In March 2012 Bristol was awarded £11.3m by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport after successfully bidding to be recognised as a Superconnected City. You can download a copy of Bristol’s original bid here [10mb pdf].
Bristol has received £4.8m of this Superconnected Cities funding to provide connection vouchers which help small and medium sized businesses gain access to high speed, high grade broadband.
Connection Vouchers cover the upfront capital cost of broadband installation up to the value of £3,000. Bristol businesses are eligible to apply for the connection vouchers, providing they have fewer than 250 employees, a turnover of less than £40m and meet EU ‘de minimis’ criteria.
High speed, high grade broadband presents many benefits to businesses across all sectors. It can empower businesses to operate more efficiently, saving time and resources, therefore increasing productivity and helping them be more competitive in their sector. Practical benefits – among many – include transferring large files quickly, remote working, streaming online content more efficiently, and accessing cloud storage (reducing the need for costly servers).
Demand for the vouchers is expected to be high so businesses in Bristol are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Small & medium sized businesses in Bristol: The city has a specific section on the national connection voucher scheme website where you can access everything you need to know about the scheme, and apply for a voucher. On here you will also find a list of broadband suppliers that are registered with the scheme and operating in Bristol.
Don’t miss out on the chance to upgrade to high grade, high speed broadband and save up to £3,000 in connection costs. Further information is available on National Voucher Scheme website.
Are you a broadband supplier operating in Bristol? The Connection Vouchers Scheme is accepting new applications to join the list of registered suppliers that businesses can use under the Connection Voucher Scheme.