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Small businesses in York can now make significant savings on their broadband connections following the launch of a government-backed voucher scheme.

Enterprises operating in the city can apply for a voucher worth up to £3,000 from one of over 200 registered suppliers, as part of the £1 million initiative, reports the Yorkshire Post.

This is designed to ensure they take advantage of next-generation connectivity solutions, allowing them to boost productivity, increase efficiencies and fully participate in the online economy.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport hopes the scheme will encourage the creation of new businesses in the UK.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said the UK is witnessing "a transformation of broadband in the UK which will be instrumental in driving our economic growth".

"These vouchers will save businesses in York thousands of pounds, as well as generating thousands more," he stated.

"I strongly urge businesses to make the most of this offer to ensure they are properly equipped to compete in today’s digital age."

York has been designated as one of the UK's 22 SuperConnected Cities, which means its companies have the chance to bid for public broadband funding.

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