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Free support to speed business growth in Devon

12th November, 2012
Connecting Devon and Somerset, is launching a new programme of support to help businesses unlock the benefits of superfast broadband.

The programme is part of a drive to ensure that businesses take advantage of the region?s emerging superfast broadband infrastructure, which has the potential to open up new markets, enable skills development and improve working practices, driving profitability and growth.  

Some of the many bottom line benefits include more effective marketing, increasing sales and productivity, enhanced staff flexibility through home and remote working, and increased collaboration.

Free for businesses throughout Devon, the package includes an initial one-to-one mentoring diagnostic session, to help businesses explore the potential gains of using superfast broadband effectively. Further mentoring sessions are available to help progress those businesses with ambitious growth plans.

The package also includes skills development workshops, with practical demonstrations of what works, insights into the latest applications, tools and devices, and learning on a wide range of topics, including
e-commerce, cloud computing, marketing, web and social media.

The fully funded support on offer to businesses is being delivered by YTKO, an award-winning business consultancy with offices throughout the South West. With more than 30 years? experience of providing growth support for businesses of all sizes and sectors, the company will share a wealth of practical expertise in using and developing effective online services.

Businesses keen to learn more about Devon?s new broadband capabilities are being invited to get involved through a series of free introductory events, starting in Tavistock on 26 November.  Further events around the county are currently being scheduled, and details will be regularly updated on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme is led by Devon and Somerset County Councils in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay Councils. It aims to provide 100% broadband coverage of at least 2Mbps with a minimum of 85% superfast broadband at 24Mbps by 2015 and superfast broadband for all by 2020.

For further information, venue details and to book a free place, please visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk,.

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