The average cost of a business transaction, web based = 15p, phone = £2.83 and face to face = £8.62

90% of consumers use the internet to research purchases. However, over a third of small to medium enterprises don't use the internet or have a website

Small to medium enterprises (SME's) with an online presence are growing 3-5 times more quickly than those without

88% of Brits use social networking sites

In 2010, the internet economy was worth 8.3% of the UK's GDP by 2016 it will be over 12.3%

The proportion with increasing turnover is twice as high amongst those utilising online technology

Business Users

Many businesses that can already access fibre broadband are already using it to maximise growth, expand their customer base and improve their bottom line. In Leicestershire, there’s a surprising amount of people who work from home and a large number of businesses operating from family homes.

By having fibre broadband, not only will you be able to benefit from faster upload and download speeds. But, you can also run meetings by video link and reach customers through new, faster and easier to track methods of communication like Facebook and Twitter. Plus, you can also use cloud based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, which mean you have access to the same tools as larger companies – all with the same benefits, but for a fraction of the cost.

Business Support Service

Leicestershire County Council contracted the Chamber of Commerce to deliver a business support service to boost innovation, growth and job creation. More information is available on the Business Support Service page.

Idea to Enterprise – Women in broadband

In 2015, Superfast Leicestershire secured investment as part of the Government’s Women in Broadband programme to encourage more women entrepreneurs into the workforce, to improve their digital skills, and to give them the confidence to develop their business ideas in Leicestershire.

Read the testimonials and find out more about the programme.

Case studies

Since the beginning of this project there have been a number of businesses who have upgraded to fibre broadband. Read our case studies to see what a difference it could make to your business no matter how large or small.

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