The vast majority of companies operating in the UK rely on a reliable, speedy broadband internet connection to help them do business, as without one, it can be hard for them to make sales and keep in touch with clients, investors and employees. Fortunately, for businesses based in North Lincolnshire the local authority is to try and secure funding to improve broadband facilities for companies throughout the area. North Lincolnshire Council is to try and receive £3.8m in funding from the European Union to help boost broadband connections for companies in more remote areas.
At a time when more business is done online than ever before, this move, if successful, will prove extremely useful for businesses across the region, as well as in other parts of the UK. The reason for this is that, if the funding is put to good use in North Lincolnshire, other areas will seek to do something similar in order to wipe out any disparities in broadband speeds between big cities and rural areas.
The bid, made jointly with North East Lincolnshire Council, could help supplement existing funds of £2.6m which came from the Government’s BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK) programme. Any additional money will make it even easier to improve broadband connectivity for small and medium-sized businesses in the region. Make It Cheaper, a company who help small companies save money on energy and telecommunication costs, explained how this would make it easier for local businesses:
“This news is great for SMEs in northern Lincolnshire who need better broadband links, especially with the government pledging to improve the quality and speed of internet connections across the country to the point where access to broadband is the best in Europe. However, they should ensure that rural areas get the same service as major centres of population. A good, reliable internet connection is a must for any business, and if that becomes the norm, then small enterprises could even save money if they know that they can get cheap broadband.”
Although funding from Europe isn’t yet secured, it could result in North and North East Lincolnshire being trailblazers for other parts of the country looking to improve their broadband network. Businesses in rural areas away from major towns like Scunthorpe and Grimsby are going to struggle to attract customers without a decent internet connection, but having the same speeds as their urban counterparts will make doing business far less difficult.