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The Connection Voucher Scheme: Why you should upgrade to a faster broadband speed

About the author: Kerry is writing for the broadband comparison website Broadband Genie.

High-speed internet has become increasingly important for businesses this decade. Many are struggling with the limitations of their connection and worry that its slowness is costing them business. Fortunately for UK based businesses, the government has introduced a scheme that will put many businesses on the fast track to a better connection.

Does my business qualify?

There are a number of requirements you must meet before the government will provide you with vouchers, worth up to ?3000, to install your new connection. You can check your eligibility here, but the key points are:

  • You must be located in one of the 23 ‘Superconnected Cities’ eligible for the scheme. The scheme is largely for cities outside of London, though some boroughs are eligible
  • You must be either and SME, Social Enterprise or Charity
  • The cost of setting up the connection must be over ?250
  • The connection must be for your business premises
  • You must not have received more than ?120k of grants in the past 3 years.

If you don’t meet these criteria, it’s worth having a look around for other grants. The government is eager on both a local and national scale for businesses to make use of high speed internet.

What does the voucher cover?

The voucher itself can be put towards the total cost of improving your business? physical connection. This could be for laying fibre optic cabling and installing access points, for example. It cannot be used to pay your monthly bills, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your new service. Also, take care to note that the vouchers cannot be used to pay the VAT on any work that you have done, this will need to be paid out of business finances directly to whoever installs your new connection (For a list of companies that can supply you with a new connection, go here).

Broadband makes businesses better

Superfast broadband opens up a huge range of possibilities for your business. Most notable is the potential for implementing the cloud into your business structure. Cloud computing offers both increased flexibility to your workers as well as increasing accessibility to important and useful files. This increased flexibility and accessibility inevitably results in your business saving both costs and time, as your workers can be much more efficient.

A superfast connection also makes it much easier for your business to store valuable data remotely as well as on site. This will help you to ensure that important information and details are safe from careless deleting, unexpected computer failure or the whole building falling down. You’ll welcome the peace of mind, and your customers will appreciate the precaution.

Faster internet can also have a tremendous impact on your ability to network and spread your business. It allows easy web-conferencing and the easy exchange of documents between you and your customers. Connectivity and interaction are hot topics for growing businesses and superfast broadband will ensure that you stay competitive with other businesses, as well as being attractive to new and current clients.

Join the Superfast age

The Connection Vouchers Scheme is an excellent opportunity to bring your company up to the cutting edge of modern business. Faster internet will allow you to compete with others at a new level and will also mobilise your workforce in hugely beneficial ways. The scheme is proving to be incredibly popular, so act quickly to ensure your business is one of the beneficiaries.