Female entrepreneurs in England are to be given financial help to access superfast broadband.
The Government is setting aside £1 million to help businesswomen pay for superfast broadband installation and provide those who want to set up their own company advice on accounting, marketing and how to get the most out of a next-gen superfast connection.
Minister for Women Nicky Morgan said: “There are thousands of women running some amazing small businesses all over the UK but they still make up just a fifth of all small businesses.
“As part of our long-term economic plan for Britain we are determined to do everything we can to support women to start-up businesses and create more jobs and opportunities for hardworking people.”
One-off cash grants will be made available in 40 areas where BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) projects are running across England. Councils running BDUK projects like Superfast North Yorkshire are being asked to sumbit bids for grants now.
This is similar to how the Superconnected Cities voucher scheme has worked, with companies across 22 UK cities able to apply for money off the cost of installing business broadband from a variety of companies.
As well as providing start up cash for connections, the Government is also providing free access to business mentors and access to a separate £1.6 million scheme for rural businesswomen.
Speaking at Google’s Campus for Mums in London, Morgan added: “This fund will give women the practical help needed to get their businesses on-line and take advantage of superfast broadband. This will include online mentors, business clubs and training courses so that women all over the county can benefit from the kinds of help Campus for Mums is giving.”
Google’s London Campus, based in trendy Shoreditch, hosts a variety of business-related events aimed at helping entrepreneurs get the most of the web. Campus for Mums launched in October 2013 and a second run of lectures, workshops and hackathons, is currently being organised.
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