Broadband funding must be well spent to ensure UK competitiveness

IPSE has responded to the Government’s announcement of £440m in funding for more widespread superfast broadband. 

Jordan Marshall, IPSE Policy Development Manager, commented: "The smallest businesses are dependent on fast, reliable broadband in order to operate, particularly as more people are choosing to work from home. It’s therefore essential that this money is well spent.

“If the UK economy is to maintain its competitiveness on the global stage, it’s essential that the very hardest to reach areas are not overlooked. If we underinvestment, we risk the UK falling behind the rest of Europe.

“The importance of universal superfast broadband has also been highlighted by the Government’s rollout of ‘Making Tax Digital’. Business owners based in remote locations could encounter serious problems submitting their tax returns if they don’t have broadband. We need to see no stone left unturned.” 

Productivity, Employment, Home-working, Infrastructure

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