Campaign to highlight poor mobile phone signal

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A CAMPAIGN is aiming to highlight areas of the country that have little or no mobile phone signal.

It has been launched by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and is backed by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

The business group is pushing for improvements to poor mobile coverage.

And companies and individuals in Coventry and Warwickshire are being urged to get on board and report issues and ‘not spot’ areas.

A recent survey by the BCC of over 1,400 companies, found that a fifth say the UK mobile phone network doesn’t meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “One of the issues raised with the Chamber by our members is digital and mobile connectivity.

“We are therefore right behind the BCC campaign and will be working with them and our members to help eliminate not spots in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.”

The campaign is part of the BCC’s wider call for a greater focus on ‘fixing the fundamentals’ of the UK business environment to remove barriers to growth.

Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A reliable mobile phone signal is one of the most basic requirements for any business, as more and more conversations and transactions take place while people are on the go.

“Unfortunately, dropped calls and poor signal remains an issue in many areas across the UK.

“From today, we’ll be campaigning for an end to mobile phone ‘not spots’ all across the UK, so that businesspeople can connect to customers, suppliers and staff – and so that local communicates can better connect, too.

“Our campaign will be constructive and focused on solutions. While we’ll press for investment and services improvements, we’ll work with mobile operators and all parties with a stake in getting this right across the UK. Working together, business, communities and operators can identify key gaps in coverage and find shared solutions to resolve the real-world connection problems many business communities face.

“Our message to all businesses is simple: share and report mobile not spots – so that together we can take action to improve reliable coverage for the future. The UK’s future prosperity depends on getting the fundamentals right here at home – and a push for reliable, dependable and consistently improving mobile connectivity is the perfect place to start.”

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “One of the issues raised with the Chamber by our members is digital and mobile connectivity.

“We are therefore right behind the BCC campaign and will be working with them and our members to help eliminate not spots in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.”