Superfast broadband to benefit Isle businesses

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The introduction of superfast broadband across the Isle of Axholme from 2015 will provide numerous opportunities for businesses to grow through using the internet.

Businesses can now register for information about council contracts and bid for contracts on the YORtender website www.yortender.co.uk as well as other contracts.

YORtender is the procurement portal for the Yorkshire and Humber region and it is free to register your businesses details online.

The website allows registered businesses to create a profile and upload brochures or catalogues.

Businesses can also download and submit tenders and quotes electronically making the process more efficient.

A supplier helpdesk and guide is available for businesses that have any queries.

Steve Sowerby, of T. G. Sowerby Developments Ltd, said: “We would welcome faster broadband, our estate has never had such a thing.

“If we’re to compete in the market place we need the tools to enable us to do so. Good broadband speeds are going to be critical to us before long.”

Terry Watson, of TMW Construction Limited, added: “North Lincolnshire and many other local authorities are using electronic mail to forward tender documentation including detailed A1 drawings.

“To achieve the benefit of a no paper response, superfast broadband is a requirement.”

Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for policy and resources at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “A reliable broadband connection is vital for businesses wanting to develop.

“Businesses that don’t have access to the internet are missing out on a lot of valuable opportunities.

“Without broadband, registering for tender contracts wouldn’t be as straightforward; it would most likely take longer and would involve lots of paperwork.

“Superfast broadband is the way forward, which is why we want businesses to take advantage of this to help them further develop. The digital world will provide businesses with faster communication, more contract opportunities and increase customers’ awareness.”