Fibrus brings lightning-fast broadband to Workington

Nearly 12,000 homes and businesses across the town of Workington now have access to lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband, thanks to Fibrus. 

The telecoms provider has been working in Cumbria since 2021, bringing full-fibre optic cable all the way to premises to provide connection speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. This is far superior to the speeds achieved with conventional copper phone networks. 

Of the 36,000 homes to be offered full-fibre connections across the county, a third are in Workington. 

Colin Hutchinson, chief financial officer for Fibrus, said: “We identified Workington as an area in need of enhanced broadband connections and prioritised the town accordingly. 

“We’ve been working hard to instal infrastructure, laying around 250 kilometres of cable in Workington alone. Full-fibre broadband is the mains electricity of the 21st century and it’s vital that it is widely available.” 

Alongside its commercial roll-out, Fibrus has started work to connect tens of thousands of people living and working in rural Cumbria to high-speed connectivity as part of a £108 million government contract.  

Project Gigabit is the government’s mission to bring lightning fast, reliable broadband to hard-to-reach communities across the UK. 

MP Mark Jenkinson praised Fibrus for focusing on Workington. 

He said: “Good broadband connections are vital, particularly for businesses that need fast connections to stay competitive. 

“I’m delighted with the work Fibrus has done to bring the benefits of full-fibre broadband to Workington and I’m proud that the Government’s Project Gigabit initiative will enable Fibrus to connect many rural parts of the constituency that would otherwise miss out.” 

Fibrus is still laying cable in Workington and also currently in Aspatria, Kendal and Penrith. 

It will start work in another 15 towns and villages in Cumbria in the first half of 2024 including Great Broughton, Cockermouth, Keswick, Distington, Whitehaven, St Bees, Windermere and Flookburgh. 

The company has hosted events in 11 communities to explain its work, responded to more than 300 enquiries and launched an apprentice training facility at Newton Rigg, Penrith, where 16 apprentices have completed training and another 74 will be trained by 2026. 

Fibrus is also providing £212,000 to support community projects over the life of the Project Gigabit contract. 

During 2023 it began a partnership with Workington Town’s, sponsoring both the mens’ and ladies’ teams who both play at the renamed Fibrus Community Stadium. 

It has sponsored the Fibrus 100 girls’ cricket league, provided a fund for grassroots boys’ and girls’ sports clubs and helped to tackle digital poverty with a £60,000 fund for community groups . 

Find out more about the Project Gigabit rollout at www.hyperfastgb.com, or check if you’re already connectable at www.fibrus.com. 

Fibrus brings lightning-fast broadband to Cumbria

More than 36,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria now have access to lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband, thanks to Fibrus. 

The telecoms provider has been working in the county since 2021, bringing full-fibre optic cable all the way to premises to provide connection speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. This is far superior to the speeds achieved with conventional copper phone networks. 

Alongside its commercial roll-out, Fibrus has started work to connect tens of thousands of people living and working in rural Cumbria to high-speed connectivity as part of a £108 million government contract.  

Project Gigabit is the government’s mission to bring lightning fast, reliable broadband to hard-to-reach communities across the UK. 

Colin Hutchinson, chief financial officer for Fibrus, said: “We’ve made excellent progress in what is a challenging environment to build. 

“The sheer size of Cumbria presents challenges, as does the geology – we’ve had to drill through rock in some places – and with two National Parks and three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we’ve had to take extra care to minimise the impact of our work on the environment. 

“It’s been particularly satisfying to start delivery on Project Gigabit, bringing full-fibre broadband to parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need.” 

He added: “Full-fibre broadband is the mains electricity of the 21st century and it’s vital that it is widely available. Fibrus will continue to address the digital imbalance in rural connectivity and we look forward to seeing more communities enjoying the benefits of our full-fibre network.” 

Fibrus is currently laying fibre in Kendal, Penrith, Workington and Aspatria. 

It will start work in another 15 towns and villages in the first half of 2024 including Windermere, Whitehaven, St Bees, Flookburgh, Great Broughton, Cockermouth, Distington and Keswick. 

The company has hosted events in 11 communities to explain its work, responded to more than 300 enquiries and launched an apprentice training facility at Newton Rigg, Penrith, where 16 apprentices have completed training and another 74 will be trained by 2026. 

Fibrus is also providing £212,000 to support community projects over the life of the Project Gigabit contract. 

It has sponsored the Fibrus 100 girls’ cricket league, provided a fund for grassroots boys’ and girls’ sports clubs and helped to tackle digital poverty with a £60,000 fund for community groups. 

Find out more about the Project Gigabit rollout at www.hyperfastgb.com, or check if you’re already connectable at www.fibrus.com. 

Workington Town reveal new away stripes

Workington Town Rugby League Club have unveiled a striking new design for their alternative kit for the new season in partnership with official shirt sponsors Fibrus Broadband.

The kit went on sale on Boxing Day, giving fans the chance to buy the shirt ahead of the new season which gets underway with a warm-up fixture on Sunday January 7 when the team travels to Widnes to face the Vikings.

The new blue and black design was created alongside Fibrus Broadband, using its colours in recognition of the partnership. The Full Fibre broadband company will have its name on the front of the alternative kit for the next two seasons, having also recently secured its place as the front of shirt sponsor for the main kit and the ladies’ team. The ground is also known as the Fibrus Community Stadium.

Graeme Peers, Director and Commercial Partnerships Manager at Workington Town RLFC said: “The new design is fresh and modern, and we’re thrilled to have Fibrus on board as we go into a new season, and a new era of lightning fast broadband in Workington.

“Our partnership with Fibrus over the next two seasons means both the Workington Town men’s and ladies’ teams will play with their logo at the Fibrus Community Stadium and as we travel to away matches.”

Chris Collins, Head of Network Build and Maintenance, Cumbria, at Fibrus, said: “The new shirt looks fantastic, and we are excited to see the players wearing our logo across both kits in the upcoming season.

“Workington Town Rugby Club is a wonderful community asset, and we are committed to playing our role in the community too, as we continue to build Full Fibre broadband infrastructure around Workington and across the county.”

Fibrus has further demonstrated its support for Cumbrian sport this year by launching its Play it Forward fund, which has been providing grants to nearly 20 Cumbrian grassroots sports clubs. It also sponsors the Fibrus 100, the first Cumbrian cricket league for girls. This investment sits alongside The Fibrus Community Fund, which has seen the company invest £60,000 this year to tackle digital poverty across Cumbria.

Fibrus recognised for setting new standards in the broadband industry

It’s a been a full fibre frenzy for broadband provider Fibrus as its most successful year comes to an end.

Currently transforming digital infrastructure in the UK, Fibrus has invested over £700m in bringing full fibre broadband to rural homes and businesses in towns and villages across Northern Ireland and Cumbria.

The company has been recognised for its industry-leading achievements, having won or been shortlisted for 17 awards across the UK and Ireland in 2023.

Most recently, Fibrus secured a top spot in Deloitte’s 2023 Technology Fast 50 Awards, a ranking of the fastest growing tech companies in Ireland.

Fibrus made its debut on the list in 2022 and is one of only nine from Northern Ireland to appear in the top 50.

Chief Financial Officer Colin Hutchinson said 2023 was a milestone year for the company.

“Our research has pinpointed three key areas where consumers feel let down by other providers: reliability, speed and value for money,” he said.

“Based on this insight, Fibrus has further optimised its brand and product offering to deliver a first-in-class alternative that trumps the competition.”

“Earlier this year, Fibrus teamed up with eero, an Amazon company, to launch a Total Home Wi-Fi product to guarantee customers coverage in every room of the house.

“As a result, we have seen our customer base treble in a year, to over 60,000 customers.”

The company’s Chief People Officer Linda McMillan said the bumper year was testament to its commitment to creating a positive and supportive work environment that fosters growth and development for employees.

In 2023 alone, Fibrus was shortlisted for or won seven people and culture awards, including the prestigious accolade of the Investors in People UK Employer of the Year Award.

“Our people are the differentiator in the success of Fibrus,” she said.

“We’re working hard to ensure we’re a fabulous employer by listening, supporting, challenging and involving our colleagues. It’s really reassuring to know that we’re doing things right by being recognised by a range of best-in-class awards.”

Celebrate the festive season with our top 10 Christmas movie picks

The countdown is on, we’re over halfway through our yummy advent calendars and there’s only one more weekend between us and the BIG day! So, let’s unwind with a hot chocolate and a movie marathon to get us into the festive spirit.

‘Tis the season to share, so we’ve unwrapped our top 10 Christmas movies with you. But before we get into it, let’s discuss the ‘unwanted gifts’ other broadband providers may give you this Christmas. As the temperatures drop, the last thing we want when we’re snuggled on the sofa is freezing Wi-Fi connections. But don’t worry, we’ve got a present for you.

Light up your broadband this Christmas with our fibrefast speeds, Total Home Wi-Fi guarantee, and no hidden costs or mid-contract price hikes. We even have a contract buyout option if you’re stuck in a contract. Our broadband is a gift that keeps on giving! And we’re easy on your wallet too, which let’s be honest, is especially important at this time of the year.

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Lights, camera, jingle!

Now, back to the main event – the movies. From family-friendly classics to heartwarming tales, we’ve got it covered!

Family-friendly classics *

  1. Elf (PG)
    Raised as an oversized elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.
  2. The Santa Clause (U)
    When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
  3. Home Alone (U)
    An eight-year-old troublemaker, mistakenly left home alone, must defend his home against a pair of burglars on Christmas Eve.
  4. Miracle on 34th Street (U)
    A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
  5. Polar Express (U)
    On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
  6. It’s A Wonderful Life (U)
    An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
  7. Love Actually (15)
    Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
  8. White Christmas (U)
    A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
  9. The Holiday (12A)
    Two women troubled with guy problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
  10. A Christmas Carol (PG)
    An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

With our fast and reliable Full Fibre broadband, you can stream these Christmas classics without a single interruption. So, why not save some money and treat yourself this Christmas?

Join us on the merrier side! Check availability with our Postcode Checker to get started now.

*Film Classification as shown on BBFC (December 2023).

*Film descriptions are sourced from the IMDb website (December 2023).

**T&Cs apply, subject to availability.

League’s first season is a breakthrough for girls’ cricket in Cumbria

It has been a breakthrough year for girls’ cricket in Cumbria with a successful first season of an innovative new league.  

The Fibrus 100 League began in the summer with four teams playing competitively at either under-13 or under-16 level.

With sponsorship from Full Fibre broadband firm Fibrus, the league was based on The Hundred, which is a 100-ball cricket competition, with the teams representing different regions of the county: Eden Eagles, Southern Power, Central Sixers, and Western Boom. 

At U13 level Eden Eagles topped the table over Central Sixers and Southern Power, while in the older U16 category, the Boom saw off the Sixers and Eagles. 

Graeme Dodds, female pathway lead at Cumbria Cricket, said it had been an important first season with much promise for the future. 

“2023 was a breakthrough year for women and girls’ cricket in the area with the introduction of the Fibrus 100 league.  

“With the sponsorship provided by Fibrus, it allowed us to be bigger and better than we ever thought.  

“With coloured clothing, banners and flags, we were able to create something similar to what we see on TV with the Women’s Hundred.” 

Graeme believes that participating in the Fibrus 100 brings all kinds of benefits for the girls.

He said: “A big part is the social aspect of being involved in a team sport. It enables them to build friendships and social circles, building confidence and overall wellbeing. It gets them out of the house and away from their computers and smartphones and gives them the opportunity to be with their friends.  

“Some aspire to play cricket at a higher level and The Fibrus 100 became a great starting point for girls getting involved with hardball cricket.” 

Libby Bateman, External Stakeholder Manager for Fibrus, said: “I attended the launch of the league and I have seen a few of the games during the season. We have invested in local sport across Cumbria at many levels this year, and it has been lovely to see these young ladies enjoying their cricket. 

“We’re proud to see the growth of girls’ cricket in Cumbria through this new league. Not only is it giving more girls the chance to get involved, but it is helping to connect the Cumbrian communities that we know are so passionate about their sport.” 

Even though his team didn’t win, Bertie Medhurst of Southern Power felt it had been hugely enjoyable for the girls to take part, and the role of Fibrus had been fundamental to getting the league underway. 

“From coaching the girls, I know they enjoyed every minute of each game they had, all of them as a team and individually improving,” he said.  

“Without the support from Fibrus, the Southern Power girls would not have had the opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their experiences of playing cricket.”  

Clubs came together to help form the teams, with Eden Eagles drawing players from Edenhall, Penrith and Appleby and Southern Power involving players from Barrow and Ulverston. Central Sixers drew players from Netherfield, Milnthorpe, Sedgwick, Kendal, Arnside and Carnforth, and Western Boom had players from West Cumbria. 

Fibrus People spotlight November 2023 Q&A

  • Name:  

Emma Wilson

  • Job title: 

Head of Recruitment 

  • Where are you from? 

I was born in Belfast, spent 12 years living in Glasgow for university and work and returned to Belfast 15 years ago. 

  • What do you like to do in your free time?/ When are you at your happiest?  

I’m a very proud dog Mum and love getting Ralph out for long walks, regardless of the weather! He has a natural ability to find (and roll in) anything mucky or smelly.  I’ve discovered that dog walking is a really sociable activity and love that I get chatting to other dog walkers and have conversations I’d otherwise never have had.   

  • What are you passionate about? E.g charity work, extra curricular, spending time with family.  

My family and friends are the most important part of my life.  Although my twin sister and big sister both live in Scotland, we see each other regularly and I have two nieces and two nephews who are amazing, great fun and make us all very proud.  They’re also great at keeping things real – my niece kindly asked me recently “when are you getting your roots done” as I had lots of grey hairs!  I’m also fortunate to have a wonderful group of friends, some of which I’ve known since my first day at primary school.  I’ve learnt that surrounding yourself with people who add value and positivity to your life is everything.

  • What’s something you saw recently that made you smile/laugh?  

I was visiting my sister and I noticed that my niece (she’s 9) takes so much time and pride in making her bed – such a simple thing but it really made me smile as I believe you should take pride in everything you do, no matter how small. 

  • How do you like to wind down from your day? 

I think it’s important to look after yourself, especially if it’s been a particularly tough day.  A catch up with a friend, lighting the fire and watching a Christmas movie (can’t beat that this time of year), getting out for a walk or having a glass of wine while doing a bit of housework!   

  • What does your typical day in Fibrus look like? 

The joy of working in Recruitment means that no one day is the same.  Some days can be focused on recruiting for key roles for our business, chatting to applicants and conducting interviews.  The next could be working on our strategy, procedural or policy planning, reporting or catching up with the team on a one to one basis.  I’m fortunate to have a wonderful team who are supportive and truly passionate about what they do.  

  • What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of? 

Fibrus have won so many business awards over the past couple of years right across our business. Being able to contribute in any small way to the success we’ve seen so far as a team makes me incredibly proud. 

  • What’s your go-to productivity trick? 

Do the things that you enjoy the least first!  Get the ‘less fun’ work out of the way first and then you can focus on the tasks that you find most enjoyable.  Also never be afraid to ask for help whether you’re unsure about what you’re doing, have too much to do or just need a sounding board – no one should ever feel alone. 

  • What led you to this career? 

I happened upon Recruitment when I was taking a year out in Australia after university.  I worked on Reception for a small recruitment agency in Sydney and when I saw what the consultants were doing, I thought I can do that!  So, when I returned from my travels, I phoned round the local recruitment agencies, managed to get a job as a trainee Recruitment Consultant and have developed my career from there. 

  • What motivates you at work? 

People! Whether it’s the team I work in, our internal stakeholders or the applicants that may soon become our colleagues, I love talking about Fibrus, supporting the team and helping to add to the wonderful colleague base we have here.  The people in Fibrus are what makes it the place it is.  

  • What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from? 

Never assume – it’s makes an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’.  That was advice from my A Level Economics teacher and it’s always stayed with me as a reminder to listen, ask questions and never be afraid to ask for help. 

  • What’s your earliest memory? 

I have a rubbish memory but remember milk and Rich Tea biscuits in nursery school! 

  • If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? 

To fly!  I have a recurring dream where I fly – randomly my flight style is doing breast-stroke through the air which must come from my swimming days during school!  I think the ability to just up and fly away to somewhere new would be amazing. 

  • What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? 

There are a lot of places further afield that I’d love to visit however I’m determined over the next couple of years to see more of Ireland.  I’ve travelled a lot over the years but haven’t explored half of the beautiful places we have right on our doorstep. 

Celebrating victory on and off the pitch

Football fans enjoyed a lively clash between Coleraine FC and Carrick Rangers FC last weekend.

With an even 1-1 scoreline between the two teams, the real winners were members of local community groups who watched the game pitch-side on November 25.

Full fibre broadband provider, Fibrus, a dedicated supporter of Coleraine FC, issued match tickets and lunch vouchers to community groups including Articlave District Community Association, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust, Maghera Cross Community Link, Garvagh Pipe Band and Ballinrees Community and Cultural Society to the match.

The organisations invited by Fibrus were all recipients of the Fibrus Community Fund Northern Ireland in the last number of years.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Amie McNeice, Marketing Director, said Fibrus is proud to connect local communities through sport.

“Football – much like broadband – is about bringing fans, friends and families together and uniting communities,” she said.

“That’s why our partnership with Coleraine FC is about more than football; it’s about creating lasting connections and fostering community bonds.”

Over 30 organisations in Northern Ireland have benefited from the latest round of the Fibrus Community Fund in 2023.

Since its launch in 2021, it has made a significant impact, improving the lives of nearly 14,000 individuals and supporting over 70 projects aimed at addressing digital poverty across the region.

The company has been on a mission to transform and extend Northern Ireland’s digital infrastructure and has already provided full fibre broadband access to 300,000 premises in Northern Ireland and Northern England.

In Coleraine alone, over 13,000 homes and businesses are ready to be connected to Fibrus Broadband, significantly enhancing the community’s quality of life.

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Fibrus champions rural connectivity at Spring Farm Machinery Show

Full Fibre broadband provider Fibrus continues to demonstrate its support for the local farming community as the headline sponsor of one of Ireland’s major agricultural events for a second consecutive year.

With an investment of over £700m to date, Fibrus has significantly enhanced the digital infrastructure of rural and regional areas, bringing reliable broadband to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

The Spring Farm and Plant Machinery Show, which is due to take place on January 24 and 25 next year, at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, near Lisburn, anticipates a turnout of around 15,000 people.

Colin Hutchinson, Chief Financial Officer at Fibrus, said the agricultural event aligned with the ethos of the company and its commitment to connectivity, particularly in rural and remote parts of Northern Ireland.

“Farming and agriculture are integral to the fabric of Northern Ireland and to the communities we serve and play a crucial role in the local economy,” he said.

“That’s why Fibrus is delighted to have once again teamed up with AJS to invest in the 2024 show as we continue to support the rural and hard to reach parts of Northern Ireland.”

Andrew Short, Director of AJS Promotions, said “We are absolutely delighted to have Fibrus back on board this year for our annual Spring Farm and Plant Machinery Show.

“We value Fibrus’ commitment to our event, and their support significantly enhances the positive impact we can make on the local farming community.

“Together, we look forward to fostering a thriving environment for agricultural innovation.”

The partnership outlines Fibrus’ commitment to the farming community and supporting local customers.

This year will see the return of live outdoor demonstration area to the Show and visitors will see machinery in action and get the latest news and information on new technology and innovations.

The Eikon Centre at Balmoral Park, offers convenient access via the M1, making it easily accessible from Belfast and Dublin, with ample on-site free parking available.

The event will run from noon until 10pm daily, featuring live demos and informative Discover Stage talks throughout the day.

For further details about the show, interested parties can reach out to AJS Promotions at 028 8225 2800, email [email protected] or access the brochure at www.ajspromotions.com.

To find out if you are connectable to Fibrus Full Fibre broadband, call 02890 993230 or visit www.fibrus.com.