Connecting Shropshire

September 9, 2014 / 4 comments / Permalink

Women and broadband project

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£75,000 has been made available to Shropshire Council after Connecting Shropshire made a successful bid for funding from Broadband Delivery UK and the Government Equalities

The grant is to run a Women and Broadband project in the Shropshire Council area until March 2015 and will cover all the costs of the project. Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE), based at Harper Adams University, has been appointed to run the project.

Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council Deputy Cabinet member for broadband, said:

“I am pleased that the bid has been successful as the project aims to enable
and to assist women to take advantage of the faster broadband networks we are
building to grow and improve their business or even start-up a new business. We
have great partners to deliver the service with experience in the field. WiRE
is performing a similar role in Staffordshire and we’ll be working with them
where practical to gain economies of scale.”

The project will support women in business, with a programme of conferences, workshops and mentoring for women-led businesses and potential female entrepreneurs across the Shropshire Council area.

The first event is on 18th September, please follow this link to find out more and to book a place.


  1. It’s frequently the case that funding is available to educate different sectors e.g. retired, disabled, ex-servicemen, community groups. This particular funding will help some women who are not sure of the best ways to use and apply technology in an environment that allows them to ask questions and learn at their own pace and I can see value in that.

  2. Are women so feeble-minded that they are unable to understand the concept of internet broadband and will only be able to cope if taxpayers pay to teach them? If true, it is unlikely they will ever become entrepreneurs.

    This is a ridiculous and disgraceful waste of taxpayer’s money. There is a shortfall in funding in rolling out fast broadband to rural areas in Shropshire and surely this money could better be utilised in contributing towards this?