Pictured (left to right): David Myskow, Sarah Windrum, Leigh Hunt, Jeremy Wright
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, told a meeting of the Mid-Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce that the wider region had attracted a raft of connectivity programmes – and business should take advantage.
He said: “The wider West Midlands is an exciting place in terms of connectivity. There are a number of very interesting national projects which are leading the way in connectivity and they are based here in the region.
“It is a crowded landscape but organisations such as the Chamber offer impartial advice and I would urge any business in this area to see what is available and to take advantage of what is out there.
“We are really driving forward connectivity and – as with every project – is it making sure that as many people and businesses as possible can benefit.”
The Chamber – as part of a European Funded Project – is offering free, impartial advice to businesses across the patch to help them find the right systems and there is also funding available, depending on eligibility, to increase broadband speeds.
Neil Batchelor, a Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce ICT advisor, said: “We can help the companies decide in which technology to invest and advise them on Gigabit funding, a national scheme that offers up to £2,500 towards the installation costs of getting an internet service capable of 1000Mbps.
“With so many options out there, some business can be put off by the complexity, so we are able to guide them through the options for their company with the impartiality the Chamber brings. That gives them reassurance and also ensures the best outcome for the business.”
Leigh Hunt, of CityFibre, also updated the meeting on its fibre roll out programme in Coventry.