CityFibre has become the first organisation of 2019 to join the Mid Yorkshire Chamber’s patronage scheme, further supporting its continued efforts to connect, support and represent businesses across the Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield districts.

Taking on the responsibilities of a patron, CityFibre will provide an invaluable level of support to the Chamber and its activities on behalf of the business community.

Established in 2011, CityFibre is the organisation behind Huddersfield’s ongoing transformation into a gigabit town. As the UK’s leading alternative provider of wholesale full fibre network infrastructure, it is currently working with Vodafone to give five million UK homes and businesses access to this gold standard in connectivity by 2025.

In Huddersfield specifically, CityFibre is investing £30m in extending the town’s existing full fibre network to almost every home and business, giving residents access to gigabit speeds and near limitless bandwidth. Construction commenced in January and services will start to go live from summer 2019.

This investment will not only benefit the community by providing better broadband, it will futureproof its infrastructure for future technological developments and support economic growth by driving productivity, innovation and inward investment.

Steve Moore, CityFibre’s city development manager for Huddersfield, said: “Yorkshire is a hugely important region for CityFibre, which is why we are so excited to be joining Mid Yorkshire Chamber this year.

“As an ambitious community with a track record in embracing digital technology, Huddersfield has so much to gain from fresh investment in its broadband infrastructure. For instance, recent research estimates that over the next 15 years, the roll-out of full fibre could unlock £18m in business productivity and innovation, and £11m from new start-up activity.

“Digital investment has the ability to transform businesses and communities, and in the year ahead, we want to work with as many businesses and organisations as possible to raise awareness of our plans for the town.

“Joining the Chamber means we can ensure everyone understands the long-term importance of reliable, ultrafast speed and limitless capacity broadband to their business, now and in the future.”

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce drives growth amongst businesses through their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities of both now and the future, by offering the most relevant and value adding services and benefits, to ensure members remain connected, supported and represented locally, nationally and internationally.

The recent patronage will allow both organisations to access added benefits and services including; monthly networking events, shared public relations and promotion of events and news, providing greater opportunities for local businesses.

Martin Hathaway, managing director of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We are extremely proud to welcome CityFibre as a Patron as we begin our 2019 development plans.

By enhancing our relationship with them, we hope to open up more opportunities for businesses in the district and continue supporting their growth.”

CityFibre joins The Piece Hall Trust, Eaton Smith, Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation and Huddersfield Giants to becomes the Chamber’s seventh patron.