Barclay Communications offers free telecoms support to pandemic-hit NI firms

Barclay Communications' founder and managing director, Britt Megahey.

THE north’s largest locally owned telecommunications provider has launched an initiative to offer support to Northern Ireland firms hit by a downturn in business as a result of the pandemic.

Barclay Communications said it will provide free telecoms solutions for 12 months to successful applicants with no obligation to continue with a contract when the period ends.

The company said the combined packages could be worth up to £250,000.

The Belfast-based telecoms company recorded its best ever year in 2020, with turnover up 33 per cent to £24 million.

It now handles more than 100,000 business connections.

Founder and managing director Britt Megahey said the company wants to support firms who through no fault of their own during the pandemic.

“We have been very privileged over the past year to have experienced our most successful period ever in our 25-year history but we are aware that many other businesses experienced the opposite,” he said.

“We recognise that those businesses, especially when furlough ends, and bounceback loans have to be repaid, will need every penny they have to thrive and invest in their business wisely. To help some of those in that challenging position we are offering to support their communication needs as they reconnect and resume business.”

The managing director said companies will be asked three questions: How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted your business; how much was spent on communication in 2019/20 during the pandemic; and how free telecoms services for 12 months would benefit your business.

Deadline for submissions is October 29.

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