Hughes Electrical has partnered with Suffolk Libraries to offer a new service to help customers get to grips with modern technology.
The retailer trialled the scheme at Halesworth library, which it supplied with a selection of tablets, as well as members of Hughes staff, to take part in workshops, where people could learn from experts on how tablet computers work and the benefits they can offer.
Customers also had the opportunity to borrow a tablet for up to three weeks free of charge.
After a successful trial, the scheme has now rolled out to 17 libraries across the county, with plans for more in the pipeline.
Said Helen Haynes (pictured right), information and content librarian for Suffolk Libraries: “We successfully trialled it at Halesworth library, where we partnered with Hughes Electrical, who provided a selection of tablets, together with members of staff to provide the necessary expertise. Following feedback from customers, we decided to just use iPads going forward as they were deemed to be the most easy to use.”
Hughes Smart Home general manager Ashley Shorey-Mills (pictured left) added: “We see it as another way we can offer an additional service to our customers who can get hands-on experience in using them. We have had special covers made to keep the devices in good condition.
“We are delighted to be working with Helen and her team to offer this scheme and it is very satisfying to be able to help people embrace the latest technology and see how easy it is. We keep it as simple as possible, but it can still have a very positive effect on their lives.”