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A quarter of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have no knowledge of the UK's super-fast broadband rollout.

The coalition government has committed at least £680 million of public money to the project, aiming to ensure 90 per cent of the population has access to super-fast speeds by 2015.

But according to research conducted by AXA Business Insurance, many business owners have not been taking notice.

This is despite SMEs being among the greatest potential beneficiaries of faster broadband, in light of the UK's growing online economy.

Darrell Sansom, managing director of AXA Business Insurance, said that although the number of SMEs in the UK continues to climb rapidly, many could be missing opportunities to help their business along the way.

He said there is a lack of awareness among SMEs of the help that may be available to them.

"We would urge government to ensure that the various support schemes that have been created for SMEs receive the commensurate degree of promotion and awareness to support what is the heart of British Business," Mr Sansom stated.

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