Broadband Connection Vouchers are being delivered by 50 cities across the UK. Each local scheme is designed to meet the needs of their local area and to help local businesses to grow and develop. The Government has extended the Connection Voucher Scheme with £40m of funding. The Scheme is managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Our CEO Perry Ashby comments on the benefits of applying for the scheme.
BDUK recently announced, “There is currently £17 Million remaining in the BDUK fund for connections”, on average they have been approving £1 Million vouchers a week. They predict that if the current momentum continues at the same rate, BDUK will cease the vouchers by the December 2015.
Not only that, but any installations that take place after the Scheme officially ends on 31st March 2016 may not be eligible for funding.
So the question is this: do you bring forward your connectivity review to take advantage of free installation on a whole range of leased line technologies, or do you ignore the opportunity and wait until your business desperately needs better connectivity?
It’s worth bearing in mind that letting this chance go is to risk potentially limiting yourself to access technologies that can transform your business, provide a step improvement to your peers still struggling away on ADSL, and deliver reliability and guaranteed SLAs.
I’m sure you’ve always been told not to look a gift horse in the mouth. After all, free money doesn’t grow on trees. But before I go metaphor-crazy, the point I want to get to is this; are you really going to ignore such an opportunity to ensure your business leads, or at the very minimum keeps up with its competitors in this digital age?
More and more companies are using cloud based technologies to become more agile and productive, and connectivity is key to this revolution. It could pay to bring forward your connectivity review in order to take advantage of the Connection Voucher Scheme before that particular pot runs dry.