Superfast Businesses

This week we would like to share with you a new report commissioned by BT into the potential economic benefits for small and medium sized businesses through the take up and use of fibre based broadband.

Studying various sectors of businesses across Northern Ireland, the report looks at the potential benefits for companies within each sector.

The details of the report alongside a fact sheet on key bullet points can be found on the superfast broadband Northern Ireland webpage http://nibroadband.com/news/a-fibre-bright-future-for-northern-ireland1.

Here in Wiltshire we are progressing through the initial planning stages of our Superfast broadband roll-out bringing fibre based broadband to our businesses and residents.

If you are running a business in Wiltshire now is a very good time to think about how access to the internet and having an online presence can be beneficial. We have a series of guides here2 to help you get started.

Wiltshire Council also has a wealth of information online aimed to support business here3. Wiltshire Council are also working with Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce4 to deliver a range of business support services to start-up and existing businesses through the Wiltshire Business Support Service .

Pre-start clinics are available for anyone thinking of starting up their own business.

Business Managers will be providing a series of Running a Successful Business workshops, offering mentoring to new businesses and promoting a programme of networking events including access to free business advice.

A programme of events, seminars and training of interest to established businesses is available from the Business Support Service and can be found on the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce5 website or by calling Chris Simpson on 07730 870189 or 01225 355553.

And finally we are always keen to hear from any businesses that have embraced the digital age and enjoyed efficiencies, increased sales or new opportunities.

We would love to find out more about what you did and how so please contact us.

References

  1. ^ http://nibroadband.com/news/a-fibre-bright-future-for-northern-ireland (nibroadband.com)
  2. ^ How to guides (www.wiltshire.gov.uk)
  3. ^ here (http)
  4. ^ Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce (www.wessexchambers.org.uk)
  5. ^ Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce (www.wessexchambers.org.uk)

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