Eagle-eyed baristas ensure South East England’s Costa franchise signs up to ‘safe WiFi’ pledge

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.

Jade Colfer-Coleman, new stores manager for 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.