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SERIO to Conduct New Longitudinal Business Survey for Superfast Cornwall

SERIO has been appointed by Cornwall Development Company to undertake a longitudinal survey of businesses connected to Superfast Cornwall, the largest ever single European investment in superfast broadband infrastructure.

The research will complement the existing evaluation of Superfast Cornwall, in which SERIO is heavily involved, by exploring the economic, social and environmental impact of superfast broadband on businesses that are already connected.

In-depth interviews, using a mix of quantitative and qualitative questions, will be conducted with at least 50 businesses over two separate survey waves between January 2014 and March 2015. The interviews will assess the quantitative impacts of superfast, including jobs created as a result of the programme, as well as additional impacts such as innovation in products, services and processes, access to new markets, and implications for workplace skills requirements. In addition the research will explore social and environmental impacts, such as any increases in the use of teleconferencing or home-working.

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