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Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme

We are an approved Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme supplier.

 

The new Government Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme has replaced the two-year SuperConnected Cities Voucher Scheme that was rolled out in 2014. Its launch will see £200 million of funding made available and will be handled via applications to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and local bodies.

 

Four locations – see below – are currently being trialled with the aim of supporting the installation of gigabit-capable leased lines or local full fibre services to businesses or clusters of businesses to make them more competitive and profitable:
 

  • Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
  • Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset
  • Coventry & Warwickshire
  • West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York)
     

Businesses will not be required to subscribe to gigabit services, but the leased line connections must be capable of supporting these speeds – both upload and download - from day one. The funding contributes between £500 and £3,000 towards installing these connections, but does not cover VAT or monthly costs.
 

Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme


Why upgrade your internet connection?
SuperConnected Cities Voucher Scheme saw thousands of businesses benefit from subsidised upfront capital costs to get a better connection to their premises. It placed the grant directly in the hands of the small business, avoiding centralised procurement processes and let them choose the solution and the supplier that worked best for them. The scheme was expanded to 50 cities in 2015 due to its success. 

 

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme Impact and Benefits Study released in July 2017 revealed: 
 

  • 42,500 small firms substantially improved their internet connection - on average new services were 18 times faster
  • The UK benefitted by at least £8 for every £1 spent
  • One in four firms employed an extra full-time member of staff and each made an average of £1,300 more profit per annum, through being more efficient and effective, and providing more reliable and faster delivery of goods and services
  • More than 6,000 businesses pooled their voucher with others in group schemes to get ultrafast connections at guaranteed speeds in areas previously prohibitively expensive and at reduced ongoing costs
  • The scheme encouraged competition and consumer choice with 87% of funding going to smaller suppliers providing specialised services, like swcomms


What now?
Find out if you are eligible by reading our guidelines below and Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s terms and conditions.
 

  • Your business is within an eligible area; one of the four areas taking part in pilot scheme
  • You are a SME
  • You employ less than 250 people
  • You have a turnover of less than €50m and/or have a balance sheet of less than €43m
  • You must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last three years
  • Your new connection costs at least £500
  • You do not already have a gigabit capable connection
  • Your new connection has a minimum speed of 100Mbps and represent at least a doubling of speed compared to the service you have now
  • The contract for service that you enter into with your chosen supplier, i.e. swcomms, must be for a minimum of 12 months of which at least six months will be fully paid

 

Contact us
As a registered supplier (see South West Communications Group Ltd listing), we will quote you for our pre-registered and approved package for a gigabit leased line connection and will claim the voucher on your behalf. If you find you are unable to afford gigabit services, we can advise you on the fast and reliable business alternatives avaiable.

 

Start your application by emailing us here