Government Gigabit Scheme a Boon for the Small Business

The government has just launched a new scheme across the UK to assist small to medium sized businesses in upgrading their broadband. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme will see firms being able to claim up to £3,000 to upgrade their broadband.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme will enable smaller companies and the local communities that they are a part of to receive grants of up to £3,000, allowing them to upgrade their broadband to a Gigabit-capable connection.

This means that companies will find it easier to take advantage of today’s modern working technologies such as VoIP, cloud-conferencing and other hosted solutions known to save time and money and make everyday tasks and communication so much more streamlined and efficient.

The Gigabit Scheme forms part of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme which is backed by a £200 million government investment.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, said: ‘Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and now they can turbo-charge their connectivity with gigabit speeds.

‘By building a full fibre future for Britain we are laying the foundations for a digital infrastructure capable of delivering today what the next generation will need tomorrow.’

The scheme will be supplied by Daisy Group, the largest independent supplier of business communications and IT solutions in the UK. Julien Parven, marketing director of its small to medium sized business division, says: ‘Digital transformation should be a top priority for SMBs and we are passionate about helping companies to get started on that path so that they can maximise the opportunities around them.

‘This scheme to provide customers with greater bandwidth certainly promotes that priority in providing the backbone to launch their digital futures.’

To be eligible for the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, companies must be UK-based; employ fewer than 250 employees; have a turnover of less than 50 million and / or an annual balance sheet total that does not exceed 43 million. Sole traders are also eligible.

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