Posted on 14th March 2018
Mid Sussex is one of thirteen areas to have been awarded a share of £95m to help with the rollout of ultrafast Broadband which is currently available to only 3% of the population. The service delivers speeds of up to 1GB per second but is more expensive to deploy as fibre optic cables are used instead of copper cables.
The funding was announced by the Chancellor in his Spring Statement this week, and is part of a ‘local full fibre initiative’ announced by the government.
Other areas to benefit include Manchester, Belfast, the Highlands of Scotland, London, Blackpool, Cardiff, Coventry, Wolverhampton, North Yorkshire, Blackpool, Cambridgeshire, Armagh and Portsmouth.
It will be well received locally as many businesses who are BHBPA members have complained about the lack of speed of broadband provision over recent years.
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "