Government encourages Portsmouth firms to apply for broadband help

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PORTSMOUTH businesses have until March 2015 to apply for a government grant worth up to £3,000 to start reaping the business benefits of faster broadband speeds and better connectivity.

The scheme allows businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband.

Some businesses in Portsmouth have received grants, with many more currently going through the application process.

The grant, in the form of a voucher is part of the transformation of broadband the government is delivering across the country, helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment and make the UK the best place in the world to do business.

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘Renewed government effort has come just in time to ensure all businesses strive to be faster, better businesses with faster broadband and better connectivity.

‘Broadband is now one of the essential utilities supporting the growth of a business, so £3,000 for eligible firms should not be ignored. Whether you are a rural or inner city business, these free broadband vouchers are worth checking out.’

The Superconnected cities programme is running alongside the government’s rollout of superfast broadband to rural areas.

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