A West Midlands company is going through testing times – but for all the right reasons.
Microlease Calibration Services has won a major contract with another Coventry firm, Optilan Communications, to calibrate the test equipment used to install the fibre-optic cables which will power Coventry’s broadband and CCTV network.
It means that the company, based at Little Heath Industrial Estate in Coventry, will have a key role in providing many businesses across the city with the opportunity of wireless broadband.
The broadband network will help power more than 300 CCTV cameras and high-speed internet, in a project being delivered by the Coventry Best for Business (B4B).
Roger Randell, general manager of Microlease, said the opportunity to work with another city business had been a massive boost.
“We sat down with Optilan and tried to show that we could provide a better cost, better service and better location than competitors,” he said.
“Our relationship with them has gone very well so far. The broadband contract has worked positively and they know that if they need us for anything, they can have work with us within an hour rather than needing to travel miles away to an out-of-town company. It is very important for local businesses to support one another – and it makes practical sense to work with other firms in Coventry too.”
The Coventry branch of Microlease was formed in the fallout of the Marconi job losses in 2003. Roger approached the Microlease company headquarters in Harrow to suggest a new Midlands base – and 15 skilled jobs were saved. The broadband contract will give the firm an opportunity to create new jobs.
Coventry B4B’s David Hoare, who acts as a business area champion for Little Heath, said: “When I first met with Microlease, it was fantastic to hear how they had secured an important contract with another Coventry firm.
“One of our roles is to help Coventry businesses work closer with their neighbours, and Microlease is an example to other businesses of how to do that.
“We asked if we could help them with anything else – and, like many other companies on industrial estates in the area, business crime and security was a concern.
“As a result, and in conjunction with our plans to enhance security in Little Heath, we are installing 24/7 monitored CCTV cameras near their unit. Our 24/7 mobile security patrols will also visit the site at least four times daily.
“We will also be introducing them to other organisations, such as Coventry & Warwick Universities, where their services may prove to be invaluable.”