Government broadband scheme helps 55,000 businesses get connected

Getting businesses connected
Getting businesses connected

More than 55,000 businesses employing up to one million people across the UK have taken advantage of a Government scheme to boost their broadband connectivity. 5% of these businesses are located in Wales, with over 2,800 businesses taking up the offer.

The Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme was designed to get SMEs moving into a faster digital market and connected to superfast broadband. The initiative - which has now allocated all of the £40m available funding since April 2015 - gave businesses the chance to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband. Hugely successful, the scheme has helped a variety of businesses, including architects, estate agents, mechanics, events coordinators, cafes, graphic designers and caterers.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Our Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme has been a tremendous success. More than 55,000 small businesses across the UK have taken up the offer, many of which are already seeing significant boosts to their business as a result of improved broadband speeds. We’re transforming the UK’s digital landscape, helping cities to create new jobs and attract investment to make the UK an enviable business destination.”