Belfast Telegraph

SMEs offered £3k to get superfast broadband

Small businesses in Belfast and Londonderry can obtain grants up to £3,000 to install superfast broadband connection.

The Connection Voucher Scheme is part of a UK Government initiative to help SMEs, charities, and social enterprises.

The scheme will run until the end of March 2015 and is managed by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). For further information visit


Organisations to mark excellence

SOME of the largest organisations in Northern Ireland are on board to help the Centre for Competitiveness mark 20 years of its Excellence Awards process.

 Invest NI, the Department of Finance and Personnel, NIE and Hewlett Packard are sponsoring this year's scheme, which culminates with an awards ceremony on Thursday January 30, 2014 at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor to recognise excellence.

Consultation on zero hours issue

THE government is launching a consultation on zero hours contracts but will not ban them because they offer 'welcome flexibility' for some workers.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the contracts had a place in the labour market. The 12-week consultation will include the possibility of banning companies from imposing 'exclusivity contracts', which offer no guarantee of work and stop people working for another company.

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