Freerunner help South East England’s Costa Franchise deliver ‘Safe Wifi”

Restaurant Tech Live blog post 1

THE UK’s largest Costa Coffee franchise has been awarded a government-recognised certification that proves its network is filtered for “adult content” - after eagle-eyed staff spotted a hike in the number of young people using smartphones in-store. 

Goldex Investments, which runs 65 coffee shops across Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, signed up to Friendly WiFi to reassure the community their WiFi provider, Freerunner, had the right filtering in place.

Goldex Investments said “Although we take pride in the fact our WiFi always had the right filters, when our managers told us more schoolchildren were using their smartphones in-store, the decision to become Friendly WiFi approved was the obvious next step”.

“We have a lot of families using our cafes in the communities we serve. Our first concern was to reassure them that the WiFi their children were using was safe. Our customers love using our free WiFi, and now they can do that safe in the knowledge inappropriate content is blocked.”

Where the Friendly WiFi symbol is displayed the WiFi is filtered for pornography, images of child abuse or links to such material.

WiFi provider Freerunner’s managing director Chris Kent said: “We’re delighted to support Goldex in bringing this accreditation further into the high street, and hope one day it becomes the standard and benchmark for public WiFi.”

Friendly WiFi director Bev Smith said: “Goldex is one of the UK’s leading Costa franchises so it’s brilliant to see them ensuring their entire community knows that their young people can enjoy safe and filtered WiFi.”

As part of our commitment to this extremely important scheme Freerunner will be giving Friendly WiFi as standard to any new customers who sign up with us from the Restaurant Tech Live Show. 

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