Hackney Council helps Tech City access faster broadband


Hackney is helping Tech City businesses access faster broadband by holding a ‘Broadband Breakfast’, a London Technology Week event celebrating London as Europe’s leading technology hub.

The event, on 17 June, invited local businesses from across the borough to drop-in and find out about a business broadband offer.

With 11 broadband suppliers in attendance, local businesses were able to find out more about the different options on offer and how to apply for a £3,000 connection voucher to help them access faster internet, as part of a scheme funded by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport.

The scheme will help businesses to achieve improved speeds of 30MB per second. In multi-tenanted buildings, companies can group together to get even better value from the scheme.

The event in Shoreditch, the heart of Tech City, also included key speeches from local tech expert Ian Dowson, who looked into the future of broadband and how important this has become for a business to operate and thrive in a competitive market.

Hackney continues to be at the forefront of the UK’s creative and tech sectors. This is despite the fact that the borough still does not have all round access to the broadband speeds that are needed to remain innovative and competitive. Events like the ‘Broadband Breakfast’ are a way in which Hackney Council can provide the additional support needed to help local businesses. London Technology Week has highlighted the role of London as a world leading creative tech player, attracting investment and new talent. Hackney is at the heart of this so it’s crucial that local businesses can access the fastest possible broadband speeds. This initiative is a small but welcome step towards achieving better broadband for businesses in Hackney and there is still time to join the voucher scheme. In the meantime we will continue to press for tomorrow’s broadband today.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council

For more information about connection vouchers, visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/london