Businesses in the Black Country can now benefit from the rollout of the national Broadband Connection Voucher scheme. Wolverhampton City Council is running the scheme on behalf of the Black Country. The scheme offers broadband connection vouchers up to the value of £3000 to eligible SMEs to help with the costs of upgrading to a faster internet connection. Eligibility can be checked on the ‘Business is Great‘ website.
Some of the benefits of a faster, better connection are:
- The opportunity to grow and access new markets through better communication with customers
- Increased security through fast secure back-up of data
- Improved customer service by sending or uploading large files faster
The grant pays for installation costs – that is the capital and equipment costs of upgrading your broadband connection. You are required to pay the VAT charged and the on-going monthly costs.
Service providers will be able to discuss your individual requirements and help you decide what solution is best for you. You can find a full list of those registered for the programme at ‘Business is Great‘.
You can apply either as an individual business, a group of businesses or your landlord could apply on your behalf.