The £100m Government Connected Voucher Scheme initiative allows SMEs, not for profit organisations and charities in some cities up to £3,000 in grant funding to improve their connectivity - allowing them to improve efficiency and customer interaction without the spend.
The scheme is expanding into Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee and Inverness today meaning businesses in seven Scottish cities can access the funding.
Andy Arkle, commercial director at Commsworld, said: "For some small businesses the overall benefits of faster broadband are not obvious, but they are tangible, immediate and can have a huge impact on efficiency and the bottom line."
He added: "The only mystery is why more businesses in Edinburgh, Perth and Aberdeen haven’t accessed the funding, but this could be great news for firms in Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling and Dundee as there is a substantial pot of money to apply for."
The UK wide scheme got off to a slow start in terms of interest from SMEs but momentum is now building. In March, network communications news website ISP review reported that the scheme has so far helped 14,000 SMEs gain access to better connectivity.
The scheme is aimed at improving broadband and mobile infrastructure throughout the UK. Edinburgh City Council partnered with the government for the pilot scheme and Edinburgh was then included in the ten city official launch in December 2013.
To be eligible for the scheme, businesses must gain one quote from an authorised provider list, the cost must be over £200 with up to £3000 funding available, it must be for a business premises and you must sign up to a 12 month contract. Full details are available on city council websites as well as https://www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/.
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