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Businesses attend superfast broadband event

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Published: 27/02/2014

Superfast Business: Social Media – ways to make it work for your business provided companies with practical examples of the ways in which new technology is delivering better, smarter business.

Delegates explored different social media channels, how to develop a social media strategy and Cllr John Goddard Chair of the Resources Sub Committee at South Gloucestershire Council made the opening remarks about the council’s superfast broadband programme which is being rolled out to businesses and residents in South Gloucestershire.

The £35.6 million Great Western Broadband project is a partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council and BT with a target to provide 94 per cent of premises in South Gloucestershire with access to superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of March 2015. Earlier this week, this project received a £4.7 million boost when the Government announced an overall £250 million funding package to extend coverage.

Cllr John Goddard, Chair of Resources Sub Committee said: “We welcome the £4.97 million of extra funding announced by the Government which will ensure superfast broadband coverage is extended to even more premises across South Gloucestershire. We are already making excellent progress with our joint project which is well ahead of many others in the country.

“Providing superfast broadband remains a key priority for South Gloucestershire Council and we have already invested £2million into this complex infrastructure project. The additional funding will allow us to push the existing coverage even wider which will provide much-needed economic and social benefits to our businesses and residents.

“The Government has confirmed this new grant will need to match funded locally. We have put £350,000 into our capital programme which is due to be considered by councillors next month. We are also looking at alternative funding sources including the Local Enterprise Partnership.”

More information on the council’s broadband project at

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