The Government have recognised the need for full fibre gigabit capable connectivity in the UK and the latest voucher scheme has been aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises, along with the local communities surrounding them, gain access to gigabit broadband by providing grants towards the installation cost of getting fibre to your door.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced this new Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in March this year, it is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme which is a Government fund set up to help locally led projects across the UK leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre, which is the “gold standard” for fast and reliable broadband.
There is up to £2500 available for Businesses and £500 for Residential for B4RN to fund your connection. What does this mean? If you are sole trader, run a farm, partnership, ltd company, etc. Then you apply for the business grant and all other connections will be residential. It only applies if you sign up to B4RN for a 12 month contract. The below will happen if you do your paperwork and e-mails correctly.
- For Businesses your £150 connection fee is covered by the GBVS
- For Businesses there is £300 to cover costs of install
- For Residential there is £150 to cover costs of install
So essentially if you sign up for a 12 month contract then you get cash back and businesses get a free connection.
Proof of business from your property will need to be evidenced by some form of HMRC documentation or utility bill in the business name.
What next ?
Its all about timing, we need to sign you up to the scheme just before we dig to you. Drop firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to but your sign up will have told us you run business so we will be in touch with a sign up in a timely manor.
When you sign up we will need the following info…
- Business name
- Address to be connected to B4RN
- Company number or Sole Trader / Partnership UTR No.
- Telephone number
- Current connection speed – this can be done at http://www.speedtest.net/
Once you are signed up, you will then need to confirm your connection on an online portal then verify your connection after you go live.
B4MS GBVS sign up here