Playing digital catch-up

Finance minister Derek Mackay
Finance minister Derek Mackay

A new digital strategy for Scottish business was announced by the Scottish Government this week alongside plans to deliver universal superfast broadband.

However, for many small businesses in Berwickshire, the strategy will mean little until broadband connections are made faster.

Alternative solutions are currently being sought by rural Berwickshire communities themselves to overcome the difficulties of delivering superfast broadband in rural areas and Borders MP Calum Kerr is actively involved in the process.

The Scottish Government plan is for 94.9% of the Borders to have access to fibre broadband and 89.1% to have access to superfast (above 24mbps) by December 2018.

Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Digital is transforming the way we live. It is connecting us faster than ever before.

“Our vision is for Scotland to become even more digitally competitive and attractive.”

Andy Willox, of the Federation of Small Business, said: “Government figures show 75 per cent of Scottish businesses believe digital technology is essential or important to their plans for growth.

“To achieve these ambitions, firms need access to modern digital infrastructure – specifically broadband and mobile coverage. Progress on these fronts cannot come quickly enough.”