2014 was a fantastic year for West Yorkshire, with exciting developments such as the Regional Growth Fund https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nick-clegg-announces-regional-growth-fund-jobs-in-west-yorkshire, high speed rail links and promising economic growth pushing business in the region forward.
But it wasn’t just transport that moved towards a speedier future last year – broadband was a buzzword in the area too, as the government scheme to develop ‘Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future’ really took off in the North at last.
Superfast West Yorkshire hit millions of home and businesses in the past 12 months and will continue sweeping across the county in 2015. So if you haven’t already put an end to snail-pace internet services for your business, now is the time to act!
What is Superfast?
The government established the scheme in 2010 with the goal of bringing the whole of Britain up to speed (literally) with a better broadband infrastructure for the future. As well as providing government funding to support improvements to the existing framework, many internet suppliers have taken up the challenge with zeal to fill the previously gaping holes in coverage across the UK.
As the internet has become such an integral tool for businesses around the world, superfast has a huge potential to help economic growth, making broadband more efficient and reliable for firms big and small. Fibre optics are leading the way in developing a superfast future, providing a much higher capacity, lightning speeds, and a dependable network for those willing to invest in cabling.
How Do I Get It?
If your business is stuck in the dark ages with tiresome buffering and poor connectivity, you’ll know that it is practically impossible to take full advantage of the internet for your evolving requirements. Voice over IP (VoIP) is completely unfeasible, sending large files and documents is difficult, and even basic tasks become a burden if your connectivity isn’t up to scratch. Whilst many broadband suppliers offer speeds of ‘up to’ a very high level, most of us aren’t reaching anything near that.
Businesses in West Yorkshire can apply for grants of up to £3000 to cover the cost of upgrading their network to superfast alternatives. So if you thought fibre optics were a distant dream, think again. What’s more, many local internet suppliers have answered the call for faster speeds and now offer an affordable alternative to the big suppliers whose focus is national rather than regional. By switching to a company that understands your challenges and priorities, you won’t have to settle for second best.
Superfast is being rolled out at a remarkable speed in the North, and as government funding combines with a growing focus on West Yorkshire, it’s the perfect time to address your telecoms. Discover what a difference fast connectivity can make to the smooth-running of your business by signing up with a provider who can supercharge your broadband today.
So if you are on the hunt for superfast broadband do your research and access the grants available to make sure that you make the most of high speed broadband.
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellygGrassam. This article has been written with helpful information from Option Box.