Lucinda Winstanley has been appointed new business manager of Rymote, as the Durham engineering company steps up its efforts to bring ultrafast broadband to rural communities the length and breadth of the county.

Lucinda was previously wedding sales manager at Lumley Castle and her new role will still involve bringing people together – but this time whole communities rather than just happy couples.

Sunderland-born Lucinda, who is now based in Chester-le-Street, told Wear Business: “I’m excited about the job – we’re on a mission to improve the lives of people living in County Durham in an area where they struggle.

“Ultrafast broadband can be life-changing in terms of work and leisure opportunities and it is a privilege to have the job of getting the message out to countryside communities in County Durham that they can get it installed for free right now.

“It’s so important that County Durham and the North East do not get left behind when there’s this once in a generation chance to level up rural communities and give them 21stcentury technology through government funding.”

Rymote director Al Yong said: “We are absolutely delighted Lucinda will spearhead our drive to install ultrafast rural broadband across Wearside and County Durham while the government’s funding scheme is in place.

“It is a bit of a race against the clock for communities before the Government funding programme ends and as well as Lucinda’s business background, which will be a big asset to Rymote, she is an expert in seeing projects through from start to finish and making sure they hit their deadline effectively and efficiently.

“Lucinda will be part of Rymote’s long-term future but her immediate task will be making sure rural communities don’t miss out on this once-in-a-generation chance to have ultrafast broadband installed free of charge.”



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