Zetland Hotel
Emily Bentley, Tony Snaith, Philip Christie, Joanne Christie, Lisa Gowler and Debbie Ingoldsby.
Rebecca Wayman

Middlesbrough hotel given major transformation with Tees Valley funding scheme

Middlesbrough’s Zetland Hotel has benefited from the Tees Valley Business Compass broadband voucher scheme.

The Zetland Hotel, located in Middlesbrough’s historic quarter, has utilised funds from Tees Valley Business Compass to bring the hotel up to date.

With the area set to become a ‘hub of activity’, with the likes of the King’s Cross direct link, it was essential that the hotel was brought into the 21st century.

Tony Snaith, Communicate Technology’s CEO, said: “We love getting involved in local projects and helping businesses in the area. It’s so important that businesses have the right internet connectivity to match users’ expectations.

“The Tees Valley Business Compass Broadband Voucher Scheme is brilliant, improving business broadband has never been so easy, it’s a simple process and accessible to so many. There really isn’t an excuse to not provide high-speed internet connectivity.”

The task had to ensure the Grade II listed building could be brought up to date to provide all the services the modern commuter expects.

Communicate PLC, based in Wynyard, provides, installs and maintains IT, Telecoms, Cloud-based services and Cyber Security products and services to businesses across the UK, were commissioned to deliver the specialist work.

Co-owner of The Zetland Hotel, Philip Christie said: “It’s been really exciting to renovate The Zetland Hotel, uncovering its architectural hidden gems.

“However, we knew that despite its historic importance, we needed to bring it bang up to date, and high speed connectivity was key. We engaged Communicate to plan, install and set up the technology into the building and provide Wi-Fi access points.

“We’re very excited for the future. There’s so much new development happening around us, with the Albert North development and the Middlesbrough to King’s Cross direct link.

“Communicate has ensured that we can satisfy modern expectations from our customers, by giving them the connectivity they need for their meetings.”

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, concluded: “This news couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re netting world-class, big-ticket events across Tees Valley which will help boost overnight stays, but we’re also shouting to investors, companies and executives that we’re a great place to do business.

“It’s fantastic that The Zetland Hotel has recognised that business travellers and visitors alike demand the best in high-speed connectivity and taken the initiative to do something about it.

“Business Compass’s Broadband Voucher scheme is another string to its bow and shows that whatever support our local firms need, they are more than capable of helping. I’d urge any local firms to make the most of this valuable scheme we’ve put together.”

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