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The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the commitment of the Government towards the digital economy in the inclusion of Digital within the DCMS brief, and the launch of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Commenting on the announcement by Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Chief Executive of the Forum, Ian Cass, said, 'Businesses, particularly in rural areas with inadequate broadband speeds, are at a material disadvantage when compared with bigger businesses in city regions. We hope that the fund launched today will enable all businesses to operate on a level playing field in the very near future, and we look to the investment to be shared throughout the country bringing broad scale regional growth opportunities beyond the major southern conurbations.

High quality digital communications has been a key component of the Forum's Get Britain Trading campaign, and today's news is an important step in recognising and supporting the contribution potential from the SME community to the country's economic health'

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.