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Internet help for Doncaster businesses

BT_Miliband_091216_002.jpgSuperfast broadband has helped a Doncaster business boost its sales.

DanceETC – one of the largest dancewear retailers in the UK – said it has helped them to expand and compete in new markets.

Ed visited the shop, in Bentley, and said: “Superfast broadband is an important tool for businesses, and for households. Better, easier access to it will help boost the economy, not just here in my constituency, but right across Doncaster, and the rest of the country.”

Founder Dan Hodgson said: “Having fibre has given the business a new lease of life. We’ve now been able to start properly building our online business. Now our website is at the forefront of our business. Customers visiting us online can take a virtual tour of the store and we are planning to launch 360 degree viewing application so people get a better view of the product before they buy.”

The Superfast South Yorkshire project has enabled more than 476,000 households and businesses to access to high-speed fibre broadband as a result of Superfast South Yorkshire and BT’s own commercial fibre broadband programme.

It was formed in September 2014 as local authorities joined forces with BT in a £22 million deal to extend the availability of high-speed, fibre broadband.

A further £4.8 million in additional funding has been secured which will extend the reach of fibre broadband to 99 per cent of South Yorkshire. The project is jointly funded by Sheffield City Region LEP, the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund and BT.

Natalie Ward, programme manager for Superfast South Yorkshire, said: “DanceETC are a great example of how superfast broadband can be a game-changer for businesses. I would encourage others to follow their lead.”

For further information on the Superfast South Yorkshire programme visit http://www.superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk

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