Businesses in York get £1 million for superfast broadband

York Press: Coun James Alexander with Paul Fawcett Coun James Alexander with Paul Fawcett

YORK'S bid to become one of the best digitally connected cities in Europe has taken a step forward as £1 million is made available for businesses to access superfast broadband.

A scheme has been launched offering SMEs the chance to sign-up for vouchers worth up to £3,000, to cover the cost of linking their business premises to broadband fibres in the city.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport , as part of York’s status as one of 22 SuperConnected Cities.

City of York Council leader Coun James Alexander said: “We are working to make sure that York has the right environment for our businesses to thrive and grow.

"Many businesses need faster but affordable broadband. This voucher scheme will help York businesses to be competitive and to continue to prosper."

The first applicant for the scheme will be Field & Fawcett, a wine merchants and delicatessen based at Grimston Bar.

The business is accessing the York CORE fibre through registered supplier York Data Services.

Mark Fordyce, managing director of York Data Services said “We have been able to connect Field & Fawcett, giving them access to our services at Gigabit speeds. This sort of solution invariably carries higher installation costs which can be prohibitive to some businesses, so the voucher scheme is a welcomed initiative to help lower those barriers."

The voucher scheme will run for a year on a first come first served basis.

Business can choose from 200 registered suppliers to access three fibres in York, operated by BT, CityFibre and Virgin.

Greg Mesch, chief executive at CityFibre, which runs the York CORE pure fibre network, said: "The voucher scheme is the perfect opportunity for York’s businesses to super-charge their connectivity.

“Most businesses recognise their data requirements and reliance on connectivity is growing exponentially and connecting to the pure fibre will deliver the unbeatable, economical and reliable performance they require long into the future.”

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This exciting scheme is a vital step forward.

“Businesses can use the technology to boost their competitiveness, work more efficiently, attract new customers or strengthen relationships with existing customers. Every firm that switches to faster broadband is good news for York.

"This new voucher scheme is incredibly important as it will encourage more businesses to take up the new technology."

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12:30pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander?
York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -27

12:41pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

... although checking the sort-code of the 'Bank of York' account written on the cheque, it turns out to be a Santander Cahoot Fixed Rate Loan account on which Direct Debits can't be set up. And that phone number is the Benefits Fraud office at CoYC.

I think I'd prefer payment in cash...
... although checking the sort-code of the 'Bank of York' account written on the cheque, it turns out to be a Santander Cahoot Fixed Rate Loan account on which Direct Debits can't be set up. And that phone number is the Benefits Fraud office at CoYC. I think I'd prefer payment in cash... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -25

1:00pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

Little Jim seems to be shorter that he was in recent photos.
Put him in short pants then he can play with his toys-again.
When ever I see his face I cannot treat the current council cabinet seriously.
Little Dick and Dom.....
Little Jim seems to be shorter that he was in recent photos. Put him in short pants then he can play with his toys-again. When ever I see his face I cannot treat the current council cabinet seriously. Little Dick and Dom..... Owain ap Llwyd
  • Score: -25

5:15pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BigJon says...

I'd love faster internet but BT seem to have forgotten this bit of York which, despite having a high number of student renters (who, you would think, would want super-fast internet), is still stuck in the non-fibre days so I can't get BT Infinity or the Sky equivalent....
I'd love faster internet but BT seem to have forgotten this bit of York which, despite having a high number of student renters (who, you would think, would want super-fast internet), is still stuck in the non-fibre days so I can't get BT Infinity or the Sky equivalent.... BigJon
  • Score: 8

6:03pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander?
The scheme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport , as part of York’s status as one of 22 SuperConnected Cities.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander?[/p][/quote]The scheme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport , as part of York’s status as one of 22 SuperConnected Cities. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 7

10:30am Tue 25 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander?
The scheme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport , as part of York’s status as one of 22 SuperConnected Cities.
Interesting. For those who may have missed it, I was being flippant. Although I don't understand why CoYC has placed the DCMS money into a Fixed Loan Account - and why is the Benefit Fraud office phone number on the cheque?
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: York's broadband must be pretty hopeless if the council is still having to write giant cheques like the one in the photograph. Other places use BACS, online. It's much faster and won't take days to clear. Doesn't the council know this - or is it a personal cheque from Cllr Alexander?[/p][/quote]The scheme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport , as part of York’s status as one of 22 SuperConnected Cities.[/p][/quote]Interesting. For those who may have missed it, I was being flippant. Although I don't understand why CoYC has placed the DCMS money into a Fixed Loan Account - and why is the Benefit Fraud office phone number on the cheque? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -4

5:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

F H M Q says...

I think this is a great opportunity for York businesses. Its fabulous that funds are being provided to make us more competitive and keep the city vibrant.
Why the negativity? This is a boost for our city and with the likes of the Tour de France and the Marathon coming this year, surely we wish to attract more visitors and impress with super connectivity?
I think this is a great opportunity for York businesses. Its fabulous that funds are being provided to make us more competitive and keep the city vibrant. Why the negativity? This is a boost for our city and with the likes of the Tour de France and the Marathon coming this year, surely we wish to attract more visitors and impress with super connectivity? F H M Q
  • Score: 3

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