Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from all corners of the British isles can gain a new competitive advantage from high-speed internet, according to one local councillor.
Colin Davie, an economic development executive for Lincolnshire County Council, delivered his comments at the launch of the Creative England and Onlincolnshire Superfast Broadband Fund.
The £150,000 pot is being offered to startups in the north, the midlands and the south-west as an incentive to develop new digital solutions for local businesses, tapping into the possibilities presented by today's fixed-line, mobile and satellite broadband networks.
Each company can bid for up to £25,000 from the fund, which Mr Davie said he hoped would make sure that local businesses "are in pole position to reap the benefits" of high-speed internet.
"Superfast speeds will mean that businesses will be able to improve the way they operate by taking advantage of global connections with customers and suppliers," he commented. "In addition, they can utilise advances in digital technology to both enhance and improve efficiency and develop new processes, products and services."
Mr Davie added that Onlincolnshire already provides a range of support packages to help local businesses make the most of superfast broadband and other cutting-edge technologies. "This project will take things another step forward," he concluded.
Jim Farmery, director of business development for Creative England, also expressed his enthusiasm for the fund. In particular, he said it should encourage SMEs to come up with innovative new uses for connectivity, such as intelligent tourism apps and industry-specific auction websites.
Of course, before a local business can put these solutions to use, or even communicate with customers and suppliers on a global scale, it will need a decent broadband connection - something many SMEs in rural areas still suffer without.
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