Re: Pity the poor rural business
Rural Tiddlers... Does that include the SME's round here that maintain the LNG processing plants and terminals and the oil refineries and the local power station (soon to be 2) that keep your lights on, your office warm and your car fuelled? Rural doesn't mean a village green with an exchange on it, nor are all SME's kitchen table start ups, in the same way as I'm sure not ALL urban dwellers have their heads up their arse... only some.
We have several SME heavy engineering firms locally in the petro-chem sector than need to be here (its where the customers are) that are pushed out of town by planning restrictions for industrial units, that only makes things more difficult, I know a couple of businesses that barely have broadband and are at the limit of the cabinets reach it is where the industrial zone was sited so they have little choice about location. Sometimes its a lot more complex than the average office droid can figure. Something in the region of 25% of the UK gas supply enters the network not 10 miles from where I am sitting. That network and plant needs upkeep, and its SME's that do the bulk of it.