Funding extended to help Yorkshire SMEs boost broadband

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Funding extended to help Yorkshire SMEs boost broadband
Muz Mumtaz

The Government-backed Digital Enterprise programme has been extended to offer funding for a wider range of connectivity and broadband projects across Yorkshire.

Funding starts from £500 with up to £1,000 of funding available to help firms cover the costs.

Launched in 2017 as a one-off £1,000 contribution towards improving connection speeds for companies in the Leeds City Region, Connectivity Vouchers have now been extended to cover the costs of smaller projects, making them more widely available to businesses.

The funding can be used to cover most of the costs involved in securing a faster broadband connection.

Businesses can apply if their current broadband speed is less than 30 mbps, or if they plan to double the speed of a connection that is already 30 mbps or faster.

Muz Mumtaz, who heads the Digital Enterprise programme, said: “We wanted to make the Connectivity Vouchers even more accessible to businesses in the Leeds City Region and by broadening our funding we can get more companies equipped with faster broadband speeds that are essential to compete, whether at a regional, national or global level.

“In many cases our Connectivity Voucher can cover the total cost of upgrading a business’ broadband connection.”

He added: “It’s really simple to apply and through our Connectivity Voucher and Digital Growth Voucher programmes Digital Enterprise has already helped over 700 Yorkshire businesses to boost their broadband connectivity and upgrade their digital technology with a total of £3.4 million investment since 2017.

“The great news is that this investment is expected to create over 1,800 new jobs across the Leeds City Region.

“There are a limited number of Connectivity Vouchers available and once they are gone they’re gone, so I would urge businesses who want to improve their broadband speeds to apply now before it is too late.”