The Complete Guide to SuperConnected Cities Connection Vouchers
Save up to £3,000 on the cost of a high speed internet connection with a government grant! Under the “SuperConnected Cities” Connection Voucher scheme, the Government is handing out up to £3,000 per business towards the cost of a faster and better internet connection. If you’re in one of the selected cities and you’re running a small or medium-sized business (SME), a social enterprise or a charity – you qualify for funding. Want to know more? – Download our Complete Guide Our complete guide to the SuperConnected Cities connection voucher cover every aspect of getting your business up to £3,000 FREE from the government towards a faster internet connection. The Guide covers
- What is the SuperConnected Cities Voucher scheme?
- Is your business eligible?
- What are the “SuperConnected” Cities?
- How to apply
- Why should you upgrade to a faster connection?
- Ready for a quote?
Supercharge your business from just £29.95 a month with fibre optic business broadband or give your organisation a dedicated internet leased line connection with speeds up to 1Gbit/s – both up and down. The 50 SuperConnected Cities are:
- Bournemouth City Region
- Cardiff Capital Region
- Derby and Chesterfield
- Derry City & Strabane District
- Dundee City and Angus
- Glasgow and Clyde Valley
- Greater Brighton City Region
- Greater Cambridge
- Greater Ipswich
- Greater Manchester
- Greater Southampton
- Liverpool City Region
- Middlesbrough and Tees Valley
- Milton Keynes
- Perth City Region
- Preston and South Ribble
- South Yorkshire
- Southend on Sea
- Stoke on Trent
- York, Harrogate and Selby
The scheme is open until March 2016, however the vouchers are available on a first come first served basis so don’t delay!Contact Us
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. So, what’s the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme all about? The Connection Voucher Scheme is part of a UK Government initiative to help SMEs connect to better internet speeds. We all know the benefits of superfast connections, making a business more efficient, cheaper to run and encouraging business growth. But sometimes, upfront costs can create cash flow issues for small businesses. To help out, budget has been allocated to 22 city councils. The Government wants SMEs to benefit from 30Mb+ speeds, so will be offering them from £100 and up to £3,000 towards connection and any construction charges.
Q. Is it a business loan? No, it’s a grant rather than a loan, so they don’t have to pay it back. Customers just pay the VAT, any amount over £3,000 and the monthly subscription cost.
Q. That’s great for businesses looking to improve their internet speeds. What internet connection does this initiative apply to? Any service offering 30Mb download speeds or more.
Q. So how and when will the scheme be rolled out? 22 SuperConnected Cities have been selected in the UK to benefit from this scheme.
The eligible cities are: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Derry/Londonderry, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford and York. The scheme is due to run until March 2015.
Q. Can anyone apply for funding? Most SME’s within one of the twenty two super connected cities can apply. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is administered by City Councils so may operate differently depending on each City Council’s policy. If businesses are looking to apply they should go directly to their council. They can see if they are eligible to apply for funding and use the handy postcode checker at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk.
Q. So who is eligible to apply for funding? Businesses applying must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) as defined by the European Commission. This means they employ between 1 and 249 staff and their annual turnover doesn’t exceed approximately £40 million. They need to be in a valid postcode area for the scheme and it needs to be the registered office or trading address of the business. If they work from a residential property as their main business base they can still apply. Registered charities, social enterprises and sole traders that meet this SME criteria are also very welcome to apply too.
Q. Are there any exceptions of who can apply? Yes, as with all schemes, there are exemptions to the types of businesses that can apply, but please check with your individual council as these exceptions may differ from council to council.
If a customer is a tenant of a business park or a commercial property landlord, they must have the approval of their landlord to proceed with the work and they must not already have a fast broadband connection to their property (30Mb+).
There are also other rules like customers are exempt if they have already received public sector funding to improve the broadband connectivity of their property. But all information can be found on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website.
Q. How do customers apply for the scheme? Once the customer has checked they are eligible and read the full terms and conditions for their city, they should then complete the application form along with their quote from ANLX.Contact Us
- Get a Quote from ANLX for your High Speed Internet
- Check that you are eligible
- Read the terms and conditions for your city
- Apply online at: www.connectionvouchers.co.uk