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A significant number of small businesses believe their growth prospects are being affected by a lack of access to super-fast broadband.

Some 16 per cent of companies surveyed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) described broadband as a barrier to expansion - most likely those based in rural areas.

As such, the FSB has called on the government to set out a clear commitment to deploy super-fast broadband across all of the UK.

The Con-Lib coalition should also outline how it plans to avoid a two-tier broadband access in rural and urban areas, the organisation added.

John Walker, national chairman of the FSB, said the smallest businesses have remained focused on growth and are showing tenacity in bringing new products and services to market.

But such companies are facing a number of obstacles, meaning the government must take some big leaps and introduce bold measures to drive growth, he noted.

"Small businesses are committed and resilient, but they now need the government to match their ambition for growth," Mr Walker added.

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