14 February 2019

Gigabit Voucher Scheme – it’s half-time!

It was announced earlier this week that the Government’s Gigabit Voucher Scheme fund – which gives small businesses up to £2,500 to claim against the installation cost a gigabit capable connection – has almost reached its halfway point.

Up to the end of 2018, almost 4,000 businesses and residents have new connections representing £8.7m of vouchers, with a further £16.8m funding being committed for early 2019. The scheme began March last year with a starting total fund of £67m, highlighting that the Gigabit Voucher Scheme has been extremely popular.

However, there are eligibility requirements for the Gigabit Voucher Scheme

In order to qualify, your business must be a small to medium-sized enterprise. This is defined as a business which:

  • Employs fewer than 250 people
  • Has an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million; and/or
  • An annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million (this also includes sole traders)
  • Has not received more than €200k in public grants in the last three years

Registered charities are also included and up to £500 is available for residents in the area as part of a group project led by a supplier.

For more information on eligibility, click here.

How do the vouchers work?

The scheme is only available through registered suppliers.

  1. Therefore, your first step is to find a registered supplier (like us!) who will then request a voucher from the Government

  2. The Government then contact you to double check you’re happy to proceed via email

  3. We get to work to deliver your new connection

  4. Once you’re connected, we’ll notify the Government

  5. The Government then Email you to double check the service is live and working…

  6. … and they could also make some further checks before they pay

Start your fibre revolution today

As a registered supplier, we suggest getting in contact sooner rather than later to get your gigabit voucher.

Give us a call on +44 (0)1173 700 200 or email [email protected] to start your fibre revolution today!