Month: December 2015

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Satellite subsidy scheme launched

Satellite dishes to boost broadband speeds in most remote areas of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.

  • Early Christmas present for homes and businesses with the slowest connection speeds
  • Government commitment to broadband revolution will not leave any community behind

Homes and businesses in some of the most remote areas of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington can now get a subsidised satellite broadband connection through the Connecting Cheshire programme if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least 2mbps.

The scheme being rolled out throughout December 2015 forms part of the Government’s commitment to make sure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least 2 mbps by the end of 2015. Eligible residents and businesses will be able to get a subsidised satellite broadband service, including a free satellite dish and installation in most cases. An estimated 300,000 properties across the UK will be able to make use of the new offer.

The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 but Government was determined to help those with the slowest connections by providing an immediate boost to their available speeds ahead of any future improvements planned.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape.”

Users will be responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any), choosing the features of the satellite broadband service they require, and for paying the monthly subscription for the service they selected (for a minimum period of 12 months).

More information on the operation of the scheme in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington can be found on the Broadband Programme website  at

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Eveolution upcoming events in Cheshire

The Business Growth Hub and Connecting Cheshire are delighted to announce further events and workshops as part of Eveolution, the digital skills programme for female entrepreneurs.

Events include hands-on workshops, masterclasses and seminars covering a wide range of core digital skills, from social media and online marketing, to coding and cyber security.

  • Kickstart your campaign at one of our Crowdfunding masterclasses
  • Protect your business online with one of our cyber security workshops
  • Create captivating designs at our Canva workshop
  • Take control of your online presence with our digital marketing series
  • Build your own website at our WordPress workshops
  • Make the most of your connections at our LinkedIn workshop


Cyber Security Workshop – Protect your business online

A vital issue, online security can feel complex and daunting to tackle and is sometimes an afterthought for small businesses. Join experts from the Royal Bank of Scotland and local police services for a day-long workshop, and leave armed with the skills and knowledge to defend your business online. More info

Dates & Venues

Thursday 21st January, 09.30 – 15.30 at NoWFOOD in Chester


Kickstart your Campaign Crowdfunding Masterclass

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular funding option for many small or growing enterprises. Crowdfunding expert Anne Strachan will lead this masterclass, introducing each of the key platforms & offering guidance on how to manage a campaign. More info

Dates & Venues

Friday 22nd January, 09.30 – 12.30 at NoWFOOD in Chester


WordPress for Beginners

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular tools for creating websites and blogs, responsible for over 60 million sites worldwide. Join Claire Dodd from GirlGeek Up Northas she guides you through this popular and easy to use platform. More info

Dates & Venues

Thursday 28th – Friday 29th January, 10.00 – 16.00 at the Gateway, Warrington


Are you Digitally Savvy? Introduction to Digital Marketing

This practical two day workshop offers a fantastic introduction to those who are new to social media and email marketing, and has been developed to support female entrepreneurs who want to learn the digital skills they need to boost their online presence and market their business. More info

Dates & Venues

Monday 18th – Tuesday 19th January, 09.30 -16.00 at NoWFOOD in Chester


Are you Digitally Savvy? Intermediate Digital Marketing

This hands-on workshop will help you enhance your existing digital reach – focusing your strategy & teaching you vital techniques to help you save time and build your audience. This workshop is aimed at those who already actively promote their businesses online, but feel their digital reach could have an even greater impact. More info

Dates & Venues

Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th January, 09.30 -16.00 at NoWFOOD in Chester


Introduction to Canva – Design made simple

Canva is a design tool that enables you to create bespoke images perfect for promoting your business online. Within minutes you can create e-flyers, banner graphics and icons ready to use across social media, in newsletters, or on your website. More Info

Dates & Venues

Wednesday 3rd February, 09.30 – 12.30 at Flexible Meetings in Warrington


LinkedIn for Business Making the most of your connections

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for businesses, and can be utilised for much more than straightforward networking. Learn how to use LinkedIn to stimulate business, interact with tailored groups, and create and promote content. More Info

Dates & Venues

Wednesday 3rd Feb, 13.30 – 16.30 at Flexible Meetings in Warrington

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