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The wider availability of fibre broadband is offering growth opportunities to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) nationwide, it has been claimed.

A spokesperson for BT said the rollout of super-fast broadband in the UK is giving SMEs the chance to become "more nimble and more responsive".

"This will help them to expand and thrive, wherever they might be based," she stated.

The BT representative claimed fibre broadband is helping to create more jobs - both directly and indirectly - and boost the economy as a whole.

"BT believes fibre broadband can play an important part in stimulating and supporting an economic recovery," she added.

"We are bidding for public funds where they become available - as well as investing heavily ourselves - and we believe our combined efforts could see more than 90 per cent of UK premises have access to fibre broadband via our network over the next three to four years."

Last month, the Federation of Small Businesses called on the government to do more to ensure SMEs have business-grade connectivity across the UK.

John Allan, national chairman of the organisation, said that with an ever-increasing use of technology, small firms need a reliable broadband network.

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