H20 Networks Ltd., based in St Asaph, has outperformed hundreds of hopeful new businesses to reach the regional finals of the 2007 HSBC Star-Up Stars Awards.


The national contest, now in its seventh year, is designed to seek out the most promising new businesses in the UK and to recognise the entrepreneurs behind them.


H20 Networks, started two and a half years ago, is now hoping to clinch one of the top titles and take a share of the Awards’ prizes, worth £85,000.


‘Using the past to connect the future’ should be the maxim for H20 Networks Ltd, which is using a mix of 19th century and 21st century technologies to build up its business. There’s no stopping the growth of this innovative business and plans are in place to promote its offering throughout the UK and expand internationally.


The St Asaph based company, has pioneered and developed its unique FS Focus (fibre optic cable underground sewer) System to set up IT and telecoms networks with virtually unlimited bandwidth in the UK’s 360,000 miles of sewers.


The FS Focus System offers a fast and cost-effective way to lay fibre optic cable and link up any location without the high costs and disruption caused by traditional cabling methods.


But the revolutionary aspect of FS Focus is the way it’s installed. Traditionally, deploying cable would mean digging up roads, which is time consuming, expensive, harmful to the environment and a pain in the neck for local residents and businesses.


By using the existing sewerage system, H20 Networks have cracked the problem, laying cable quickly and efficiently with minimal surface impact.


Launched in January 2005, the business has gone from strength to strength, forging agreements with the water companies and winning a number of high profile clients including two universities and a borough council.


The company promises to use the past to connect the future. The technology is proven and will revolutionise businesses and communities everywhere including internationally, with enquiries already coming in from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North America and Europe.


H20 Networks is one of 20 companies to secure a place in the West, Wales and Northern Ireland regional finals of the 2007 Start-Up Stars Awards. Their entry will now be considered by a panel of local business experts who will select 10 top new businesses to represent Wales in the national judging session.

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