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Businesses across the UK have called on the government to deliver better broadband services and ensure that both coverage and speed are improved.

Such a move would help to ensure that businesses are better connected, which would have a positive effect on sectors across the country, the Institute of Directors (IoD) says.

It is a response to the news that reappointed Chancellor George Osborne is preparing a second Budget of the year for July, which the IoD says is an opportunity to announce more spending on infrastructure and broadband connectivity.

Following a poll of its members, the IoD found that 47% wanted infrastructure such as roads, rail and internet to be the new government’s top priority, followed by education and health.

When asked to specify which parts of UK infrastructure should be prioritised over the next five years, more than half (56%) voted for high-speed broadband, followed by energy generation, railways, roads and airports.

Commenting on the Election, IoD Director General Simon Walker said it was more decisive than most expected, and so now is the time for the new government to take "decisive action".

"Britain needs broadband cables, runways, railways and power, and we are looking to the government to deliver them," he explained.

"Building a modern infrastructure network will help businesses move goods, people, products and services around the world, giving small and medium-sized companies the best chance to succeed, scale up and compete on the global stage."

It comes after the Federation of Small Businesses last week asked company bosses to identify the main concerns they want the new Conservative government to address. Broadband was the fifth-most commonly cited key issue for David Cameron's administration to look at, with 39 per cent of small businesses hoping for action on fixed-line speeds and coverage.

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