Superfast boost for Lancashire firms

PLEASED: Dave McDonald

PLEASED: Dave McDonald

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An extra £3.8 m of government money for superfast broadband will help business start-ups and job creation in some of Lancashire’s hardest to reach rural areas.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced the nationwide rollout as a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing better access to superfast broadband.

Superfast Lancashire is already up and running in the county, with scores of businesses being given a helping hand with free workshops.

Local projects will now receive additional funding from a national £250m pot, with the hardest to reach locations amongst those who stand to benefit most.

This funding is in addition to the £1.2 bn already invested by central and local government and will ensure 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2017

The current rural programme will deliver returns of £20 for every £1 invested.

Poppy Signs in Chorley was among the first to sign up for superfast broadband.

Managing firector Dave McDonald said: “With fibre it’s instant – we’re not sitting here waiting for files to download.

“At the end of each day, files were set to download overnight ready for the following morning because there wasn’t enough bandwidth to do this during the working day.

“This often impacted production timescales.

“Poppy Signs upgraded to superfast broadband as soon as it became available and now downloading is so fast, no time is lost and the company is offering a better service to customers.

“Although we’re not spending any longer at our desks it’s like we have gained another half a day each week.”