Bluntrock Brewery, co-founders Hugo Roads and George Collins were desperate to get internet connectivity after setting up their business in St Minver Lowlands, near Wadebridge, in 2021.
They opened their nanobrewery and taproom in a set of two converted 40ft shipping containers in August, after months of planning and hard graft.
The final, and unexpectedly difficult, hurdle was setting up a decent internet connection, essential for taking card payments, running their CCTV system, taking online orders and organising social media marketing campaigns.
With their grand opening approaching, and having been let down by another internet provider, George and Hugo turned to Wildanet for help.
“We didn’t have any internet up here at all,” said George, Bluntrock’s brewer. “We were relying on phone hotspots to run the tills and do the sales transactions, which is not ideal when you’re trying to get signal through a shipping container.”
“It was going to be really difficult to set up with the other provider and we thought we had a date for installation but they never turned up,” said George.
“That was the week we were opening and we still hadn’t got any proper Wi-Fi. We’d been let down and we needed to have a solution in place because running the opening night with just the hotspots on our phone was just not going to work.”
A friend recommended Wildanet because the company had been able to connect his business ‘in an-out-of-the-way spot’ in Cornwall, which didn’t have any fibre network.
Wildanet prides itself on being responsive and finding solutions for businesses, including deploying the latest wireless technology to provide superfast broadband direct to homes and businesses in rural areas where fibre isn’t available.
For George and Hugo, it was the perfect solution.
“It was just super quick with Wildanet,” said George. “Because it was wireless, they just turned up, put the mast up and we were online. It was that quick and easy.”
“I have just generally been really impressed,” said Hugo. “Obviously, we are a fairly new company and just the level of customer service was amazing.”
Both George and Hugo say they would recommend Wildanet to other businesses struggling with poor internet or simply to get connected in Cornwall.
“I would absolutely recommend them, especially down here where it’s geographically really difficult to get decent Wi-Fi in a lot of places, said George. “They just took all of the stress out of trying to sort our internet connectivity.”
Being fully connected means Bluntrock Brewery can now get on with the important job of creating their range of delicious, small batch beers, from hop forward hazy IPA’s to fruited kettle sours.
Online sales are going up all the time and there are plans for more events in the taproom.
“We’re looking forward to a busy summer with lots of different street food trucks and live music events,” said Hugo.
“So if you’re into your beer and good evenings out having fun with your mates, then come and check us out.”
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