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Coventry firms and charities offered broadband vouchers

Thursday, February 27th 2014 by Editorial
A number of companies and voluntary groups in Coventry are being offered vouchers worth £3,000 to improve their broadband.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has announced it will provide local businesses with vouchers to cover the costs of broadband installation.

Although only worth between £250 and £3,000, they have been proven to be a vital lifeline for businesses with poor download speeds in other parts of the UK and are popular among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the country, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

Councillor Lynnette Kelly, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment at Coventry City Council, said the scheme is worthwhile for SME owners with unreliable broadband speeds and could represent fantastic value for money.

"It can be extremely frustrating for companies when their day-to-day business is delayed because of a slow broadband service," she explained.

The CWLEP scheme is part of a wider project by Super Connected Coventry to install fibre optic broadband across the region, with speeds far in excess of the national average promised in some areas.