More than 1,100 Hull businesses benefit from government broadband scheme

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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More than 1,100 Hull businesses have benefited from a government scheme to improve their broadband connectivity.

The £40 million Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme was implemented to enable small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to connect to superfast broadband.

The scheme, which ended last month, provided businesses with grants of between £100 and £3,000 and more than 55,000 vouchers have been issued across the country since it was launched in December 2013.

Councillor Steven Bayes said: “Following the launch of the scheme in Hull we’ve had a great take-up as businesses across the city recognise the crucial role superfast broadband plays in order to help them compete in a digital age.

“Superfast Broadband opens up many more opportunities to SMEs and helps deliver increased economic benefits and growth in productivity.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Our Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme has been a tremendous success. More than 1,100 small businesses in Hull have taken up the offer, many of which are already seeing significant boosts to their business as a result of improved broadband speeds.

“We’re transforming the UK’s digital landscape, helping cities like Hull to create new jobs and attract investment to make the UK an enviable business destination.”

Are you an owner of a Hull business that has benefited from the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme? Email HEY Today to share you story.

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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