Free town centre Wi-Fi in Staines
Hundreds of people have already registered to use Staines-upon-Thames free Wi-Fi service since it was introduced by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) this month.
The Wi-Fi can be used by anybody in the High Street area of town and will be instrumental in encouraging users – including residents, businesses and visitors – to browse the BID’s Visit Staines website giving details of what’s on in the town, including offers and promotions from retailers and businesses.
The BID was formed in April 2017 to promote Staines-upon-Thames as a vibrant business centre, bring in more visitors and improve the town for employees and residents.
The free wide bandwidth Wi-Fi, which is fully funded by the BID, is one of its key projects along with new events and attractions to boost footfall. To date this has included the Queen’s barge The Glorianna coming to Staines which attracted record numbers to the town and the Valuation Days planned for September.
With mobile internet now the dominant way of accessing the internet and public Wi-Fi increasingly becoming an integral component of forward-looking towns and cities across the UK, the BID board considered it a vital marketing tool for Staines-upon-Thames.
Staines-upon-Thames BID Chairman Steven Harvey at Oasis Estate Agents said: “We are delighted by the uptake of the service. Not only have residents and visitors taken advantage, but also businesses within the town have found it a valuable extension to their own internet connections. Market traders may also wish to use the WiFi and offer card payment facilities”.
To access the free Wi-Fi, visitors to the town centre simply look for the Wi-Fi name ‘Staines BID Free WiFi’ on their mobile phone, tablet or laptop. The Visit Staines website is available to view at www.visitstaines.co.uk
The BID partnered with The Elmsleigh and Two Rivers shopping centres to install phase 1 of the BID Wi-Fi in the High Street. Additional coverage will be rolled out during the BID term.