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SuperFast Britain – The BDUK Connection Voucher Scheme

Financial support to help your business work faster and smarter

To encourage UK businesses to improve their connectivity, the government has set aside £150m to contribute towards the costs of upgrading, enabling them to benefit from technologies that support business growth and give them a competitive advantage.

The BDUK Connection Voucher Scheme provides financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises to get superfast fibre connections or use against Ethernet upgrade costs.

Hundreds of UK businesses, registered charities and social enterprises are already benefitting from affordable superfast broadband. The scheme has been extended until March 2016 – so make sure you take advantage now.

In simple terms…

Government vouchers of up to £3000 (excl VAT) are available for every eligible applicant to offset the cost of connecting to the internet at superfast speeds, providing that they meet the initiative’s conditions.

The non-repayable grant applies to any connectivity service that costs more than £100 and offers 30Mb download speeds or more.

Are you eligible?

In order to benefit from the scheme, your business must be located within a defined postcode in any of the following cities across the UK.

  • Greater Cambridge
  • Greater Ipswich
  • Norwich
  • Peterborough
  • Southend on Sea
  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Derby and Chesterfield
  • Leicester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Stoke on Trent
  • Wolverhampton
  • Greater Manchester
  • Kingston-upon-Hull
  • Leeds-Bradford
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Middlesbrough and Tees Valley
  • Newcastle
  • Preston and South Ribble
  • South Yorkshire
  • Sunderland
  • York, Harrogate and Selby
  • Bournemouth City Region
  • Chelmsford
  • Greater Brighton City Region
  • Greater Southampton
  • London
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Southend on Sea
  • Bristol
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Plymouth
  • Swindon
  • Belfast
  • Derry City and Strabane District
  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee City and Angus
  • Edinburgh and South East Scotland
  • Glasgow and Clyde Valley
  • Inverness
  • Perth City Region
  • Stirling
  • Cardiff Capital Region
  • Newport
  • Swansea Bay City Region

In addition to this your business must also meet the criteria of a small to medium enterprise as defined by the European Commission . In simple terms these are:

• you employ between 1 and 249 staff or volunteers

• your turnover is less than £41 million and/or balance sheet under £35.5m*

Each council area may also have certain specific criteria.

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