Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Slow Broadband Hold Back Your Business; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Slow Broadband Hold Back Your Business; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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SLOW broadband isn't just annoying: it can mean the difference between a thriving business and one that simply doesn't work properly.

Businesses in Newcastle have the chance to upgrade from a standard, slower connection to a superfast service with vouchers worth up to PS3,000.

But time is running out - the Government-funded broadband connection voucher scheme closes on March 31, 2015.

Small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises are eligible for vouchers that can be used to pay to install a superfast connection.

Many businesses in Newcastle, and across the country, have already received vouchers and are feeling the benefits of their new broadband connection. Businesses like PA services company Mi PA.

Many of Mi PA's clients are selfemployed or run small companies. To deliver its services, Mi PA's team lives on the internet. Each team member looks after several clients, providing everything from diary and e-mail management to call answering and research. "Having superfast reliable broadband is critical for our business," says founder Emma Mills. "We need to be online and available during working hours - that is what our clients are paying for."

The quality of broadband provision at her previous location was one reason why she moved Mi PA to new premises.

"There were occasions when you could see everything slowing down and getting clunky because each member of the team was online," she recalls. …

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