fi has come from Blaby District Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership via Leicestershire County Council. The project is as part of a partnership between the County Council and District Councils to ensure Wi-Fi is available in market towns across the county.
Businesses in the town centre will be offered the opportunity to attend free awareness-raising seminars through East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) – Digital Growth Programme. The programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and local partners, will encourage and support SMEs to embrace digital marketing and technology to improve competitiveness and productivity.
All local businesses will have the opportunity to be involved with the Wi-Fi programme, once launched, to ensure they can maximise the opportunities available to them.
Councillor Sheila Scott, Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development Portfolio Holder, said: “Over the past few years consumer habits have changed and we know that the internet is playing an even greater part in the way we shop and do business.
“This access to free Wi-Fi shows our commitment to our only local town centre in the district, which we hope will increase footfall, trade and enhance Blaby as a great place to work and visit.”
Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “It’s brilliant to see the rollout of free Wi-Fi for Blaby Town Centre, this will be a tremendous asset for the local community, visiting shoppers and of course the excellent array of businesses in the town.
“The District Council, County Council and the LLEP have done a tremendous amount of work to bring in this new service, and undoubtedly it will provide a real boost for Blaby to increase footfall in the town and encourage more shoppers to visit this lovely part of Leicestershire.”
More information about the free Wi-Fi can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Source and lead image: Blaby District Council Communications]
Dr Fiona Ellis-Chadwick
School of Business & Economics