New sponsor on board for food festival

Simon Roberson,  BT regional manager for the North East.
Simon Roberson, BT regional manager for the North East.

A new sponsor is backing this year’s Alnwick Food Festival as it celebrates a decade of promoting local food and drink.

BT has given its support to the event, which sees the town transformed into the culinary capital of food and drink over two days in September.



The telecoms company is responsible for helping communities across Northumberland use the power of communications and technology to help them to thrive and prosper.

And it was Alnwick that marked the starting point for superfast fibre roll-out in north Northumberland.

BT regional manager for the North East, Simon Roberson said: “We are proud to sponsor the Alnwick Food Festival 2014. And as a Northumberland resident I am pleased and proud to support an event which recognises and showcases the hard work and achievements of people living and working in my own community.

“Super-fast fibre broadband offers huge benefits and will help our local economy to flourish.

“Better, faster communications will help local restaurants and cafes use social media effectively to connect to their customers and offer free wifi to visiting customers. Local food producers can potentially access a global audience with many securing customers the length and breadth of the country and beyond.

“Faster speeds at home means everyone in the family can do their own thing online, all at the same time, whether it’s downloading cookery recipes or watching online demos on video, watching your favourite cookery programme on catch-up TV; streaming HD or 3D movies in a few minutes; or posting photos and videos to social networking sites in seconds. Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre. Once you’ve switched to fibre you’ll never look back.”

“While faster broadband certainly has its part to play in Northumberland, events such as this one are vital and an opportunity to celebrate all the the talent, potential and creativity that the county has to offer.

“This year’s Alnwick Food Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.”

BT’s £2.5billion UK-wide investment in fibre broadband has brought the high-speed technology to nearly 100,000 homes and businesses across the county.

A further 17,000 are able to access our fibre etwork as a result of the iNorthumberland programme, a partnership led by Northumberland County Council and BT.

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