Working in Partnership with Leeds Beckett University

Building effective partnerships at the ISPA Awards

In just a couple of days, on July 12th, we’re heading over to the ISPA Awards, the leading awards ceremony for the Internet Service Provider industry, exploring the best performances, accomplishments and developments in the sector. Over the years, we’ve picked up a wide range of ISPA Awards and nominations, covering everything from our market-leading support team to the high-performance Internet services that we provide.

This year, celebrating their 20th annual awards ceremony, ISPA have launched a new category, celebrating the best Projects and Partnerships between ISPs and local organisations, aiming to highlight the measurable improvements for communities and infrastructure that ISPs have helped generate.

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for this award (along with our nomination for the Best Business Broadband) for the work we’ve been doing with Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centre programme across the last year. In this blog, we’re taking a look at what exactly our partnership involves, and how it’s helped to make a real difference to emerging companies across West Yorkshire.

Exa Networks and Leeds Beckett University

In the modern day, universities have a significantly wider scope than education and research, with many working to help support communities and further develop the local economy. One of the more effective programmes aimed at the latter is the Leeds Beckett University Business Centre programme, designed to give emerging businesses an effective environment (backed up with expert support) in which to develop and flourish.

Every one of the University Business Centres is designed to combine a convenient location, well-equipped and luxurious office space and direct support from experienced, expert mentors (while also giving startup businesses some vital networking opportunities).

Startup businesses housed in the University Business Centres see a huge range of benefits, then, with some particularly clear statistics backing up the effective nature of their support. Overall, early stage businesses in the centres have an incredible 95% chance of success - a huge step above the standard, with a significant number of emerging businesses failing in the early years.

Across the last year, Leeds Beckett University have been working to significantly expand their UBC programme, opening up new centres including a Digital Hub in Leeds (just for digital businesses), as well as centres in Halifax and Wakefield. The University has been active in searching out the best possible services for their centres, helping ensure that businesses based there can benefit from truly excellent facilities.

As such, the University chose our future-proof DarkLight connectivity to supply their new business centres. Built to deliver ultrafast Internet speeds at a significantly lower cost than other options, DarkLight’s unmatched flexibility ensures that the businesses housed in the UBC buildings get access to the high-speed connectivity that modern day organisations require to perform at their best.

All DarkLight lines support a fully symmetrical, world-class 10 Gbps speed, with users being able to adjust the speed that they’re receiving at practically any point. This adds an extra level of convenience for the University, letting them stay on top of increasing bandwidth demands for years to come, supporting an ongoing stream of startup companies without having to inconvenience tenants by installing a new Internet connection.

Since installing DarkLight connectivity for the UBC buildings, we’ve been working alongside Leeds Beckett University to help promote some of the great events being hosted in and around the centres.

With the ISPA Awards coming up in just a couple of days, make sure to follow us on Twitter @ExaNetworks to find out what’s going on at Exa!