Government scheme offers cash to Portsmouth firms in bid to boost Britain's broadband speed

BUSINESSES are being urged to make use of a £2,500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds before the scheme closes due to high demand.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 3:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 4:22 pm
TheFederation of Small Businesses National Chairman Mike Cherry.
TheFederation of Small Businesses National Chairman Mike Cherry.

The government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has already helped more than 7,000 businesses and surrounding homes, who have used the vouchers to contribute to, and in many cases fully fund, the installation cost of a full fibre gigabit capable connectiomn.

The £67m scheme was initially expected to run until March 2021, but high demand for vouchers means that funds are now expected to be committed a year earlier. 

Minister for Digital Margot James said: '˜These vouchers provide practical and immediate help to firms struggling with slow broadband speeds.I encourage small businesses around the UK to apply now.' 

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The scheme is part of a series of government initiatives to build a Britain with nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2033, making sure no communities are left behind.

In addition to the voucher scheme, the chancellor recently announced £200m for an '˜outside-in' approach that will see full fibre broadband rolled out in the hardest to reach rural locations at the same pace as the rest of the country. The Borderlands, Cornwall, and Welsh valleys will be among the first areas to be targeted.

Federation of Small Business national chairman Mike Cherry said: '˜Access to good broadband is vital for small businesses across the UK, and with the clock ticking on this scheme, it's important small businesses don't delay if they want to apply for funding.' 

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