Westminster City Council has recently secured £2.8m to deliver the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) project that will enable Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Westminster to purchase faster and better broadband using an approved list of broadband providers.
The Connect Westminster scheme will enable businesses within the borough to get £2k worth of vouchers towards an ultrafast capable connection.
Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Lead Member for the Shared Economy, said: “We are committed to increasing the provision of cost –effective ultrafast broadband by working with broadband providers to improve connectivity, as part of our ‘City for All’ priority. This in turn will enable SME businesses in Westminster to grow, increase productivity and access new markets which are of fundamental importance to London’s position as a leading global city.
Cllr Robert Davis, MBE DL, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, said: “Westminster is a national global centre of employment and industry, containing more businesses and employees than any other London borough. With 47,165 businesses and 697,400 jobs and with an expected 14% projected employee growth between 2016 and 2041, which illustrates the significance of Westminster’s contribution to London’s economy and our need for ultrafast broadband, so that we can continue to be the best place in the UK to start and grow a business.”
To support the delivery of the scheme the council are running a broadband supplier registration process until 24 July 2017, to register suppliers who can deliver vouchers under the scheme.