100th broadband connection voucher now issued in Gloucs
Release date: 3 September 2015
Gloucestershire’s broadband connection voucher scheme has seen its 100th voucher issued since it started on 1 April 2015.
Local firms with less than 250 employees can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to boost their broadband connection.
The scheme, which began in Gloucester, has been extended to include Cheltenham plus certain urban and business/trade park post codes in Cotswold, Tewkesbury, Stroud, and the Forest of Dean Districts.
Gloucester City Council manages the scheme, offering businesses a voucher of up to £3,000 to cover installation costs.
Businesses can apply as a group to connect bigger or more complicated premises.
Charities, not for profit organisations and commercial landlords can also apply.
The vouchers also cover home connection if this is the main base of work.
Once installed, organisations pay the line rental and VAT.
Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at Cotswold District Council, said:
“The broadband connection voucher scheme can transform local businesses by boosting communication, productivity and innovation which ultimately leads to more growth. I would urge eligible Cotswold firms to apply for this funding as soon as possible, especially since there are only a few weeks until the offer closes.”
To apply, businesses should visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk and enter their postcode to check their eligibility.
Businesses can then choose a supplier and fill in an application form, or pick an off the shelf deal with no forms to fill in.
Businesses should act quickly if they are interested as the national funding is expected to run out by the end September. All vouchers issued will be honoured, provided installation is completed by 31March 2016.