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Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey urges businesses to apply for £3,000 broadband grants before it’s too late. Columbus is a registered supplier of the scheme and any customer requiring a better broadband service should talk to us as they may benefit from the government funding. More than 40,000 small and medium businesses (SMEs) across the UK have now benefitted from the Government’s Broadband Connection voucher scheme. The scheme, which helps SMEs get connected to superfast broadband has seen an increase in demand over the last few months, but time is running out to take advantage of the initiative.

The Government made £40m of scheme funding available in 2015/16 and the vouchers are being issued on a “first come, first served” basis. Funds have not been ring fenced for individual cities, and with more than 1,000 applications now being received each week, Government is encouraging all eligible businesses to apply before the available funds are exhausted. The scheme allows 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 40,000 businesses in the 50 cities across the UK participating in the scheme have had grants approved. The scheme has helped a variety of businesses to date, including architects, graphic designers, marketing agencies, travel agents, estate agents, mechanics, events coordinators, solicitors, cafes and caterers. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

Our offer to small businesses has been a tremendous success and is proving incredibly popular. More than 40,000 businesses have already taken up our offer which is aimed at boosting both their broadband speeds as well as their bottom line. Businesses need to act now to ensure they don’t miss out on this fantastic offer and I’m urging all eligible businesses to apply now before it’s too late. The grant, in the form of a voucher, is part of the government’s transformation of the UK’s digital landscape, helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and making the UK the best place in the world to do business. Vouchers issued as at 25 August 2015:

  • Scotland – 2,087
  • Wales – 2,042
  • Northern Ireland – 1,867
  • North West – 6,344
  • North East – 1,291
  • Yorks and Humber – 5,734
  • Midlands – 5,179
  • London – 11,664
  • East of England – 1,407
  • South East – 1,592
  • South West – 1,734

Benefits small businesses are seeing as a result of a faster connection include:

  • Growing and accessing new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers
  • Increasing security through fast secure back-up of data
  • Increasing productivity and improving customer service through faster upload and download speeds

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