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A SCHEME has helped more than 100 businesses afford the cost of broadband.

The connection voucher programme which is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and run by Portsmouth City Council covers the upfront costs of broadband installation of up to £3,000.

Cllr Lee Mason

Cllr Lee Mason

Councillor Lee Mason, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for resources, said: ‘It is great news that we have now reached the milestone of 100 applications to benefit from this scheme and we want to get as many local enterprises as possible connected.

‘Business shouldn’t miss out on the chance to upgrade save up to £3,000.’

High-speed, high-grade broadband can help businesses to operate more efficiently with practical benefits including transferring large files quickly plus remote working, all helping to increase productivity and make businesses more competitive.

The scheme has helped all types of businesses from start-ups to professional services, charities and social enterprises in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant.

The Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth was the first charitable organisation to sign up for the grant scheme.

General manager John P Alderson said: ‘Nowadays most hotel guests, conference delegates and club users use at least one device that requires internet connections, with many having two or three devices.

‘We have to move with the times and we have to adapt, change and invest to ensure we can have a strong future.’

The club’s aims include providing reduced-rate accommodation for all those who serve or are ex-members of the armed forces and seafarers plus organising respite family holidays for those who are in need or in distress.

‘We would not be making this advancement without the connection voucher scheme,’ said Mr Alderson.

Information on how to apply is at connectionvouchers.co.uk.