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Businesses able to become super connected with broadband vouchers

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Kent businesses can now apply for vouchers of up to £3,000 to get better broadband.

The Connection scheme, available in eligible towns across Kent and Medway, is funded by government and administered by Kent County Council. The vouchers allow businesses to start reaping the benefits of faster speeds and better connectivity by covering the cost of upgrading their broadband.

Installation costs are covered by the grant, while businesses pay the monthly line rental and VAT charged to the service provider. It is reported that over a third of small businesses that have received a connection voucher are paying only £40 a month line rental.
The national scheme is part of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK and is running across 50 cities offering a total of £40 million.

The benefits for businesses of an improved faster broadband are numerous, such as upload and download times, backing up data online or using cloud-based software and video calls.

Kent County Council successfully enabled the scheme to be extended in order that businesses in Kent’s urban areas can also apply.

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter said: “Having faster and better broadband is essential these days for businesses wanting to boost their bottom line. It also allows business owners to compete with web-only retailers.

“Utilising the internet can help companies grow and access new markets with better communication with customers and suppliers.

“You will be able to send or upload large files quickly and reliably and future-proof your business for the digital challenges of tomorrow.”

The funding runs until March 31 2016 and may close early if the funding is committed, so it is worth applying sooner rather than later.

Cllr Carter added: “I would urge everyone in the business community to take up this offer and allow your business to grow and flourish and ensure Kent remains the best place in the country to own and run a business.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey added: "Our broadband connection voucher scheme is a huge success and has helped more than 25,000 UK small businesses so far.

“I’m delighted that Kent has joined the scheme and I encourage all eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible so they don't miss out on this fantastic offer."

For more information on eligibility and to how to apply, visit  


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