Preston and South Ribble businesses have been urged to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to boost their broadband.
One local business to already get their voucher is digital marketing agency, Bespoke.
Managing Director at Bespoke, Steve Brennan, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us because the internet, like with so many other businesses in the area, lies at the core of what we do. By boosting our broadband we’ll be able to deliver higher quality work for clients faster, getting them better results – helping both ourselves and our customers to grow their company online.”
The benefits to businesses of improved broadband connections include:
• Increasing profits by offering better services to more satisfied customers.
• Improving customers’ experience with quicker communication and faster file-sharing, thanks to greater upload and download speeds, especially for large files.
• Reducing software and hardware costs by helping businesses switch to online data storage solutions.
• Enhancing the way businesses communicate and collaborate through online video conference and cloud-based information sharing.
Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Peter Rankin, said: “Preston’s success is built on business, industry and commerce.Throughout our history Preston has always had the edge or competitive advantage.
“Three hundred years ago it was canals, 150 years later it was the railways and in the 20th Century it was motorways. Now, in this digital age it’s superfast broadband and internet access.
“Through this scheme we can bring high speed internet right to people’s offices and business premises, just like we have for Bespoke. It’s another boost for Preston that helps business to grow, flourish and also create jobs.”
Applying for a broadband grant is easy. All businesses have to do is enter their postcode at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk to check eligibility, choose a supplier and fill in an application form or pick an ‘off the shelf’ deal with no forms to fill in. Charities, not for profit organisations and commercial landlords can also apply.