Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Mansfield hits crowdfunding target for free WiFi network

WiFi equipment will be installed early in the new year, to be accessible by Spring

Article comments

A crowdfunding appeal by the town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire to raise funds for a free WiFi network in the town centre has reached its target figure of £36,363.

Back in November, Techworld reported that the Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID) had launched the campaign using Spacehive.com – a crowdfunding platform devoted to civic improvement.

The aim of the project was to drive up footfall and encourage more growth in local enterprise, in line with the government's aim to improve digital inclusion throughout the UK.

Thanks in part to a £20,000 donation from Cardinal Group, which hopes to use the WiFi to develop and showcase its retail security software, Mansfield BID has hit the target and expects to install the WiFi equipment early in the new year, to be accessible by Spring.

A number of individuals and businesses also contributed to the fund, with Mansfield Town Team donating £7,000 and Mansfield District Council supporting the scheme with a £1,221 grant.

“This is fantastic news for shoppers, visitors and businesses alike and helps to put Mansfield on the technological map,” said Sarah Nelson, Mansfield BID manager. “We’re grateful to everyone who has backed the campaign and made it a real success story to be proud of.”

She added that the free WiFi service would help Mansfield to attract investors and enable local businesses to stay ahead of the competition. Stallholders, for example, could take card payments and shoppers would be able to browse the internet and stay a while longer.

Cardinal plans to use the Mansfield WiFi to showcase its next-generation tools such as “Store of the Future” (SOTF) technology, which aims to bring together the online and offline shopping experience.

SOTF includes Virtual Mirrors, which allows consumers to virtually try on clothes without entering the changing room, and Touch Foil technology, which enables retailers to use empty store windows as interactive advertising display spaces.

“This is a really exciting project for Mansfield, which has the opportunity to lead the way not only in free WiFi access but to be highlighted as the town where next-generation retail technology is installed to transform the high street,” said Jason Trigg, founder and CEO at Cardinal Group.

The £36,363 figure is slightly less than the original target figure of £38,000, because a number of large donations brought down the transaction fee on the site, meaning that less money needed to be raised overall.

Web and e-commerce specialist Dave Hartshorne, whose company Dijitul.com is based within the BID area, commented: “Internet is the way of the future and anything that helps business and customers connect, while helping to regenerate the town centre, has to be welcomed.”



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *