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Black Country Chamber Supports ‘No More Not Spots’ Campaign

Corin CraneToday (Tuesday) the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launches its campaign for ‘No More Not Spots’, with the aim of ending not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

The UK’s leading business group is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify coverage challenges and work through solutions to improve poor mobile coverage. Companies and individuals across the Black Country are being urged to get on board and report issues and ‘not spot’ areas.

Not spots, and areas of partial not spots hamper UK businesses. A recent survey by the BCC of over 1,400 companies, found that a fifth (21%) of firms say the UK mobile phone network doesn’t meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.

The campaign will mobilise Chamber member businesses and wider local communities to identify and report gaps in coverage to the BCC. It will bring together all those involved in delivering coverage with local business communities to identify priorities for action.

Launching the campaign at DP World London Gateway, a sea port and logistics hub that suffers from mobile not spots, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A reliable mobile phone signal is one of the most basic requirements for any business, as more and more conversations and transactions take place while people are on the go. Unfortunately, dropped calls and poor signal remains an issue in many areas across the UK.  

“From today, we’ll be campaigning for an end to mobile phone ‘not spots’ all across the UK, so that businesspeople can connect to customers, suppliers and staff – and so that local communities can better connect, too.

“Our campaign will be constructive and focused on solutions. While we’ll press for investment and services improvements, we’ll work with mobile operators and all parties with a stake in getting this right across the UK. Working together, business, communities and operators can identify key gaps in coverage and find shared solutions to resolve the real-world connection problems many business communities face.

“Our message to all businesses is simple: share and report mobile not spots – so that together we can take action to improve reliable coverage for the future. The UK’s future prosperity depends on getting the fundamentals right here at home – and a push for reliable, dependable and consistently improving mobile connectivity is the perfect place to start.”

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, further commented: “Connectivity is becoming increasingly vital for businesses and as a region we need to make sure our digital infrastructure is suited to the needs of modern day operations and processes. Based on feedback from our members, we have committed to making improvements to digital connectivity a focal point of our Transport & Infrastructure Campaign; a programme that aims to harness an environment that will enable businesses to thrive in an increasingly inter-connected world.  

“As densely populated an area as the Black Country is, there remain many areas across the region with poor digital connectivity, which is hampering the growth prospects of the business community and the local economy.

“With this in mind, we wholeheartedly support the national campaign being launched today and will be working closely with both the British Chambers of Commerce and the local business community to help eliminate not spots throughout the Black Country.”

For more information on the Black Country Chamber’s Transport and Infrastructure Campaign, please visit www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/transport.

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