Grant aid to help local businesses get on the broadand network

Grants of up to �3,000 are available to meet installation costs.
Grants of up to �3,000 are available to meet installation costs.

Businesses in Angus can now apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to boost their broadband.

This comes as part of the government’s broadband connection voucher scheme, which has been extended for a further year.

Each voucher covers up to £3,000 to meet installation costs but businesses can also apply as a group to connect bigger or more complicated premises. Once installed, businesses pay the line rental and VAT.

More than 12,000 vouchers have already been issued to businesses in other local authority areas around the UK. Small businesses in a further 28 local authorities, including Angus, are now eligible to apply.

The benefits of improved broadband connections include increasing profits by offering better services to more satisfied customers; improving customers’ experience with quicker communication and faster file-sharing; reducing software and hardware costs by switching to online data storage and enhancing the way businesses communicate and collaborate through video conference and cloud-based information sharing.

To apply for a broadband grant, businesses should enter their postcode at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk to check eligibility, choose a supplier and fill in an application form or pick an off-the-shelf deal with no forms to fill in. Charities, not for profit organisations and commercial landlords can also apply.

Local companies can receive more news and information directly by signing up for the Business Angus News. The monthly e-newsletter from the council’s business team is for all existing and start-up companies and offers business news, details support and advice and highlights events, training and networking opportunities. Companies can sign up at www.businessangus.com/signup