Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visits ‘Digital Cardiff Showcase’
The minister will see Cardiff Council’s ‘Digital Demonstrator Hub’ in County Hall which showcases the latest in hi-tech equipment including 3D printers, touch screen tables and conferencing facilities.
He said: “Cardiff is home to a highly skilled workforce and a rich source of entrepreneurial talent, attracting investment from across the UK and around the world.
“I’m delighted to see that thanks to UK government funding more small businesses than ever before in Cardiff can now benefit from ultra fast internet speeds, giving them access to the very latest technology to attract more customers and drive growth.
“This has been made possible through the £150m we have invested in super-connected cities across the UK- including £10.2m for Cardiff. Newport has also been awarded funds and both cities are investing the money to update their digital infrastructure and pay for business broadband connection vouchers.
“This investment will enable Cardiff and Newport to compete with the world’s top digital cities and gives them a critical competitive edge in the global race.”
Small businesses are encouraged to apply for broadband connection vouchers to take advantage of the benefits of superfast broadband.
Phil Bale, leader of Cardiff Council said: “The Council welcomes the Minster to the city, to show the excellent work that is being put in place to increase the capability for businesses to access global markets, to sell what is produced here in Wales to the world.
“Cardiff is home to a higher percentage of fast-growing firms – or ‘gazelles’ as you might call them – than any other city in the UK. Without super-fast broadband many of these companies would not be here.
“Cardiff is already one of the most digitally connected cities in Britain, with a higher percentage of our households able to access super-fast broadband than any of the other major core city in the UK.
“This £10.2m investment will build on this position of strength, forming a core part of our ambitions to strengthen the city economy over the coming years. We urge all businesses that qualify for this grant to make enquiries with the council as soon as possible.”
Mr Crabb added: “I strongly urge local businesses to make use of Cardiff’s excellent digital hub and sign up to the voucher scheme. Not only does it represent excellent value for money but it means businesses can tap into global markets, create jobs and boost growth.”
Businesses interested in applying for funding through the Digital Cardiff Connecting Voucher Scheme are asked to make enquiries with Cardiff Council as soon as possible as all applications must be completed and orders placed with suppliers before March 31 2015.
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