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£9 billion broadband boost for local businesses welcomed by Crawley MP

‘Superfast broadband is making a real difference to local businesses,’ says Crawley MP Henry Smith.



Henry Smith MP has welcomed research showing that superfast broadband has boosted the turnover of local businesses across the UK by £9 billion.

This boost to the UK economy has created some 49,000 jobs, showing the clear benefits that superfast broadband provides.

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Nationwide superfast broadband coverage has now reached 95.39 per cent due to the Government’s focus and in the south east of England, more than 97 per cent of homes and businesses can now access superfast services.

Henry said: “This shows that extending superfast broadband is making a real difference to local businesses, boosting turnovers and reducing unemployment.

“This is good news for local businesses as we move into an increasingly digital economy, and it’s great news that 97 per cent of homes and businesses in the south east of England now have access to superfast broadband.

“We know there’s more to do, so are continuing to work with broadband providers to reach areas not yet covered and expect a million more homes and businesses to gain access in the next few years.”

Work is ongoing to extend coverage, with more than one million extra UK homes and businesses estimated to gain access to superfast speeds in the coming years, taking superfast coverage to 98 per cent of the nation.

The Government has introduced a Universal Service Obligation meaning everyone will have access to fast and affordable broadband by 2020.

Going further, plans have been set out to deliver nationwide full fibre connectivity by 2033 as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.

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The Employ Crawley jobs fair returns for its second year

The Employ Crawley jobs fair is back for another year, offering residents the chance to find out more about local vacancies and take part in workshops.



The event is open to all ages and takes place in Crawley Library from 10.30am until 4.30pm on 5 March.

Come along and meet with a wide range of local employers from various industries including retail, hospitality, driving, finance, and social care and airport services.

This is a great opportunity to speak directly with the employers about their vacancies, what they expect from candidates and their companies.

Find out how you can become part of the Gatwick family with an introduction to their free, four-week Gatwick One Destination Employability Course at 11.30am.

The Employ Crawley Team will also be on hand to offer help and advice to those looking for local jobs and advice on local training opportunities.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “Our first jobs fair was incredibly successful so I am delighted we are hosting another one this year.

“This event is a great opportunity for those looking for a career change, new employment or training opportunities. Our friendly Employ Crawley Team will be on hand to offer help and advice.”

For more information about Employ Crawley, visit

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