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Over 40,000 small businesses have benefited from the Super Connected Cities Scheme, the UK government has claimed.

The broadband voucher scheme has subsequently been hailed as a substantial success in helping to install superfast connections across the country, aided by a £3,000 grant.  

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released a league table of the cities where the most vouchers have been issued.

London (11,664) leads the way, with the next biggest totals in Manchester (4,163), Leeds-Bradford (4,016), Birmingham (2,494), Belfast (1,610), Cardiff (1,470), Liverpool (1,345), Bristol (1,217), Coventry (1,141) and Newcastle (1,077).

So far, as much as £40 million has been set aside for vouchers over 2015-16, with applications being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Indeed, despite the perceived success of the scheme, firms are being warned to act fast, with over 1,000 applications flooding in each week.

Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, said: “Our offer to small businesses has been a tremendous success and is proving incredibly popular.  

"More than 40,000 UK businesses have already taken up our offer, which is aimed at boosting both their broadband speeds as well as their bottom line.

“Businesses need to act now to ensure they don’t miss out on this fantastic offer and I’m urging all eligible businesses to apply now before it’s too late.”

A large number of businesses working in various industries have already benefited from the scheme, including architects, estate agents, mechanics, events coordinators, cafes, graphic designers and caterers.

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