UK govt provides SMEs with super fast internet speeds

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visited Cardiff’s new digital hub to highlight the major funding the UK government is providing to small businesses so they can access super fast internet speeds.

Minister Crabb will see Cardiff Council’s ‘Digital Demonstrator Hub’ in County Hall – the first of its kind in Wales.

The hub supports the council’s connection voucher scheme – provided by the UK government – which will see vouchers worth up to £3,000 made available for small and medium sized businesses to cover the costs of installing better quality high speed broadband.

The hub showcases the latest in high-spec technology including 3D printers, touch screen tables and conferencing facilities and means businesses can get hands-on experience of how they can benefit from new technology and equipment made possible by super fast broadband.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Minister Crabb said: “I’m delighted to see that thanks to UK government funding more small businesses than ever before in Cardiff can now benefit from ultra fast internet speeds, giving them access to the very latest technology to attract more customers and drive growth.

This has been made possible through the £150million we have invested in super-connected cities across the UK – including £10.2million for Cardiff. Newport has also been awarded funds and both cities are investing the money to update their digital infrastructure and pay for business broadband connection vouchers.

“This investment will enable Cardiff and Newport to compete with the world’s top digital cities and gives them a critical competitive edge in the global race.”

Small businesses are encouraged to apply for broadband connection vouchers so they can take advantage of the benefits that superfast broadband brings.

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