Small business £100m boost to install fast broadband

Small businesses in 10 cities across the UK will be able to apply for grants to install high speed broadband as part of a £100 million scheme to boost growth and exports.

Small business offered grants for high speed broadband

The announcement of small business grants for high speed broadband coincides with the Small Business Saturday initiative promoting the firms Mr Cameron described as the "lifeblood of our economy".

Up to £3,000 of broadband vouchers for small business in these cities is not only a massive boost for growth in the UK, but also has the potential to bring China to Cardiff, Brazil to Bristol and the Emirates to Edinburgh in an increased export market.

To do that we are working on a complete overhaul of the UK's infrastructure; high speed broadband is a vital part of this. And on Small Business Saturday, what better way to support small businesses - the lifeblood of our economy - than to help kit them out for the 21st century.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Small business £100m boost to install fast broadband

Small businesses in 10 cities across the UK will be able to apply for grants to install high speed broadband as part of a £100 million scheme to boost growth and exports.

Small business can apply for grants. Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Firms in Belfast, Salford, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Derby, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newport, London and Manchester will be able to access grants worth up to £3,000 to improve their connections, with the scheme due to be extended to 12 more cities next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to give firms the ability to set up or locate anywhere in the UK.

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