Barnsley IT company gets Cannon Hall Farm online

11 January 2016

The satellite dish atop of Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre which is providing high-speed WiFi to the neighbouring Cannon Hall Farm.A Barnsley IT company has helped a busy farmyard visitor attraction get high speed WiFi through a specialist rooftop installation.

Praxsoft, who are based at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), has installed a device on top of its own offices at BBIC that beams a ‘line of sight’ radio transmission across to Cannon Hall Farm five miles away.

From there, an identical transmitter device on the roof of the farm receives the signal and provides the farm and its surroundings with high-speed WiFi.

The installation means Cannon Hall Farm, which had generally poor reception and internet coverage, now has a high speed internet connection available for free for all its visitors.

Families can now access the internet much easier, keep in touch and post images of their day-out on social media networks and so on. And the farm is even looking to use the stronger connection to live stream the birth of lambs and piglets on their website in future.

Praxsoft and Cannon Hall Farm have been supported to deliver this initiative by BBIC through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, which is funded by Barnsley Council.

Managing director of Praxsoft, Andy Chesterton, said: “When we first came up with the idea we didn’t think it would be possible.

“The logistics of getting a line of sight connection from BBIC at Wilthorpe in Barnsley to Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne seemed impossible. Both dishes have to be pointed directly at each other, and there’s a matter of millimetres in it.

“It’s been very much a three way project between us, Cannon Hall Farm and BBIC who allowed us to put the transmitter on the roof of the office complex. We couldn’t have done it without everyone involved.”

Robert Nicholson, owner of Cannon Hall Farm, said: “The issue with our internet connectivity has long been a problem and has always been something that we’ve looked to rectify.

“Thanks to the help from Praxsoft and BBIC, we can now supply a high speed internet connection for our thousands of families who visit us all year round.

“We know they appreciate this service and we’ve seen marked increase in traffic on both our Facebook and Twitter accounts since the installation.”

Praxsoft, which set-up in 1996, currently employs seven and has an eighth member of staff joining in the New Year. It specialises in both remote and on-site IT support, as well as the creation of bespoke software packages.

The company, which has worked with Cannon Hall Farm for many years, has also been given marketing support by BBIC. Praxsoft has seen year on year growth with turnover set to be up by 10 to 15 per cent this year.

Kevin Steel, Enterprising Barnsley’s business development manager at BBIC, said: “It’s great to see a specialist Barnsley IT business and a popular Barnsley visitor attraction working together to create an ingenious way to get thousands of visitors online.”

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows the rooftop installation atop of BBIC.

If copyright needs to be given for the photograph, please credit Praxsoft.

For more information, please contact Richard Lees at Praxsoft on or 0845 373 6866.

For more information about the Enterprising Barnsley programme, funded by Barnsley Metropolitan Council and delivered by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), please contact Kevin Steel on tel: 01226 249590 or

BBIC is committed to assisting economic regeneration in the Barnsley borough. It aims to stimulate, promote and encourage the development of innovative technology and knowledge-based businesses in order to create jobs and economic growth.

BBIC’s programme of Enterprising Barnsley support is part of a wider Enterprising Barnsley programme, part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.

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