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Enfield pilots broadband scheme

Published Monday, 16 December 2013

Up to 200 charities and small or medium–sized businesses in Enfield could apply for vouchers worth between £250- £3,000 from Enfield Council to upgrade their broadband infrastructure under a £400,000 pilot scheme funded by the Greater London Authority.

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

Enfield is one of six boroughs in London taking part in pilot schemes which will run from December 2013 to March 2014, along with Croydon, Sutton, Westminster, Redbridge and the City of London, ahead of the launch of the London-wide £23.5 million broadband improvement grant scheme.

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.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting our businesses and providing them with practical and financial support they need to thrive in today’s competitive market. 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 Enfield Connection Voucher Scheme visit the Enfield Council website or e-mail. 

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