Digital connectivity is essential for economic growth. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a hugely diverse area with a rich mix of cities, market towns and rural areas, which presents both
challenges and opportunities in achieving the leading edge digital infrastructure needed for businesses to thrive.

Whilst the delivery of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s digital connectivity infrastructure strategy involves a complex combination of technology, civil engineering and investment, the overarching objectives are about community, connecting people and places, and supporting businesses to meet their full potential.

We want all businesses to have access to the leading-edge digital connectivity needed to help them succeed and to deliver sustainable growth, so we hope you find the information and signposting on this page helpful.

Broadband

Fast, reliable internet connections are vital for economic growth because it means businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can thrive and compete in a global world.

Increasing numbers of people work flexibly from home and better broadband means they can keep connected without having to spend time and money travelling.

Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, fewer than 60% of premises could get superfast broadband services up to 24Mbps in 2011. Our superfast broadband rollout project, combined with commercial provision, has now brought superfast access to well over 98% of premises – above the national average – with plans to reach over 99% coverage.

Find out if your business can upgrade to faster broadband by using our postcode checker and following the advice on our getting better broadband page.

Check the Home Broadband Networks guide for advice for employees on how to maximise broadband speeds and capacity while working from home.

Mobile

We are all more reliant on phone networks and internet services to stay in touch now.

It’s vital that people can keep connected when being asked to work from home or work remotely. But getting fast, reliable internet access can be a challenge – particularly when several people want to go online at the same time.

Connecting Cambridgeshire, the digital connectivity programme led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is working with telecoms operators to improve broadband and mobile coverage across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Our Enabling Digital Delivery service is supporting telecoms operators working on critical broadband and mobile networks, and can help to liaise with planners and streetworks.

Ofcom has tips for consumers to stay connected and information about how to improve indoor coverage and how to set up Wifi calling.

Growth Hub Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

The CPCA Growth Hub has free resources, support and advice for businesses in the region. It is funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and is here to connect your business to the help, support, information and funding that you need to thrive and grow.

They also deliver strategic support programmes and courses that empower business leaders to develop their resilience, productivity, leadership and capacity and capability to grow.

Covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, South Kesteven and Uttlesford in Essex, their team of dedicated, expert professionals are here to help your business be the best it can be.

Find out more about grant funding available for growing businesses, training and upcoming courses to help you develop your business.

Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Are you running or looking to start up a business? The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Cambridgeshire & Peterborough provides free and low-cost business support and advice to start up business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors like you.

They run workshops and events, offer one-to-one business support, and run an online programme of support.

Help to Grow: Digital

The Government’s Help to Grow: Digital scheme supports eligible businesses with up to 50% or £5,000 (excluding VAT) towards the cost of buying approved software.

Businesses are invited to register their interest for the scheme that supports eligible SMEs to choose, buy and integrate software into their business.

Embracing software and digital ways of working can help boost your business performance. Through the scheme you can access funding to help buy new software and free, impartial advice and guidance.

Digital Technology Grants for Business

Please note this scheme has now closed.

Digital technology is vital to support economic growth, enabling businesses to thrive and compete in domestic and global markets. This is regarded as especially critical in the ongoing pandemic situation which is pushing businesses into new business models more quickly than they would previously have expected.

Connecting Cambridgeshire secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to launch a grant scheme in February 2021 to support local businesses make productive use of digital technologies to grow their businesses in response to the changing economic environment.

The scheme has now closed as all available funding has been allocated, but if you want to find out how the Digital Technology Grants for Business scheme has begun to support the growth and resilience of eligible small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough visit our digital case studies page.

Other useful links

If you need further advice on digital connectivity for your business please contact the Connecting Cambridgeshire team by email contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk stating your address, postcode, and situation.