AMION, in conjunction with a broadband specialist consultancy (GreySky), provided strategic and technical support to Newport City Council in relation to its successful Super Connected City UBF project submission to the Department of Culture, Media and Support (DCMS) under the ‘second wave’ in December 2012.
Newport was one of 12 cities in the UK to be awarded a share of the £50 million super-connected city fund set up to provide homes and businesses with ultrafast broadband and high speed wireless Internet access on the basis of ambitious and comprehensive plans to develop digital leaders, and support local economic growth, jobs, and investment.
Our specific support to Newport City Council included:
Economic impact – identification of additional business, employment and GVA impacts; monitoring and evaluation – establishing a framework for monitoring and evaluation; benefits maximisation – identifying opportunities for maximising economic impact; demand stimulation – setting out a framework business and community engagement; and overall strategic support – support in relation to shaping, wording, and presenting the bid.
The AMION team was instrumental in our success in securing an approval under the DCMS Super Connected Cities programme, helping us to demonstrate how superfast broadband could help drive growth of business and strategic employment zones in Newport
Mark NeilsonHead of Customer & Information Services at Newport City Council