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POSTED ON – 02.10.13

SSR Manchester - Communications Minister Ed Vaizey visits SSR
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey visits SSR
Ed Vaizey, the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries recently visited SSR after taking time out from his busy Conservative Party Conference schedule.

The visit to SSR was in support of the government’s SuperConnected Cities voucher scheme, which we recently benefited from with the installation of a 30Mbps wireless leased line.

This superfast broadband was facilitated by local Internet Service Provider Metronet (UK). Metronet is the first Manchester based supplier of the government vouchers, which allow businesses to apply for up to £3000 towards the cost of installing superfast internet services.

Mr Vaizey was met by SSR Principal Ian Hu, Technical Director Tom Aston and Metronet CEO Elliott Mueller before a short tour of our facilities that included music production and post production demonstrations in our studios. The minister also dropped in on some of our classes to meet our tutors and students.

With our new academic term starting and many recent facilities upgrades, the broadband upgrade could not have come at a better time for us and will lead to many benefits for students and staff including increased online productivity and stability, while allowing us to explore new avenues such as live streaming of events and other online activities.

Following the visit to SSR, Mr Vaizey also visited the Metronet (UK) offices and CHF Entertainment, the company behind cartoons such as Danger Mouse.

Tom Aston, SSR Technical Director:
“We are delighted at SSR that with these broadband vouchers we have been able to get a fast, reliable Internet connection from Metronet (UK). This upgrade is one of many we have taken out on our infrastructure and facilities over the last few months to ensure our position as the place to be for training in the creative media industries.”

Elliott Mueller, CEO of Metronet (UK):
“SSR is a great example of how businesses can benefit and thrive from the outcome of the government’s voucher scheme. At Metronet (UK) we hope that this market testing phase of the scheme will be a huge success and that the government are able to rollout out to other cities across the country.”

We were delighted to welcome Mr Vaizey to SSR and appreciate his enthusiastic support for creative businesses in Manchester.