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The majority of connection vouchers issued under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative have been taken up by firms based in London, the government has revealed.

More than one in three vouchers issued has been utilised by a business based in London, with 8,857 of the 25,000 making their way to the capital.

Although London is by far the UK's biggest city, the figure is notable for the fact that businesses in more than 50 towns and cities are able to take advantage, including major conurbations such as Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Sheffield, all of which have populations over 500,000.

However, London is still way in front, suggesting that the capital is leading the way when it comes to business broadband investment and rollout.

The scheme was initially financed by the Urban Broadband Fund under the Super-Connected Cities banner, with £100 million being pledged, but this has since been topped up by £40 million as it has been rolled out across the UK.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said the connection voucher scheme is proving "tremendously popular", with around 1,000 vouchers every week now being issued.

"Businesses need to be properly equipped for all the challenges of the digital world in which we live and I urge all eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out on the fantastic offer," he explained.

Mr Vaizey added that the grant is part of the government’s "broadband transformation", which will ultimately help cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and go some way towards making the country the best place in the world to do business.

After London, the strongest voucher take-up has been seen in Leeds-Bradford (3,085), Greater Manchester (2,924), Birmingham (1,621) and Cardiff (961).

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