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.
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“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! ” "