Connecting Businesses

Superfast broadband is essential to the economic growth of Cambridgeshire

Fast, reliable Internet connections are vital for economic growth because it means businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can thrive and compete in a global world.

Increasing numbers of people work flexibly from home and better broadband means they can keep connected without having to spend time and money travelling.

 

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 a £67 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was announced.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, go to: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

 

Connecting Cambridgeshire has already rolled out superfast broadband to thousands of businesses and homes that would not be able to get it otherwise.

The programme has also helped almost 2000 businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get connected, buy the latest technology, gain vital digital skills and create jobs, through several Government and European Union funded grant schemes.

The Destination Digital business support, Connection Voucher and Women and Broadband schemes are now closed. Read here how businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have benefitted.

Our Smart Cambridge programme is harnessing data and emerging technologies to improve the economic strength and sustainability of the area. Find out more here.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is also working to extend wifi and mobile coverage, which is important for businesspeople on the move. Read more about public wifi in Cambridgeshire here.

Read our Broadband Guide to find out more about the benefits of superfast broadband for businesses.

You may also find some useful information on the following pages:
> Click here to view The Toolkit for Women
> Click here to view The Learning Hub