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Bradford Enterprise Bid

Bradford won’t miss out on world class IT services, pledges local company.

Bradford’s City Centre will still get superfast broadband and world class IT services, even though the city’s missed out on becoming an Enterprise Zone – that’s the pledge from local IT specialists Exa Networks.

Exa Networks, which employs 16 people at its base in Cottingley near Bingley, recently won a £2.5 million contract to install and manage internet connections at The Green, an eco-friendly student village which is part of a £150 million development at The University of Bradford.

The deal also offers potential benefits for city centre businesses. To provide internet connectivity at The Green, Exa Networks will be creating a new city centre datacentre. This will also offer state-of-the-art IT services, including superfast broadband, to local organisations needing to send and receive large amounts of information over the internet quickly - and the facility will be much cheaper than currently available.

Mark Cowgill, Managing Director of Exa Networks, said its plans won’t be affected by the news yesterday that Bradford is not being put forward as a possible location for a Government-backed Enterprise Zone which would have offered businesses within its boundaries discounted rates, superfast broadband and fast-track planning.

Mr Cowgill said: “Naturally we are very disappointed that Bradford’s missed out on becoming an Enterprise Zone, but thanks to the new data centre we are creating at the heart of the city, we will still be making massive improvements to the digital infrastructure of the city.

“The data centre will mean any business in Bradford city centre will be able to access superfast broadband and enjoy the competitive advantages and cost savings that world class IT services bring.”

Exa Networks’ data centre is currently being built and the company aims to be able to offer high speed, high volume internet services to businesses by August 2011.

Exa Networks, founded in 2003, specialises in IT connectivity, networking and specialist software for businesses and the education sector. The company is a supporter of Positive Bradford, a network of organisations, including businesses and community groups, which aims to promote a positive image of the city.

Notes for Editors

For more information contact Ros Dawson, ros@rosdawsonmedia.co.uk 07720 882512 @rosdawsonmedia or Mark Cowgill 0345 145 1234 www.exa.net.uk