A pilot scheme offering small and medium businesses high speed broadband connections entirely free of charge has been launched in Croydon.
As many as 200 local companies, charities and other not for profit organisations could benefit, achieving download speeds usually of 30Mbits or more, opening up new possibilities for their businesses.
Croydon Council was selected as one of six boroughs in the first phase of the Greater London Authority Superconnected Cities Voucher scheme after successfully bidding to pilot the scheme.
The Council launched the scheme locally in December 2013 and business owners are urged to apply to benefit from the award.
Successful applicants will receive connection vouchers to cover installation charges up to £3,000.
Faster and more reliable broadband connections boost businesses and help them to grow. High speed broadband will play a key part in the future of Croydon's HiTech City strategy.
However they can sometimes cost thousands of pounds - so all too often small and medium enterprises are held back by slow and unreliable broadband connections.
Anything that Croydon Council and the Government can do to support enterprise in the borough by backing small and medium businesses should be welcomed. Laying high speed connections through our town not only helps those businesses directly, but opens up more possibilities for other organisations to benefit from new technology in the future.
I would strongly urge all eligible owners to apply or find out more by visiting www.croydon.gov.uk/broadband.