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SMALL and medium businesses can apply for a grant to get better broadband.

Portsmouth City Council is offering small and medium enterprises grants of up to £3,000 to cover the costs of installing faster broadband.

The offer came after a recent survey by the council found 64 per cent of businesses in Portsmouth say that their current internet connection is not sufficient for their business needs.

Businesses across the city have confirmed they face difficulties caused by slow internet speeds.

Dr Brian Morris, managing director of Euronav, said: ‘We’ve been providing electronic charting and navigation products for the marine industry since the late 1980s.

‘Our products have moved on a lot since then but unfortunately our broadband connection hasn’t.’

Councillor Hugh Mason, cabinet member for resources, said: ‘We are committed to providing a supportive and dynamic environment to help businesses to accelerate their growth.’

Businesses can apply for the grant by visiting