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Second hand furniture is upcycled in Cothrom’s ReStore workshop.

South Uist training and development organisation, Cothrom, has been awarded a BT grant to allow it to benefit from fast, fibre broadband.

Though the fibre broadband cable through Uist passes just metres away from their front door the body was unable to plug into network.


The social enterprise will receive a 75% per cent towards the installation costs under a BT scheme to subsidise places excluded from the current roll-out plans.


Cothrom’s manager Kirsty MacCormick said: “Fast, reliable broadband will make a big difference to our work.

“It will revolutionise what we do. We have 20 staff now and superfast broadband will make a huge difference to their day-to-day work.”

When linked up in October, Cothrom has plans to introduce new e-learning programmes while staff will be able to access online support.”

Over a full year the body is involved in teaching around 180 adult learners while the Gaelic nursery looks after 23 children.  

Broadband opportunity for social enterprise

30 January 2018