Top Barn Worcester


Top Barn Business Centre comprises over 50 small to medium commercial units let to a range of tenants from lighting and engineering firms to equestrian and craft retailers. The business centre forms a vital part of the family run Top Barn farming, commercial and social enterprise estate in Worcestershire.

Matt Baines, Business Centre Manager at Top Barn said: “We are often fully let at Top Barn Business Centre. It is a great environment for a small to medium size business; we have a great location, in the heart of beautiful rolling countryside but close to good transport links and just five miles from Worcester city centre; we are a well-managed site with good facilities and try to be flexible to accommodate our tenant’s needs.

The broadband connection was our biggest weakness, but Airband has provided the solution.

Everyone commends the close-knit, family environment that’s here. It’s not an anonymous business park by any stretch of the imagination; it’s friendly and supportive. So when we started to receive comments about the slow internet connection, we knew we needed to do something about it.

Top barn business centreThe problem is that we are on the extremity of the BT Broadband copper connection. It’s slow, around 2Mb speeds and there is a lot of buffering. If it’s just for sending and receiving emails then it’s more than adequate, but for file transfers or downloading of any size, then it struggles a lot and is quite frustrating. One tenant undertook a BT survey to improve their connection, but the cost to lay the cables will generate a bill of over £10,000, let alone the lead-time to actually carry out the work. Another tenant had enough and left which was a shame as Airband have resolved the issue.

Airband has been on board for about 10months now and were set up within a month of our initial meeting. They provide reliable speeds of up to 30Mbps. So now we offer tenants a choice – BT or Airband and to date, around 10 tenants have signed up to it. The broadband connection was our biggest weakness, but Airband has provided the solution.”