Villiers Welcomes Government's Broadband Funding Boost For Small Businesses In Belfast

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland today welcomed the announcement of £100m broadband funding boost for small businesses in 22 UK cities

Published on 07 December 2013

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by The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP


London, England

Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office

From today, small businesses in Belfast will be able to benefit from a £100m pot of money to connect them to better quality, high speed broadband. The broadband connection voucher scheme, launched by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, will then be extended to 12 other cities around the UK in early 2014.

Alongside Belfast, 9 other cities across the UK are eligible as of today: Salford, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Derby, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newport, London and Manchester.

The scheme is a core part of the transformation of broadband the government is rolling out across the country. The funding comes from the £150 million “Super Connected Cities” programme and will help deliver the government’s ambition to make the UK the best place in Europe to do business.

The scheme will allow businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband, allowing them to offer customers faster service and increased reliability. It will benefit small and medium enterprise businesses (SMEs), and help Belfast attract new jobs and investment.

Reliable connectivity not only gives customers confidence, but will help businesses make efficiencies such as cutting hours of travel time with instantaneous Skype meetings.

Commenting on the roll out of the Voucher Scheme, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP said:

"This is a great opportunity for Belfast businesses to improve their broadband connection and so benefit from all the advantages it brings in growing business in the global market place. Northern Ireland was the first region in Europe to have 100% access to broadband and this initiative will help ensure SMEs across the city to utilise it to the maximum extent possible.

"I strongly urge businesses to make the most of this offer which will save them thousands of pounds, help generate thousands more, and ensure they are properly equipped to compete in today’s digital age."




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Posted 2013-12-07 15:17:00