More money to be invested in the women and broadband challenge fund


An investment in female entrepreneurs has been extended to support more women across Milton Keynes and Bedford, it has been announced.

An additional 50k will see Milton Keynes & Bedfordshire set up a women’s digital enterprise/start-up and growth service supported by a local peer-to-peer mentor network. Learn, Show and Grow events will showcase women who have adopted tech to inspire others.

The government’s women and broadband programme will build digital inclusion into all activity and embed digital skills in business support networks.

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart said: “This is really good news for local Women Entrepreneurs.

“The government is significantly investing in Broadband with more than £1billion going into better broadband and mobile infrastructure across the UK.”

He added: “MK is becoming a hub for successful business women and entrepreneurs. The first Women Leaders awards that will be held in November will be a great opportunity to show them off.

“Hopefully this funding will add to the local opportunities available and I very much look forward to seeing the new projects up and running.”

The aim of the challenge fund, which was created in 2014 is to help take their business online and take advantage of superfast broadband.

The government is making available a further £1.1 million help women take advantage of superfast broadband to either start a business or work from home. This is in addition to the £1.1m the Government has already invested.

Mark Lancaster MP said: “This is very encouraging news, particularly for many women in MK who need that extra support to drive their business forward.

“An additional £50K investment to inspire new start-up businesses is a strategy I wholeheartedly endorse.”