£1 million investment in Superfast support will help Dorset’s rural businesses
Over 3,000 SMEs across Dorset are set to benefit from a £1 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Superfast Dorset to help them benefit from new digital technologies enabled by faster broadband.
The new Superfast Business service, which launched this month in association with WSX Enterprise Ltd, helps eligible businesses to learn about, and exploit, the opportunities that digital technologies and fibre-optic broadband present.
Dorset County Council and a partnership of all councils in Dorset has just signed a £31.75 million contract with BT to extend access to high-speed fibre optic broadband to 97% of all properties. Councillor Hilary Cox is the county council’s environment portfolio holder. She said: “Superfast Business is a great way for businesses to understand and benefit from broadband technologies. It complements our major investment of public funds to extend faster broadband infrastructure to most rural areas and bring real benefit to businesses and economic growth to Dorset.”
At the heart of the service is a new website www.superfastbusiness.co.uk with an online knowledge area that holds a selection of top tips, guides and the latest thinking from industry experts on digital technologies and opportunities for businesses. Eligible businesses will have access to fully funded support including a team of expert advisers, a programme of events on hot topics offering inspirational insights and practical solutions and specialists with niche expertise.
Businesses can visit www.superfastbusiness.co.uk and find out about the benefits of superfast broadband and associated technologies and whether they are eligible to access the fully funded business support package.
Liz Wright, Superfast Business Programme Manager at WSX Enterprise said: “Superfast broadband is about much more than speeding up your email or web browsing. It can transform the way that you do business. Superfast connections offer a more reliable and consistent service – which is a crucial issue for rural businesses – whilst opening up new markets and boosting productivity.
“We are urging ambitious businesses with strong growth potential to visit our new website and find out more about the service – it has the potential to revolutionise the way they operate.”
Superfast Business is also looking to establish a network of IT suppliers and consultants across the region that can support the service. Interested parties are asked to get in touch at https://www.wsxenterprise.co.uk/our-services/super-fast-business