Based in Cambridge, St John’s Innovation Centre provides early-stage knowledge-based companies with the business advice, strategic consultancy and flexible accommodation. It was the first innovation centre of its kind in Europe and has become world-renowned for its success as a business incubator.

As an existing tenant of St John’s Innovation Centre, Bridge Fibre had made great strides in developing its business to include competitive, robust and secure internet services to multi-tenanted premises. It therefore made perfect sense that St John’s Innovation Centre should be the first business centre to be offered a new connectivity service from Bridge Fibre.

The plan

Bridge Fibre worked closely with the management team at St John’s to tailor a service which would meet the requirements of their tenants and determine a business-model which would provide additional income for the centre itself.

Bridge Fibre wanted to provide better connectivity through the centre, but with an approachable and flexible attitude. By eliminating the need for long annual contracts and reducing setup costs, this allowed tenants to easily change services as their business grew and developed. What ensued was a very modern, secure, Ethernet fibre network around the entire centre, with backhaul being provided by a leading international carrier in the form of Telstra Networks, providing excellent resilience and fast internet speeds, which tenants at the centre had not experienced before.

Continuing works

Since improving internet services at St John’s Innovation Centre, Bridge Fibre has now moved to the Jeffreys building, 20 metres from St John’s, and is rolling out its network to surrounding areas including The Vitrum, Platinum and Jeffreys buildings.

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Bridge Fibre has an excellent understanding of our business and our tenants’ requirements. They have often been proactive in suggesting ways that we can improve and update our systems to ensure we retain a competitive edge as technology advances.

David Gill