Faster broadband is essential to the economic growth of Cambridgeshire

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.

Connecting Cambridgeshire has already rolled out superfast broadband to thousands of businesses and homes that would not be able to get it otherwise. Our rollout, combined with commercial provision, has now brought superfast access to over 98% of premises in the county – above the national average – with plans to reach over 99% coverage.


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.

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.


Digital Technology Grants for Business

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 you can read more about the Digital Technology Grants for Business scheme and how it has already begun to support the growth and resilience of eligible small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


Help to Grow: Digital e-Commerce software discounts

Businesses are invited to register for a Government scheme that was announced in last year’s Budget – Help to Grow: Digital e-Commerce software discounts.

Help to Grow: Digital will give small businesses free online technology advice and 50% discounts on new productivity-enhancing software.

The Help to Grow webpage also has links to a Help to Grow: Management Course which is 90% funded by the government.


Keeping everyone connected

Covid-19 has made us all more reliant on phone networks and internet services to stay in touch, which is why they are designated as critical services by the Government.

It’s vital that people can keep connected when being asked to stay at home, work remotely and practice social distancing. 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.

We are also offering support to businesses and communities to keep everyone connected:

Broadband

Most homes and businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now upgrade to superfast broadband of at least 24Mbps (and often much faster). The fibre broadband rollout is continuing to fill remaining gaps in coverage as soon as possible, meanwhile there is a range of options to help people cope with poor broadband connections.

If you want to upgrade your broadband speed, visit the Connecting Cambridgeshire Getting Superfast webpage to check if you can get superfast and follow the steps to upgrade, or find out about the options available.

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

Mobile

We’re working with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and network operators to improve mobile phone coverage and have put together a Quick Guide to help available from the broadband and mobile networks

Financial help for businesses 

The CPCA Growth Hub is funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and they have details about grant funding for growing businesses on their website.

Contact us

If you need further advice on digital connectivity for your business and working from home during the Covid-19 outbreak, please contact the Connecting Cambridgeshire team by email contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk stating your address, postcode, and situation.


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