High-speed broadband at historic site

Johnnie Arkwright (right) with Neil Davis of Davis IT Solutions who is a tenant at Hatton Technology Park.
Johnnie Arkwright (right) with Neil Davis of Davis IT Solutions who is a tenant at Hatton Technology Park.

A RURAL technology park has managed to obtain the latest generation of high-speed broadband to become the first in the South Midlands to offer the crucial service.

Hatton Technology Park is owned by Johnnie Arkwright, whose ancestor Sir Richard Arkwright made the technological breakthrough with the Spinning Jenny that led to his building the first factory in the world in 1770. It was the start of the Industrial Revolution and the end of cottage industry, as the rural community migrated to the towns for work. Now Mr Arkwright is reversing the process by using the very latest new technology to enable businesses to return to the countryside.

He said: “The lack of high-speed internet access in rural areas is a big national issue.

“We are making a significant investment and the response by prospective occupiers has been fantastic. It’s a real breakthrough.”

The 20 office suites – ranging from 400 sq ft to 4,800 ft - are situated in former Victorian farm buildings on the 700-acre Hatton Estate, which was bought by Sir Richard’s grandson Peter in 1836. Anyone interested can contact property manager Caroline Clifton 844326.