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SMEs Receive Grants Through Superconnected Cities Scheme

Programme Provides Over 14,000 SMEs With Broadband Funding


The government's Superconnected Cities programme has provided more than 14,000 SMEs with broadband grants, new figures have announced.
Under the scheme, SMEs can receive financial support of up to £3,000 each to assist with broadband installation costs. Multiple companies are also able to apply for group funding to connect larger business premises.
The programme aims to help the UK's leading cities develop their digital infrastructure in order to remain competitive on a global scale. Free public Wi-Fi in over 1,000 buildings across the UK, as well as on buses, trams and trains, has also been provided.
The broadband grant portion of the scheme was scheduled to finish on 31 March 2015, but has proved so popular that it has been extended to an additional 28 cities.
Sajid Javid, Culture Secretary, said: "It's vital that our cities have the digital infrastructure like super-fast broadband and Wi-Fi in place to deal with the demands of the digital age.
"Our investment has delivered a welcome boost to the local economies, and is all part of our long term economic plan."

Expert Opinion
"Online services and platforms are vital to a huge number of businesses, but SMEs in particular benefit as they offer them the chance to level the playing field with larger competitors.

"As such, it is welcome to see so many small businesses seeking this support to ensure they have the digital tools available to them to remain competitive.

"We would urge more SMEs to consider the benefits, but also encourage them to speak to legal advisors to ensure their IT infrastructure is in a strong position and complies with key regulations on data protection and security in particular."
Fergal Dowling, Partner

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