Businesswomen in Northumberland are set to benefit from a £1.1million superfast broadband fund as part of plans announced by the Prime Minister to ‘to end the gender pay gap in a generation’.
Northumberland successfully bid for a share of the money which is being made available as part of the extension of a Government initiative, announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, to help women take advantage of faster broadband to move their businesses online, expand or set up new businesses.
The £71,000 will inspire women to shape the future of digital Northumberland by accelerating the growth of 20 existing micro businesses and nurturing talent.
Twenty women will be recruited onto a springboard programme which will offer intensive and bespoke support.
A separate programme will offer support for mums to return to work by delivering digital support in children’s centres.
Minister for women, equalities and family justice, Caroline Dinenage, said: “The Government is doing more than ever before to ensure that women have equality in the workplace.
“I am delighted to hear that Northumberland have been awarded funding, so more female entrepreneurs can take advantage of superfast broadband.
“I hope that this fund helps women in Northumberland to take their first step in to the business world.”