Case Study – Telephone System

SIP

Airphone Install and Maintain new centralised telephone system enhancing communication between teams and offices and lowering cost of telephone calls

Challenge

An independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisors, Duncan & Toplis have ten offices across the East Midlands, supporting more than 12,000 clients.
Duncan & Toplis were encountering problems with their existing telephone system due to not having enough capacity to meet increasing team numbers. As they were using an existing telephone system that was over 20 years old, the decision was taken to upgrade. Duncan & Toplis had a clear brief with regard to the systems improvements they wanted. Ten separate phone systems were in place, creating a barrier to inter-office communication and clear, efficient working practices.

Objectives

• Amalgamating ten telephone systems into one centralised, cloud-based system
• Allowing team members to be able to directly log into any phone from any location
• Providing a scalable system that can be upgraded over time
• Granting full desktop, mobile and tablet integration

The Airphone Solution

Airphone drew on their Cisco expertise to advise a solution that met every objective. Airphone installed an integrated Cisco telephone system on a Cloud platform linking all ten Duncan & Toplis offices together. The solution incorporates features such as SIP and VOIP, free inter-office calls, video calls, desktop and Microsoft Outlook integration, instant handset PIN enabled sign-on across the business along with tablet and iPhone apps.
Airphone provided group and one-to-one training to team members, as well as creating detailed training resources for all Duncan & Toplis’ team members available through Airphone’s online portal.

Result

The new system is now hosted on a cloud platform and is set up to automatically upgrade to the latest build, ensuring it is always up to date. Desktop, smartphone and tablet applications are also automatically kept up to date as part of the solution.
The new system directs all calls over Duncan & Toplis’ private network resulting in calls between offices being free. Due to the system being hosted on Airphone’s private cloud platform, D&T has been able to disconnect and decommission the dated BT connections at all offices. This has resulted in a substantial saving. External calls are routed via SIP which provides an extremely high quality call at a lower cost than traditional telephone connections.
With the system being centralised, all Duncan & Toplis team members are able to log onto any phone at any location within the business’ 10 offices. Voice and video calls can be made from the desktop PC or laptop to iPhones, smartphones and tablets. Team members can also view presence and status of other colleagues as well as initiating group chats and hotdesking.
Airphone provide support and maintenance of the system as well as providing ongoing reviews of any available upgrades as and when they become available.

 

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Samsung S6: The Android Phone Built for Business

Samsung Galaxy S6

Get your hands on the Android phones built for business from Airphone Telecom Solutions.
Make sure your business has the power and productivity it needs by equipping your employees with the Samsung S6 or S6 Edge today. These elegant, secure and modern smartphones are ready and waiting to work.

The most powerful processor on the market
The Samsung S6 is already the power force behind many businesses across the UK and beyond. Ensure you are able to push the boundaries and maximise your work-flow.

With its high speed processor your employees are able to work from anywhere and use business applications with ease.

Due to its speed the S6 is the perfect phone to take advantage of EE’s 4GEE double speed capability.

Wireless and superfast charging capabilities
Don’t let lack of battery get in the way of work. With just a 10 minute charge you’ll be able to benefit from 4 hours of battery life.

No boss likes hearing that a deadline was missed because your smartphone battery died. With the ultra-power saving mode on the S6 you can conserve power for when you need it most.

Finally, with the new wireless charging capabilities you can simply drop your device onto a charging pad for a quick burst of power.

Coveted by businesses and employees.
Every inch of the S6 & S6 Edge screams elegance and power. The impressive display is a major selling point for the Android handsets.

The 5.1 inch screen is the sharpest display on the market and the sleek curved edges allow for a clear viewing area.

The display on the Samsung S6 edge lights up with specific colours when you get calls and texts from your favourite contacts, ensuring you never miss a call from your most important business contacts.

You can get the Samsung S6 & S6 Edge from Airphone Telecom Solutions on a variety of EE tariffs. Call 01733 340034 or email sky@airphone.co.uk to join the thousands already enjoying these Samsung smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S6

Why Airphone?

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We look at value.
Others look at price, and that generally it means you’ll pay more in the long-term.

We think long term.
Others think short term, offering a price that will inevitably increase next year.

We ask ‘do you need it?’.
Others say ‘you’ll need this’ regardless of the impact on your business finances.

We address a full range of business communications options.
Others only address single aspects of business communications, on a small scale.

We speed things up.
Who else offers 99.9% UK Coverage over 3 super-fast 4G enabled mobile networks, High speed satellite broadband up to 22mbps and fibre broadband speeds up to 76mbps?

That’s why.
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Is it a Phone? Is it a Tablet? No, its a Phablet!

Phablet Definition

Phablet Definition

Remember the times you were desperate to be able to fit your phone into a swivel holder on your belt? Having a Nokia 1110 (250 Million units sold!) was all the fashion not too long ago—smaller and smaller phones. Not anymore.

Nokia 1110

Since those days, phones have gotten bigger and bigger, not smaller. The trend lines started to reverse with the Motorola Razr, which represented the pinnacle of thin, telephonic-style accessories that could be waved around a nightclub like chunky gold jewellery.

Motorola RAZR

Smartphones have become so smart and screens so vibrant that, today, you want as big of a phone as you can handle. With that in mind, here’s our view of the best large-screen phones available right now. You’ll notice that we haven’t numbered the handsets in order as we have been in disagreement here at Airphone Headquarters for days over which phone tops the list so we’ve given them all a fair spot, you’ll have to decide for yourself:

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are both one-of-a-kind phones, to say the least. Both cram an industry leading 577ppi (pixels-per-inch) into their 5.1-inch screens (for a 2560×1440 resolution, if you’re counting), which allows for unparalleled clarity when watching movies, flipping through pictures, or reading an e-book—even at a distance.

The S6 edge’s dual-edged display, gently curving over each side of the phone’s body, will make heads turn. Beyond looking elegant, the side screen also displays your top contacts and notifications, as well as becoming the coolest alarm clock you’ve ever seen when you turn on Night Mode.

What makes it standout: The curved display, naturally—and the phone’s crazily high-pixel density and performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 is no goof, either. It’s the same phone as the S6 edge, minus that curved screen, giving it a more classic look—and a different feel in the hand — which some people might prefer. It also has a slightly lower price tag. In the end, though, both models pack a punch performance-wise, and with new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (on the back AND the front) and metal bodies, they’re the best looking Galaxy S phones ever.

What makes it standout: It’s classic look, and the same magical high-pixel density and performance found in the S6 edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Behind the scenes, there’s a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via memory card, as we’ve already said).

The Lumia 640 XL sports a very large 3000mAh battery and an Adreno 305 GPU powering its 720 x 1280 pixel screen. There’s a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front.

If you’re on a budget and you want a big phablet-style handset, then give the Lumia 640 XL some serious consideration.

What makes it standout: A massive battery that provides ultra-long life: up to 30 hours of heavy use with days and days of standby. And not forgetting, as with every other Windows Phone 8.1 device out there, Microsoft is promising a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile when the time comes, so you’re not limiting yourself to outdated software.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is the probably the best looking phablet around. Its specs don’t match the Android power houses and it can be tricky to hold, but there’s no denying Apple’s beautiful (yet expensive) 5.5 incher is a true contender for number 1.

It’s the first iPhone to pack a full HD display and its bigger body means it houses a larger battery than its 4.7-inch brother. With an A8 64-bit processor, 1GB of RAM, M8 motion coprocessor and an 8MP rear facing camera this iPhone could easily be taken as reference for Apple’s future of iPhone. The camera on the iPhone 6 Plus even benefits from OIS (optical image stabilisation).

What makes it standout: The iPhone 6 Plus brings together excellently Apple’s tried and tested design, craftsmanship and interface into the larger form factor – providing the perfect smartphone for those who require a bigger display while also revelling in the simplicity and intuition that an Apple handset continues to bring.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs all the power that comes with Galaxy technology and the S Pen, not to mention an eye-catching huge 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. Pair the Note 4 with the perfect counterpart, one of the Samsung Galaxy Gear wearables, and you’ve got even more screen to use.

What makes it standout: The S Pen. It gives you tremendously accurate command over that massive screen, so you can make pinpoint photo edits, take notes or drag and move multiple windows. When you’re done, it slips discreetly into its own case within the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Well that’s our view, what’s yours? Please feel free to comment if you think we’ve missed one of the stand-out Phablets and we will make sure to do a review on it next time around!

In the meantime, if you’re looking to upgrade your Nokia 1110 give Airphone a call on 01733 340034 and take a step into the future with our wide range of handsets.

The best network for using your phone abroad?

At Airphone we constantly pick up the phone to customers saying “I’m flying to Italy tomorrow, I need some help with roaming”, and instead of dreaming about laying on a beach sipping cocktails, we find our customers the best roaming solutions based on their needs and their travel plans, Airphone Telecom Solutions are dedicated to saving our customers’ money wherever they may be in the world!

That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to roaming charges on the top 3 networks – so that you can see for yourself…

 O2

O2 offers a range of bolt-ons to help ease your roaming woes. As with most other networks, there’s a European travel provision called O2 Travel. This lets you use your phone in most of Europe without worrying about huge bills. It grants unlimited data for a small fee per day. As you’ll have noticed, O2 makes no free provision for calls and texts. Making calls under O2 Travel costs you an initial connection charge, and that’s it – as long as your call lasts under an hour. Texts cost 4.8p and media messages cost 25p. O2 Travel is available as an add-on to your package on monthly contracts.

Vodafone

Vodafone’s roaming offering is probably one of the simplest. There are two packages to choose from: the Vodafone EuroTraveller and the Vodafone WorldTraveller. Vodafone EuroTraveller lets you take your UK minutes, texts and data with you throughout most of Europe for a daily fee. The only exceptions are a half-dozen Eastern European destinations. 

Vodafone WorldTraveller works in exactly the same way for destinations outside of Europe, for a greater daily charge. It includes the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Egypt, among others.

EE

The UK’s biggest network offers inclusive texts and minutes throughout most of Europe as part of a 4GEE Extra plan. Data needs to be purchased as an add-on. However, you can then make calls and send texts from and to countries included in the plan at no extra cost. When it comes to data add-ons, you’ll be offered the options as soon as you land at your destination and open your web browser (with data roaming switched on).

Euro data add-ons are available for 50MB or 100MB in a single day. There are also packages that offer more data over a seven-day period.

It’s also possible to buy a Talk and Text add-on that grants you unlimited calls and texts in Europe for a small fee per day.

EE’s Euro Pass is another handy addtition, giving users unlimited texts and calls plus 100MB of 4G data per day. You’ll have another 400MB available too, but that will be just 3G. To get the Euro Pass  you’ll need to text EUROPASS or EURODATA to 150. The charge will be added to your monthly bill automatically.

holiday cocktail

If you’re a frequent flier, think of Airphone as your holiday partner, we can ensure that you don’t come home to a shocking bill for using your phone whilst you’re abroad! Call one of our specialists on 01733 340034 for a quick quote.

 

The Best Smartphones of 2015!

LG G Flex 2

Its August and 2015 is already proving to be a great year for smartphones. Here we round up some of the best new phones that have or are soon to be announced in 2015, including the best new Samsung phones, best new Sony phones, best new HTC phones, best new LG phones, best new Google phones, best new Apple iPhones, best new Windows Phones, best new Huawei phones and more…

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Everyone always bangs on about Samsung’s Galaxy S line-up, but it’s the Note series that really impresses. The Note 4 was unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event prior to September’s IFA tradeshow (3 September 2014), and right now sits at the top of the fastest smartphone and best phablet charts. Traditionally Samsung’s Note launches are held at IFA in September, but rumours suggest we might see the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 as early as mid-August to give it a head-start on the new iPhones. We’re told that invites have just gone out for a New York Unpacked event on 13 August.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 5

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

A second version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 launched alongside the standard S6 at MWC. It follows the trend set by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, but with two curved screen edges rather than one and a marginally higher-capacity battery than is found in the S6. In other respects the specs are in line with the standard S6, but expect to pay a premium for that fancy screen. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge went on sale in the UK on 10 April 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

HTC One M9

We are massive fans of the HTC One M8, and the HTC One M9 is even better. Although HTC has kept the full-HD screen rather than the quad-HD screens seen in the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the HTC One M9 is a very attractive phone with some impressive performance. The phone went on sale in the UK on 31 March 2015 and it’s been priced cheaper than its rival the Samsung Galaxy S6.

HTC One M9
HTC One M9

 

Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 max

Huawei’s latest flagship has a gorgeous unibody metal design that’s stylish enough to rival HTC and Apple, yet it undercuts the price of those smartphones. There is a standard 5.2in Huawei P8, or a huge 6.8in Huawei P8 max. The phone and phablet went on sale in the UK in April, with a worldwide launch on 15th May 2015.

 

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Let’s not forget Apple’s other smartphone – the massive iPhone 6 Plus is also due a refresh this September. We’re not expecting any major changes to the design (although the iPhone 6S Plus should be more durable – we haven’t forgotten Bendgate), with the key improvements geared for speed. There will likely be an Apple A9 chip inside, paired with an M9 motion co-processor. Don’t be surprised to find Apple Watch-style wireless charging and a larger-capacity battery, plus an upgraded camera – possibly to 12MP.

 

LG G4

LG is calling the LG G4 the ‘most ambitious smartphone yet’, which is focused on delivering ‘comfortable elegance, a great visual experience and a human-centric user experience’. We strongly believe that the LG G3 was the very best phone you could buy in 2014, and things just get better with the LG G4 – although opinion is divided ate Airphone HQ on that leather case (also available in ceramic versions). Key specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.5in Quad HD IPS Quantum display, 32GB of storage (with microSD support) and a 3000mAh removable battery. The LG G4 was unveiled at a press event on 28 April, and went on sale on 28 May.

LG G4
LG G4

Microsoft Lumia 940 & Lumia 940 XL

Part of the reason we’re so excited about the upcoming Microsoft Lumia 940 and 940 XL is that they will be among the first handsets to run full Windows 10 – Microsoft is to finally tackle the Windows Phone apps problem by running one OS across phones, tablets, PCs and laptops. The Lumia 940 has the beefiest spec of any Windows Phone we’ve seen too, and the XL is a larger version with a 5.7in screen.

Microsoft Lumia 940 XL
Microsoft Lumia 940 XL

Samsung Galaxy S6

If you’re a Samsung fan but would rather stick to a phone than a phablet then the Samsung Galaxy S6 is just what you’re looking for. With Samsung finally answering build-quality criticisms, it follows in the trend of the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 with a metal and glass body. There’s also a quad-HD screen, plus plenty of other radical new features, including a super-fast Samsung Exynos processor (paired with 3GB of RAM), and a redesigned fingerprint scanner that works a lot more like Apple’s Touch ID and, you know, actually works. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event on 1 March 2015, and went on sale on 10 April 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6

 

Apple iPhone 6s / Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in September 2014, and in the months leading up to that the rumour mill went mental. Be prepared for more of the same with the iPhone 7, which will launch in September 2015 running iOS 9. As always, we’re expecting a faster processor and some upgraded specs, but little change to the design. (Note that it will probably be called the iPhone 6s rather than iPhone 7, but we’re sticking with iPhone 7 for now.)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus
Rumour has it larger versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are on their way, and could be here within the next couple of weeks – Samsung’s holding an Unpacked event on 13 August, and it’s definitely got something big up its sleeve. The S6 Plus and S6 Edge Plus are expected to go on sale on Friday 21 August.

 

Sony Xperia Z3+

After all the rumours that the Sony Xperia Z4 would be delayed until September, the Z4 was recently unveiled in Japan. The Z4 won’t come to the UK, but in late May Sony announced its Sony Xperia Z3+ over here. The UK version of the Z4, the Z3+ is almost identical. In essence, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is a slightly slimmed down and much faster version of the Z3, with performance we expect to fall in line with the HTC One M9. The Z3+ went on sale in the UK in June.

Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3+

LG G Flex 2

The G4 and G4 Note aren’t LG’s only exciting new smartphones for 2015. At CES 2015 it unveiled the LG G Flex 2, a curved-screen handset. The G Flex 2 is a 5.5in-screen smartphone with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chip, and it features self-healing technology.

LG G Flex 2
LG G Flex 2

Asus Zenfone 2

This powerful phone has a staggering 4GB of RAM and a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor. For storage, 32GB is fitted, and you can get more through microSD compatibility. There’s 4G LTE support, a 5.5in full-HD IPS screen, and 13Mp rear- and 5Mp front cameras. The stylish brushed-metal case is just 3.9mm thick at the edges. Running the fully customisable ZenUI software, the Zenfone 2 also has Trend Micro security preinstalled.

Asus Zenfone 2
Asus Zenfone 2

Google Nexus 5 2015

The new Nexus phone for 2015 is hotly tipped to be another Nexus 5, made by Huawei. That can mean only one thing – Google’s going back to its high-end specs, mid-range price business model. With Huawei we could also see the first dual-SIM Nexus phone, finally bringing dual-SIM functionality into the mainstream in the UK. One thing is for sure, the New Nexus 5 2015 will be the first device to run Android M, the latest Google OS that we heard more details on during May’s Google I/O.

Google Nexus 5 2015
Google Nexus 5 2015

LG G4 Note

Rumour has it LG has an even bigger and better flagship than the G4 planned for 2015. The LG G4 Note, if it materialises, will be a metal-chassis phablet with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip and a massive 4GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung has confirmed its Samsung Galaxy A7, a gorgeous phablet with a 6.3mm unibody metal chassis, a 5.5in Super AMOLED screen and a 64-bit octa-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy A7 is not yet on sale on the UK, but will come in both single- and dual-SIM variants.

Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung Galaxy S6 mini

A Samsung Galaxy flagship launch is traditionally followed by several variants, most importantly a compact version, but we’ve also seen variants that offer, for example, improved cameras or more rugged designs. The Samsung Galaxy S6 mini is likely to be a more compact version of its bigger brother with a slightly slimmed down spec. We expect to see a 4.7in full-HD screen, a slower-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, perhaps 2GB of RAM and 16- and 5Mp cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S6 mini
Samsung Galaxy S6 mini

 

So you’re probably thinking “I want one now”

All you have to do to get your hands on one of the best smartphones of 2015 (so far) is call Airphone on 01733 340034 for a quick quote for your business mobiles.

A Butcher, A Baker, A Candlestick-Maker? Small Business Value Explained

If you’re running a small business, chances are you that have an interest in saving your business’ money rather than squandering it on unnecessary items and paying more for your services than you need to.

Airphone Telecom Solutions have developed special relationships with small businesses and our drive is rooted in helping local business owners succeed. Unlike large companies, most small businesses can’t scale effectively; they also have to take on a range of responsibilities, from accounting and human resources, to operations and marketing.

“They just have smaller budgets than bigger companies. In general, they are going to buy the best thing they can afford. If they can’t afford it, then they just can’t afford it, but it’s not because they want to buy the cheapest thing. They want value. They shop carefully. They want something that’s going to endure.” – Naumi Haque, Research Director at CEB

In fact, when deciding which telecommunications supplier to place their contract with, price tends to account for just over a quarter of the final decision for Small Businesses.

We know that switching to a new product or service takes time — and time is something most small business owners have little of. That’s why at Airphone we make it our job to ensure that your connection is seamless, you will have a dedicated account manager whom you can call at any time, something that our clients can’t recommend us enough for!

“We have been with Airphone Solutions for two years and have always found them very helpful.  It is nice to be able to pick up the telephone and always speak to the same person.” – Andy Howett – Administrator at D&T

Small business owners don’t want to waste time and revisit decisions. They don’t want to have to think about it again. They want to buy once. They want it to last. They understand the lifetime value of products and Airphone understand the needs of your small business, whether you are an entrepreneur, freelance photographer, graphic designer, property investor, artist or a small business owner, we treat you as an individual and make sure that we take full ownership of your needs and save your business money whilst delivering a great value service.

Get a free health check for your small business telecoms now by calling one of our experienced specialists on 01733 340034

Welcome to the new Airphone Website!

New Website!

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After a few months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.

We wanted a new website to better collaborate with our valued customers, sharing our products, services and perspective on key industry issues in our new News page.

The news blog will be kept up to date by our Business Development Manager, Sky Vincent, and will include news on products, services and current affairs and subjects affecting businesses.

We hope you like the fresh new look to the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily.

We are continuing to update our website with useful information about our products and services along with useful information for businesses looking to improve their telecommunications, so please do check back with us for updates.

 

We value your opinion

Please feel free to contact us to let us know what you think of our new website – all comments and feedback are welcome. Please also let us know if you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions.
Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you!

How to Boost the Economy by Buying Local

Buy Local

Buy Local
Buying close to home may be more than a feel-good, we delve into how sourcing locally can grow the local economy. A number of researchers and organisations are taking a closer look at how money flows, and what they’re finding shows the insightful economic impact of keeping your dough in town—and how the fate of many communities around the UK and the world progressively depend on it.

At the most basic level, when you buy local more money stays in the community. The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think-tank based in London, compared what happens when people buy produce at a supermarket vs. a local farmer’s market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program and found that twice the money stayed in the community when people bought locally. “That means those purchases are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive,” says author and NEF researcher David Boyle.

Undeniably, many local economies are suffering not because too little cash comes in, but as a result of what happens to that money. “Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going,” he says, noting that when money is spent elsewhere—at big supermarkets, non-locally owned utilities and other services such as on-line retailers—”it flows out, like a wound.” By shopping at the corner shop instead of a giant supermarket, consumers keep their communities from becoming what the NEF calls “ghost towns” (areas devoid of neighbourhood shops and services) or “clone towns”, where Main Street now looks like every other High Street with the same fast-food and retail chains.

The point is not that communities should abruptly seek to be self-sufficient in all ways, but rather, says Boyle, “to shift the balance. Can you produce more locally? Of course you can if the raw materials are there, and the raw materials are often human beings.”

And what about the higher cost of local goods and services? After all, most superstores got to be so big because their prices are low. Susan Witt says that the difference falls away once you consider the increase in local employment as well as the relationships that grow when people buy from people they know. (Plus, one could argue, lower transportation, and therefore conservational, costs, and you know what you’re getting—which as we’ve recently seen with alleged contamination in toys and other products from Chinese manufacturers, can be a concern.)

There’s also the matter of local/regional flexibility. Says Witt: “While now we’re largely a service-providing nation, we’re still just a generation away from being a nation of producers. The question is: what economic framework will help us reclaim those skills and that potential.” Say, for example, the exchange rates change or the price of oil rises so that foreign-made goods are no longer cheap to import. We could find ourselves particularly stuck because domestic manufacturing is no longer set up to make all these products. While no community functions in isolation, supporting local trade helps “recreate the diversity of small businesses that are flexible and can adjust” to changing needs and market conditions, says Witt.

Another argument for buying locally is that it enhances the “velocity” of money, or circulation speed, in the area. The idea is that if currency circulates more rapidly, the money passes through more hands—and more people have had the value of the money and what it has purchased for them. “If you’re buying local and not at a chain or branch store, chances are that store is not making a huge profit,” says David Morris, Vice President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a non-profit economic research and development organisation. “That means more goes into input costs—supplies and upkeep, printing, advertising, paying employees—which puts that money right back in the community.”

As the nation continues to limp through the recession, many towns and cities are hurting but we can change that by sourcing locally – Support your local businesses and in turn they will support your community.

Airphone Telecom Solutions strongly believe in investing in the local community with office equipment, resources and services sourced directly from Peterborough and the surrounding areas.

If you aspire to support Peterborough’s economy by procuring your business’ telephony and broadband requirements from Airphone Telecom Solutions, call a dedicated local team member on 01733 34 00 34!