The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is open to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies, Charities, Small Office Home Office (SOHO's) or Sole Traders based at a business premises or Residential address.
Applicants can apply for funding for the capital costs of installing a new broadband connection directly to a premises in order to access high speed connectivity and capability. The scheme supports:
Please refer to the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme Guidance document for further information.
Is it really worth it?
The application process is relatively painless, and how often do you get something for free? Case closed.
How will it benefit businesses?
High-speed, high-quality, broadband will ensure that businesses increase efficiency and enhance revenues thus maintaining a competitive edge in their market.
Investment will enhance the efficiency of SMEs by improving productivity, reducing transaction costs and allowing them to benefit from economies of scale and scope of services that only larger corporate companies could afford. The enhanced and more affordable connectivity will enable SMEs to interact in new ways with their customers and suppliers, interacting on a greater level locally, nationally and internationally, facilitating import/export opportunities which otherwise would have been out of reach. This will significantly improve efficiency of the SMEs by reducing lead-in times and distribution costs, and will help them work effectively with both customers and suppliers, leading to further efficiencies, and hence revenues will be enhanced.