City businesses get chance to hop on board superfast broadband scheme

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BUSINESSES in Leeds and Bradford are to benefit from a £10m share of the Government’s £100m “superconnected cities” programme, which is designed to boost productivity.

“Connection vouchers” worth up to £3,000 will be available through the programme to businesses in the two cities to cover the installation costs of upgrading to a superfast or business grade broadband connection.

The progamme is being launched in 22 cities nationwide during ‘Small Business Saturday’, an initiative to support smaller, independent businesses throughout the UK, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The broadband market is moving at an incredible pace. Today, businesses expect and demand faster and faster broadband to compete in the global race. Connection vouchers will be an important tool for cities in helping to address that demand, and Government has now allocated up to £100m to provide a digital boost to superconnected cities like Leeds and Bradford.”

Mark Goldstone, head of business representation at Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber said: “High speed broadband connections allow businesses to do things quicker and do things more efficiently.”

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