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Grants to bring Broadband to local businesses

Government grants of up to £3000 to install superfast broadband have been extended to cover businesses in all CB postcodes, including towns and villages in parts of Suffolk and North-West Essex.

More than 4000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the CB8, CB9, CB10 and CB11 postcode areas including business parks and home-based businesses are now eligible to apply for connection vouchers to boost their digital connectivity.

The Connection Voucher scheme provides funding of between £100 and £3000 to pay for the installation of superfast broadband to offices and is available to businesses with fewer than 250 employees, sole traders and charities.

The scheme is being run by Connecting Cambridgeshire’s successful Destination Digital support project, led by Cambridgeshire County Council.

County Councillor Mathew Shuter, Business Champion for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee, said: “I am delighted that more businesses on the Cambridgeshire borders can now benefit from Connection Vouchers to help improve their broadband connectivity, which is vital so that they can grow and compete in a digital world.”

Nic Rumsey, director of Jaynic, the developer of Haverhill Research Park, said: “This will hugely benefit the town and Haverhill Research Park, which has the potential to attract businesses employing up to a total of 3,000 people.”

Businesses can find out if they are eligible and apply online at www.destinationdigital.info/vouchers.

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