Unreliable, slow internet connections cost British businesses time and money. The UK economy lost out on £7 Billion in 2016, due to slow internet connectivity and downtime (smallbusiness.co.uk). Fibre broadband offers businesses a faster, more reliable internet connection and the UK Government has made a commitment to a full fibre Britain for British Business. As part of this commitment, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced a £67 Million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is designed to help small businesses with the cost of gigabit capable internet connections. If eligible, businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of their internet solution.
By “gigabit capable internet connection”, we mean one which is capable of being upgraded to 1Gb/s, so you wouldn’t necessarily need to start with this, if you don’t need it immediately i.e. you could have a 100Mb/s connection installed and still be eligible to receive a £2,500 voucher, provided the connection can be upgraded to 1Gb/s. You can learn more about the different types of data connections available to SME's here.
CommsFM is a registered supplier of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
How Does It Work?
Step One - CommsFM will propose a connectivity solution to meet the needs of your business.
Step Two – CommsFM will request a voucher on your company's behalf. The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will confirm you are happy with this via email.
Step Three - We will get to work supplying your new connection.
Step Four - Once you are connected, we will inform the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Step Five - The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will check with you, via email, that the service is live and working.
Step Six - If necessary, The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, may check the connection is working properly after it is installed.
Who Is Eligible?
SME's operating within the UK who meet the following criteria:
If you would like more information on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 975 0700. More information on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is also available on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Website.