Grants still available for Henley-on-Thames businesses for superfast broadband upgrades

If you’re running a small to medium businesses or you’re a sole trader, charity or social enterprises you can apply for a grant for superfast broadband cash.

Businesses in Henley-on-Thames can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to help cover the costs of a high speed broadband connection to their offices or business premises.

Through the Government’s “Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme” which supports business growth and development, local businesses can now get financial support to connect or upgrade to superfast broadband to help run their business more efficiently.

Access to a superfast broadband connection allows the business to provide a better service to customers, improves the customer experience through faster communication and quicker file-sharing through higher upload and download speeds.  It also reduces software and hardware costs, enhances the way businesses communicate and collaborate through online video phone conferencing and cloud-based information-sharing as well future-proofing businesses with the latest technology and services.

Vouchers up to a maximum of £3,000 are available to small or medium enterprises (SMEs), sole traders, registered charities and social enterprises within the Henley area on a non-repayable “first come first served” basis from a £40m national fund.

Installation of the new broadband connection must cost over £100 and must apply to the business premises itself – though businesses can apply for a connection at home if this is the main work base.

In partnership with Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire district councils, Oxford City Council’s Superfast Broadband Connection Voucher scheme has now been expanded to operate in all of Oxfordshire. This means that if you are a Sole Trader, Small or Medium Size Business, Social Enterprise or Charity in this area you could be eligible for a grant of between £100 and £3,000 towards a new, superfast broadband connection.

There is a minimum six month contract with the broadband supplier and the business must be upgrading from a current connection.

To check eligibility and find out more about the scheme, visit http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decB/BroadbandConnectionVouchersAmIEligible.htm

If you need help with your business broadband connection or wish to discuss how Henley Computer Support can advise on upgrading your broadband, wi-fi or any other part of your IT system, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.