Hundreds of businesses sign up for superfast broadband

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Over 460 broadband connection vouchers have been issued to businesses in Hull since April this year.

Small and medium sized businesses in the Hull and East Riding area are able to apply for grants of between £100 and £3,000 in order to boost their broadband following the extension of the government backed scheme in April.

Following the launch earlier this year Hull is currently ranked second for the number of vouchers issued out of the 28 cities which joined the scheme, and businesses including bars, cafes, architects, designers, manufacturers and charities have snapped up the opportunity to be a part of this.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination, said:

Since this scheme was implemented locally it has got off to a great start and we are keen for the momentum to continue.

Businesses needing to significantly expand their capacity can now get help with the installation of superfast broadband and have access to the technology required to help them compete in a digital age.

I would urge businesses who are thinking about either upgrading to or taking superfast broadband to apply as quickly as possible.

Superfast broadband can help your business to:

  • Increase business efficiency and productivity
  • Reduce downtime
  • Access cloud computing, to save resources associated with in-house servers and IT infrastructure
  • Save money by accessing things like internet-based telephone systems and high quality video conferencing
  • Grow and access new markets
  • Future-proof your business with infrastructure that is ready for change
    Each voucher covers up to £3,000 of installation costs but businesses can also apply as a group to connect bigger or more complicated premises. Once installed, businesses pay the line rental and VAT.

There is no decision by the Government yet on whether the scheme will be extended, therefore businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the broadband scheme whilst they can.

It’s a simple process to sign up for the funding, and businesses will usually hear within 48 hours whether they have been successful. Interested businesses are urged to go online and apply for a connection voucher via the Broadband Connection Voucher website:

www.hullmeansbusiness.com/bbvouchers