A new UK Government incentive will shortly be piloted in the Bristol City Council area to help small and medium sized businesses get gigabit broadband.
Local businesses will get the opportunity to apply for a game-changing gigabit broadband connection, potentially transforming their business operations, productivity and boosting growth. Registered charities and social enterprises could also apply for vouchers worth up to £3,000 to get connected.
The pilot is part of the Government’s £200 million Local Full Fibre Networks programme with Bristol being one of only six areas in the UK which will be trialling a gigabit voucher scheme.
Ahead of the scheme launching in November this year, businesses and organisations are invited to a showcase event on Thursday 12 October at City Hall where they will hear from other businesses about the difference ultrafast broadband has made, meet the suppliers and pre-register for the voucher scheme.
Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance said: “We’re delighted to be piloting this UK Government scheme here in Bristol, lowering the cost of getting gigabit broadband for local businesses and organisations. This will also benefit the wider economy of the city as gigabit connected businesses grow at a faster rate. I would urge SME businesses and organisations to join us for the event on 12 October to find out how they can take advantage of this limited offer.”
The scheme will provide businesses that are successful in their application with a gigabit-ready (1,000 Megabits per second) connection, although businesses do not need to take the full gigabit service from the outset.
West of England businesses that already have faster broadband say they now enjoy benefits including; the ability to back up files at a faster rate, host high quality video calls, help employees work more flexibly and get the most out of cloud-based systems.
Councillor Cheney will open the event and be joined by representatives from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local telecoms suppliers and Business West to explain how Bristol businesses and organisations can get a gigabit boost.
The event is free to attend, but please register in advance by visiting https://gigabitbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk .