It is estimated that around 3,000 companies in the Northern Quarter in Manchester will be able to take advantage of faster business broadband thanks to Virgin Media.
The company announced back in July that it would be investing £75m in better residential and business broadband infrastructure in the region. The companies that are set to benefit are based in around 300 different buildings in the district and each business will have a dedicated connection offering equal download and upload speeds. Similar options are already available for companies based in Tech City in London.
The government announced in the spring that it would be putting aside £4m to boost services in the district to help businesses. The managing director of Virgin Media Business, Peter Kelly, said that having reliable internet is essential for any technology district and can make a big difference for companies in the region.
The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, welcomed the news of the investment, adding that the announcement means SMEs in the region can access bespoke broadband packages and support designed for modern companies.
The FSB director of policy, Mike Cherry, echoed Sir Richard’s comments and said that there is “so much potential waiting to be unlocked” in this particular area of Manchester. This investment could help with job creation and help Manchester to compete with cities such as London. He described small businesses as “the backbone of or digital economy” and said they will need a great deal of support from the government if the desired prosperity is to be achieved.