Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Better Broadband For Businesses

Better broadband for businesses as market testing begins on Connection Vouchers scheme

Businesses in 5 cities can now apply for grants to cover cost of installing faster and better broadband.

A two month market test of the Connection Vouchers scheme, part of the government’s Super-Connected Cities programme, is now under way. The scheme will allow businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband into their premises.

The vouchers scheme aims to stimulate the broadband market to improve digital connectivity in participating cities. It particularly aims to benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs), helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and make the UK a more attractive place for companies to locate and do business.

First 5 cities to benefit
We have been working closely with a handful of cities who have demonstrated that they have the plans in place to take part in the initial market test.

These 5 cities are:

Cardiff
Belfast
Edinburgh
Manchester / Salford

These cities have demonstrated that they meet a set of criteria, including having a credible ‘demand stimulation’ plan in place (to inform businesses about the benefits of getting better broadband) and demonstrable and diverse interest from the supplier market.
Find out more about the scheme and eligibility on the connection vouchers website at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk

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