Superfast broadband has arrived in Chard, as the Somerset town becomes the latest community to benefit from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme, set up to deliver superfast fibre broadband.

An event was held at local firm One Step Recruitment, one of the first companies to connect to superfast broadband in the town.

To see the new connection in action were Jenny Kenton, Mayor of Chard, Garry Shorland, chair of the Chard Town + Team, Dan Shortland, One Step Branch Manager and representatives of  Connecting Devon and Somerset and BT.

David Laws, Education Minister and Yeovil MP, said: “I’m delighted for everybody in Chard who now has the opportunity to access superfast broadband as a result of the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. The ability to access high quality communications infrastructure is both critical to businesses and an important part of improving quality of life, and the more people across Devon and Somerset who are connected, the better for everybody.”

One of the first companies to sign up, One Step Recruitment, has an office in Holyrood Street, Chard, as well as Taunton and Yeovil. Branch manager Dan Shortland said: “Superfast broadband is a massive plus not only for businesses like ours, but for our clients and candidates. Being able to upload and download information quickly makes the whole process of helping people into the right jobs so much easier.”