Tap into grant for upgrading broadband

Your business can get a connection voucher of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

Businesses within the promotional merchandise industry are eligible for the grant after the Government extended its Connection Voucher Scheme to 50 cities across the UK with £40m of funding.  The scheme is managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

The scheme allows SME businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband. So far, more than 25,000 businesses have received grants.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Businesses need to be properly equipped for all the challenges of the digital world in which we live and I urge all eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out on the fantastic offer. The grant, in the form of a voucher, is part of the government’s broadband transformation across the nation, helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and making the UK the best place in the world to do business.”

Benefits include quicker communication and faster file-sharing, increasing profits by offering a better service to customers, reducing software and hardware costs by being more able to switch to online data storage, and enhancing the ability of online video conferencing and cloud-based information sharing.

The scheme is available until March 31, 2016. Visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk or email enquiries@bpma.co.uk.

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