The Connection Voucher Scheme is now closed. The £40m
made available nationally for the Scheme in 2015/16 has now been fully committed.
The Scheme was funded by the Department for Culture Media and
Sport (DCMS) as part of its Superfast Britain programme. Originally only
available to cities, it was launched in
Northamptonshire by the County Council in April 2015, working with
Coventry City Council.
DCMS closed the Scheme on 16th November 2015.
Over 55,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) have benefitted
nationally, of which more than 37,000 were awarded vouchers since April 2015.
County Council has worked with local partners to promote take up for the scheme
in Northamptonshire. Some 375 local businesses have been awarded vouchers
as a result to improve their broadband connections, collectively worth more
DCMS has stated that businesses benefitting from a
broadband connection delivered by the Scheme were reporting on average, a
£1,300 per year increase in profits, with a new job being created for every
four new connections. This means that for every £1 the UK Government invested
in the Scheme, more than £5 should be returned to the UK economy.
The top 10 most active suppliers include:-
To read more about the benefits which superfast broadband can bring to business click here.
To hear directly from local companies about how superfast broadband is helping their business click here.
You may also be interested in the Special Business Edition of Newsletter 16