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First business signs up to broadband voucher scheme

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The first business in Enfield has signed up to the Connection Voucher Scheme run by Enfield Council and the Greater London Authority which aims to bring better internet connectivity to companies in the borough.

Bridgman Quality Garden Furniture, the first business to receive a voucher in Enfield, will use the investment in superfast broadband to expand its domestic and international business.

Joint Managing Director, Howard Bridgman, said: “This is a real example of two authorities working closely together in the interest of business. I highly recommend other companies to contact Enfield Council broadband project team and apply for a grant to receive superfast Broadband as this will really make a big difference to your company.”

Small or medium–sized businesses and charities in Enfield are eligible to apply for vouchers worth between £250- £3,000 from the council to upgrade their broadband infrastructure under a £23.8 million scheme funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and delivered by Greater London Authority and London borough councils.

The Connection Voucher Scheme will benefit businesses in industrial estates and high streets by upgrading the speed and consistency of their broadband.

Businesses in Brimsdown had told Enfield Council that their existing internet providers had been unwilling or unable to upgrade their service and meet their business needs and that the lack of access to reliable quality broadband was holding back their businesses.

Enfield is one of six boroughs in London taking part in phase one of the voucher scheme, along with Croydon, Sutton, Westminster, Redbridge and the City of London.

The voucher scheme will launch across all 33 London boroughs in late March 2014.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Resources, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “This scheme shows our commitment to helping businesses grow. Good quality broadband benefits companies in a number of important ways and the way we have managed to attract this funding on behalf of our businesses demonstrates once again our commitment to supporting our businesses.

“A strong local economy is good news for the council and the wider community because local companies provide jobs for residents and keep wealth in our borough helping us to drive affluence and a thriving Enfield economy.”

For information about how to apply to the Connection Voucher Scheme visit the Greater London Authority website  or  e-mail.

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