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Coventry businesses and organisations to get vouchers to install better broadband

Business and charity organisations in Coventry are being urged to take advantage of the voucher scheme worth up to £3,000 to improve broadband connectivity.

The scheme is being run by Super Connected Coventry by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the Super Connected Cities and Superfast Britain initiatives.

One of the backers of the scheme, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said this would provide financial support towards improving high-speed connectivity within the Coventry City Council area.

Vouchers to cover the costs of connection between £250 and £3,000 will be paid directly to suppliers to cover charges such as the Ethernet, a leased line or wireless services with businesses paying the VAT which is more than the value of the vouchers as well as the on-going subscription to the service provider.

As well as small businesses, social enterprises or third-party organisations whose trading addresses are within Coventry City Council’s boundary, agents or landlords can also apply as long as tenants complete the forms.

Councillor Lynnette Kelly, cabinet member for business, enterprise and employment and LEP board director, said this was an extremely worthwhile and important scheme in improving slow broadband or helping those who have an unsuitable broadband service.

“It can be extremely frustrating for companies when their day-to-day business is delayed because of a slow broadband service,” she said.

“Super Connected Coventry is designed to boost connectivity by improving communication with customers and staff, reducing costs because work is carried out more efficiently, improving data storage and accessibility, introducing higher speeds for uploading and downloading for larger files and improving service reliability.”

A list of registered suppliers can be found here. More details on the scheme can be found here.

Image: Geograph/ David Dixon

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