Stockton companies join forces in £ 2.5million broadband rollout deal
TWO successful family-owned businesses from the North East have joined forces in a £ 2.5million deal to advance the deployment of super-fast broadband in the region.
Stockton’s telecommunications services company MAP Group (UK) is embarking on a multibillion pound program to install fiber optic networks across the UK.
Advanced Vehicle Leasing (AVL), based in the Riverside Park industrial area of Middlesbrough, was selected to provide a fleet of 100 vehicles for use by Map Group engineers working on the northeast phase of the project.
Both companies are managed by father-son associations. Advanced Vehicle Leasing was founded by Stuart Beagrie in 1997 and his fellow director is his son, Clarke. Map Group was started in 1993 by CEO Mike Carlin, whose son, Matty, is a director.
Clarke Beagrie said, “This is clearly an extremely important project for the economy of the North East, and we are delighted to be playing our part in supporting Map Group in the deployment.
“We’ve been providing vehicles to Map Group for the past three years, and it’s an exceptional company, so it’s great to expand our relationship in such a meaningful way.”
Mike Carlin added, “The deployment of super high speed is going to make a huge difference in the economy of the North East, so we had to work with a company that we really trust. We must know about AVL over the past few years, they are very honest and easy to manage, and we won’t go anywhere else.
The 100 vehicles affected by the lease agreement are primarily vans, but the agreement also includes cars and vans.
Map Group is based at Preston Farm and employs approximately 1,000 highly skilled engineers. Its fiber optic deployment partners include City Fiber, BT Open Reach, Virgin Media, Netomnia, Gigaclear and toob.
Mike has said he expects his business to double over the next year, with expected revenue of £ 90million, as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In recent years, the government has planned to roll out a full fiber optic network across the country, but the pandemic has placed more emphasis on what is needed due to the impact of people working from home,” did he declare.
In the Northeast alone, the program involves Map Group bringing super-fast broadband to hundreds of thousands of homes.
Despite the global economic challenges associated with the foreclosure, AVL – a leading provider of contract vehicle rental and leasing – has also been busy throughout the past year, creating three additional jobs to keep pace with Requirement.
“When the first foreclosure started in March, we had a period where we were operating at 10% of normal levels, but business started to pick up from around May. It just got better and better and we closed 2020 with record numbers, ”Clarke said.
“The demand for corporate vehicles is still there, and people with more disposable income to spend by being locked out are looking more than ever for a new car.
“We really appreciate our relationship with The Map Group and sincerely wish them continued success in their new ventures.”