Firms in Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds will soon be able to apply for vouchers which will give them up to £3,000 off installation costs for next-gen broadband.
The government’s Super Connected Cities scheme is aimed at giving small to medium businesses a leg up. The programme is being run in 22 cities across the UK and Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds are the latest places to benefit.
ISPs taking part in the scheme include CityFibre, Zen Internet, Virgin Media Business (Birmingham) and BT, Origin Broadband and Metronet UK (Bradford and Leeds).
Companies will be able to apply for money off the installation of a variety of services and solutions including FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet), FTTP (Fibre to the Premises), Fibre on Demand, leased line and microwave broadband.
Metronet UK has so far connected nearly 70 voucher customers across the UK so far. Kate Rennicks, Head of Voucher Operations at Metronet UK said: “SMEs in Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford have a massive opportunity here to future proof their Internet needs for years to come.
“We know that that poor Internet services have a detrimental impact on economic growth and slow speeds hold businesses back. So far on this scheme, we’ve seen a wide variety of organisations that have benefitted, including law firms, film production companies, art studios, architects and social care charities.”
Metronet UK has been busy connecting companies across Manchester and Burnley as part of the scheme. Pure fibre ISP Hyperoptic has also been offering businesses in Manchester, Salford, Edinburgh and Cardiff the chance to connect to gigabit broadband under the vouchers scheme.
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