News / Roll your sleeves up and get stuff done

When it comes to writing content for this blog, there are so many stories we could be sharing. Lancashire is a place where people roll up their sleeves and get stuff done. 

Many of you will have heard of B4RN – they build Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTH) broadband networks in some of the most challenging rural areas. Based in Melling, Lancashire they are driven and built by local volunteers with invaluable support from landowners and farmers. With over 23000 shareholders, local communities have invested over £5m into B4RN since its creation in 2011 with any profits made going back into the community.

Watch Chris Conder’s TEDx talk.

Over the years we’ve increasingly seen the farming industry take advantage of the technologies available to them but we recognise there is still some way to go. One member, Milliamp Technologies based in Lancaster, have a particular interest in IoT [Internet of Things] used in rural areas, such as flood monitoring, animal tagging and remote security, and have some exciting plans in the pipeline.

IoT Animal Tagging

Dot McCarthy, a hill farmer in Helmshore, Lancashire and self-confessed tech lover not only has an education centre that focusses on teaching the importance of the countryside for food and wildlife but she also has a small team of developers working on her latest project, Farmer2Foodie – a tech startup that will make finding and buying from local food suppliers easier.  Follow their progress on Twitter.

You can find out more about Cronkshaw Fold Farm by clicking here. 

These are just 3 we’ve chosen to focus on but we know there are plenty of people and businesses using and creating technology to ‘get stuff done’ and we’d really like to hear your story. Get in touch by emailing


Roll your sleeves up and get stuff done