News: Small businesses to benefit from broadband scheme

Fiber opticThe government has announced the extension of a pilot scheme to help small businesses upgrade to super-fast broadband.

Small businesses across the UK will be able to apply for up to £3,000 from a £100m fund to cover initial setup costs of super-fast broadband services.

The scheme was launched in 12 cities this week and will be extended to 10 more cities early in 2014. It is hoped that giving small businesses better broadband will enable them to sell online, reach overseas markets and create more jobs.

John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Many of our members already use the internet for their business and recognise the value it can bring. Today’s announcement on further broadband investment is a step towards helping more of the UK’s small firms get better connected.”

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