Government funds Swindon businesses’ broadband upgrade

Businesses in Swindon will be able to receive up to £3,000 to boost their broadband services as part of the government’s extension to its broadband connection voucher scheme.

Each voucher from the scheme allows businesses to cover £3,000 worth of installation costs.

However, there is also scope for a group of companies to apply together in order to help connect more complicated projects.

Following installation the businesses are liable to pay line rental and VAT.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This is fantastic news for Swindon as we know how important a fast broadband connection is for businesses across the UK.

We want to make sure that small businesses have the technology they need to compete in the digital age.

This scheme will help tens of thousands of small businesses around the UK and I urge all Swindon businesses to apply for a voucher from April 2015 onwards.”

Successful applicants to the scheme are expected to improve customer service by providing quicker communication links, reduce costs by using online data storage and connect businesses locally and nationally with video conferences or cloud-data sharing.

Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for the economy, regeneration and skills, Councillor Garry Perkins, said: “This announcement further builds on our commitment to helping the local economy and comes after our plans to roll out superfast broadband across almost the entire borough were approved by cabinet recently.”

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