High-speed connectivity funding extended to SMBs UK-wide, from April 2018

It’s good news for Small and Medium sized businesses (SMBs) across the UK, following the success of a pilot funding scheme for faster connectivity which took place in the first quarter of 2018. Providing up to £3,000 to SMBs initially to access high performance internet, this has now been reduced to £2,500. The initial pilot scheme saw many hundreds of organisations take up the offer, and is now being extended to eligible businesses UK wide.

What the funding includes

Full Fibre Internet connections offer the fastest and most reliable service available and enable SMBs to compete more effectively, enhance technology and raise productivity. Whether your business is looking to achieve one or more of these objectives, or simply get better value from your internet service, this funding will help you succeed.

It is for this reason the government is committed to achieving it’s vision of creating a ‘full-fibre Britain’. As part of this commitment, the DCMS announced a further £67m pot of funding is now available, which can be accessed by SMBs on a strictly first come, first served basis. Each business can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of a pre-approved high-speed Internet connection, delivered by a supplier registered to the scheme.

How to access the funding

Following an announcement on the 27th March 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that a further round of funding has now been released. Only specialist suppliers of connectivity which are registered with the scheme and have had their packages agreed by the DCMS, can be used to access the funding.

As a registered supplier to the scheme, we at Everything Voice have seven agreed packages for accessing high-speed internet of varying degrees, depending on your requirements and the quality of connection you require. The process is much simpler than previous schemes and we as a supplier are finding that applications are being approved sometimes the same day, but on average within 48 hours.

Furthermore, there are no long-winded application forms to complete, multiple quotations are not required, and there is no complex eligibility criteria to meet. Instead, supplier vetting is very stringent, with suppliers being asked to prove many things to become registered to the scheme – taking away the burden from applicants.

Step by step process:

1.       Find a registered supplier (that’s us!) and sign up for a £2,500 voucher below

2.       Provide your business postcode and required internet speed (from 100Mbps – 1Gbps)

3.       Your supplier then provides a quote and on your approval, requests a voucher from the DCMS

4.       Your supplier starts work on providing your new connection and confirms once completed

6.       The DCMS checks with you that the service is live and the voucher is then awarded

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