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The recently launched £67m scheme is a government led initiative intended to help create a full fibre Britain. It is primarily aimed at SMEs who can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of the connection to a gigabit (1Gbps) broadband network either individually of as part of a group project.

Eligible businesses are those that employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million. Sole traders can apply but applicants must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid (maximum €200,000) in the last 3 years.

Residents are able to benefit from the scheme as part of an aggregated local project. They can only apply alongside an eligible business at a maximum ratio of six residential applicants per SME. Residential funding can account for half the funding total, equivalent to £500 per resident.

The scheme is supplier led and therefore only accessible through broadband service providers; the vouches are issued directly to the suppliers by government to offset the cost of the infrastructure installation.

It does not matter if applicants can already access superfast broadband speeds of 30Mbps or more. The initiative is focused on gigabit speeds, equivalent to 1,000Mbps.

To apply, residents or businesses will have to do two things:

a) Check which approved suppliers are active in the area by using the postcode search:

Business: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-businesses/suppliers/

Resident: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/for-residents/suppliers/

b) Choose a supplier and contact them to ask for a quote. They will take care of the voucher application. It may be worth speaking to more than one supplier and to neighbouring businesses or residents who may also be interested.

Vouchers will be issued on a first come first served basis so it’s important that we get the message out, particularly to business parks and industrial sites that may be eligible.

Full details on this scheme can be found here: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk