Cloud2020 selected to support Gloucestershire Superfast Business Programme

Cloud2020’s Ian Bourne and Lucy Bourne are delighted to have been selected to work with Business West to deliver Specialist support to Gloucestershire’s businesses through the Superfast Business Programme. The Programme, being delivered in partnership with the Local Authority and with the support from GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, provides 12 hours of fully funded support to eligible county businesses to enable them to explore and embrace the opportunities associated with the latest technologies.

As the Superfast Broadband roll out unfolds there is potential for businesses to fully exploit faster connection speeds and reach exciting new levels of digital marketing, use of IT and communications across the South West.  The programme provides opportunity for businesses to learn more about topics such as moving to the Cloud, Customer Relationship Management, creating a digital marketing strategy, IT procurement and how to make your website work harder.

Ian and Lucy will provide Specialist Support with migration to the cloud, social media and digital marketing, collaborative working and developing an IT strategy. Each business will attend a small group session which will be tailored to their own aspirations and receive a Support Plan which will further support their goals and create opportunity for business transformation and growth through greater and more efficient use of technology. 

Ian Bourne, MD at Cloud2020, said: ‘we are delighted to be working with the Superfast Business Programme.  This is just what local businesses need to give them the confidence to understand size does not matter.  Greater speeds and better, more efficient use of technology will enable even the most rural of businesses to compete not only in this country but globally.  One of our client’s Stroud Company, Green Fuels who have achieved exceptional growth and worldwide recognition, is a fine example of how with the right IT infrastructure a small business can compete in the global arena and “punch above their weight”.  Green Fuels can work anywhere, any time from any computer.  We need more businesses to understand the huge benefits that greater and more effective use of IT can bring to business.”

Lucy Bourne, Account Manager at Cloud2020, said “I really wanted to get involved with the programme and support our County businesses and give them the confidence to embrace digital technology.   IT is not optional anymore it is, in my view, the most important consideration for any aspiring business. 

There is huge benefit to this programme and local businesses really should take the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of what they can achieve through IT.  It is not often we can say it sounds too good to be true but in my view this really is!”

There are events going on throughout the County to explain more about the Superfast Business Programme and the fully funded support available with the next one in Cheltenham on Tuesday 15 October at Cheltenham Race Course.  There are events in Cirencester on the 7 November and the  Forest of Dean on the 27 November.  For more information please contact Ian ( or Lucy ( or visit the Superfast Business website and

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