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Borders Businesses get Investment Boost Through Digital Hub

David Paul

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Melrose based GB Technologies is developing the hub to provide fibre connectivity and improve energy efficiency for businesses in the borders.

IT and Telecoms provider GB Technologies is investing in Tweed Horizons Business Centre near St Boswells to in a bid to improve digital infrastructure and eco-friendly power supply.

The company partnered with Commsworld to install one gigabyte fibre-optic broadband to ensure that a high speed connection will be deployed throughout the building as part of ongoing improvements to the Centre.

GB Technologies will also be working alongside Renew Green Energy, based in the Borders, to add heat pumps and solar panels to the building, further improving energy efficiency.

The carbon footprint of the properties will be reduced by an estimated 152 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year: the equivalent of planting 770 trees.

Mark Moncrieff, managing director of GB Technologies, commented: “Tweed Horizons is a well-established business centre serving the Scottish Borders, but we know that with our expertise in IT and communications we can significantly improve the experience for tenants and those who host events at the centre.

“This investment marks a new and exciting phase in the growth of our company too, and we have lots of plans for the region’s first digital hub.”

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Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair Designate of South of economic development agency Scotland Enterprise, said: “The establishment of a digital hub by GB Technologies at the Tweed Horizons Business Centre is most welcome and has the potential to benefit many businesses across the South of Scotland.

“Using and improving digital connectivity is an overarching aim of South of Scotland Enterprise and this will add to other digital hubs that will help drive inclusive growth.

“South of Scotland Enterprise, through its predecessor the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, has already supported other developments of this type in the region and will continue to do so.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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