Minister is urging firms to sign up for scheme

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COMMUNICATIONS minister Ed Vaizey is urging small businesses to take advantage of financial help to get superfast broadband.

As reported in The News, a £2.2m voucher scheme for superfast fibre optic broadband in Portsmouth was officially launched on Saturday for smaller businesses and social enterprises.

As one of 22 Super Connected Cities, Portsmouth City Council secured funding for the project from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Super-Connected Cities programme.

Mr Vaizey said: ‘I have a simple message for small and medium-sized businesses in Portsmouth – there’s up to £3,000 waiting for you. Come and get it.

We are absolutely clear about how important good broadband is for businesses and the difference it can make.

It literally opens up a global market by giving firms the opportunity to sell products all over the world.’

See for details and to register interest. Applications are available after December 16.