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Staffordshire County Council holding social media event at Staffordshire College Rodbaston campus

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE businesses can discover how they can boost their operations through social media at a free event next month.

Social Media: The Benefits to Business will be held at South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston campus on Tuesday, February 11, at 8.30am. The event is the first in a series to enable small and medium sized businesses to make the most of improved broadband in Staffordshire thanks to the delivery of a major infrastructure project.

People can register for the event by emailing superfast@staffordshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 111 8000 and asking to speak to a member of the Superfast Staffordshire team.

Staffordshire County Council is running the Optimising Business Broadband project until June 2015. It will include events, workshops and the provision of one-to one support and advice for businesses to show how they can save money and increase productivity by using fibre broadband services.

Access to superfast broadband for Staffordshire residents is seen as a priority for the county council as it provides the means to increase opportunities for residents and boost the local economy.

Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington said: "This project will show businesses how they can utilise broadband to enhance the way they work – whether that's by increasing productivity, saving money or growing their business through online sales. I'd urge businesses to attend the free social media event on February 11 so that they can take full advantage of the new infrastructure. Our key priority is to bring prosperity and jobs to Staffordshire and superfast broadband is a part of our strategy to achieve this."

The county council and Shropshire County Council successfully bid for £214,000 from the European Regional Development Fund to carry out the project. It will complement the Staffordshire Broadband project, which has seen Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership join forces with BDUK and BT to bring high-speed broadband to the region. The £28 million investment will result in more than 472,000 premises – around 97 per cent of homes and businesses – having access to fibre broadband by spring 2016. Around 95 per cent will have access to broadband speeds of 24 megabits per second (Mbps) and above.

The Rodbaston campus is on the A449 south of Penkridge, ST19 5PH. Refreshments will be served from 8.15am.

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