Virgin Media to support small businesses with new “4 times faster” broadband

The internet services provider is also developing Voom Pioneers, a geo-located app for UK entrepreneurs looking to share advice and collaborate

Virgin Media Business has today announced the launch of Voom Fibre broadband, which will offer UK small businesses expected download speeds of up to 350Mbps – a speed Virgin claims is four times faster than the standard currently available on the market.

Available from Tuesday 2 May in price plans starting at £30 per month, Voom Fibre will be offered to all UK start-ups and small enterprises in a bid to “unleash every small business by providing the digital backbone they need”.

Part of Virgin Media’s £3bn investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure, the company claims it can currently guarantee Voom Fibre speeds of 200Mbps, with this number expected to reach 350Mbps as the network grows.

The business broadband provider has also announced plans to develop its existing Virgin Media Pioneers community into Voom Pioneers, a new geo-located app aiming to connect entrepreneurs seeking advice and collaboration with others who can provide it.

Alongside the original Virgin Media Pioneers, Virgin is hoping to tap into its 7,500 VOOM competition entrants – as well as entrepreneurs who have mentored entrants and voted in the contest – to form the platform’s core group of advice providers.

Open to budding entrepreneurs as well as established small business and start-up owners, Virgin hopes Voom Pioneers will “connect as many of the 5.4 million UK small businesses as possible”.

On the launch of Voom Fibre, Virgin Media Business managing director Peter Kelly commented:

“For UK small business to thrive in this evolving digital economy they should have the technical ability and capacity in place so they can focus on development and growth, we are removing a barrier and enabling them to fulfil their digital potential – offering them all the speed they need to achieve success.”

On Voom Pioneers, Kelly added: “Entrepreneurship and endeavour requires more than a fast broadband connection. It requires ongoing support and a community of like-minded individuals to nurture and accelerate entrepreneurship into the future.”

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