Some of you may not be aware of a scheme currently being run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is aiming to help businesses meet the upfront capital costs of connecting to a better broadband service, and is currently available to Derby businesses.
The ‘Super Connected Cities Programme’ aims to support economic growth and jobs across the city by giving businesses the ability to access high-grade broadband and wireless connectivity, and to stimulate the market to go further and at a faster pace than it would otherwise have done. It is hoped that this investment in the City’s future will help secure a stronger economy and make the UK more competitive in the global race.
To help with the upfront costs of upgrading your broadband, ‘Connection Vouchers’ are currently available for businesses meeting the following criteria:
• You are a SME (Small or Medium Enterprise), Charity or Social Enterprise;
• Your business is located in within the City boundary;
• Your connection cost will be over £250 – if it is less than that scheme are unable to offer you a Voucher;
• You are requesting a connection for your business premises. If your main place of work is at home you are entitled to have a connection there, but not if you just work from home occasionally;
• You are willing to sign up for a minimum 6 month contract with your supplier;
• You select a service that is capable of delivering 30Mbps or higher – there are some detailed requirements on speed that will require checking before applying; Please see the for the detailed requirements
• You have not received more than approx. £120k in grants in the last three years.
We think this is a great incentive for Derby businesses to upgrade their broadband, and with the scheme running until March 2015, you have plenty of time to review your current connectivity levels. Anybody wishing to find out more information should visit http://www.derby.gov.uk/business/superconnected/.
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