Government Announce Funding Goes Live for Gigabit Internet Connectivity
Following our previous post regarding plans for the government to launch a new funding scheme for Gigabit connectivity, they have now announced this funding scheme is live for small to medium sized businesses in four specified areas of the UK.
Offering a grant of up to £3,000 for businesses to upgrade their internet to a Gigabit capable connection (it only has to be a ‘capable’ connection – you don’t necessarily need to sign up to Gigabit speeds), the scheme is part of the £200 million Local Full Fibre Networks Programme. Designed to help fund regional projects UK-wide, primarily it will support businesses to fulfil their objectives for growth and innovation.
As technology is today seen as a driving force behind economic growth, many solutions – such as hosted and cloud-based technologies, or VoIP based telephony platforms – rely on resilient and high-speed internet access. For those who are not able to invest, they are unable to compete with or advance at the same speed as their competitors.
“Small and medium sized businesses are often held back in this respect, due to the additional investment required to upgrade, which can be hard to justify to board-level management,” Neil Hutchinson, Founder and Director of technology firm, Everything Voice explains. “What this funding essentially does is provide a stepping stone by which they can take the leap, and use the benefits of new technology to realise their full potential.”
Upon its launch, the funding scheme will include areas of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, with the intention of extending to other areas in 2018, click here to see if you’re eligible…
For details on how to apply for funding or support with putting your application form together to achieve a successful outcome, please click here or call 0330 055 3570.