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Business broadband voucher scheme extended across Derbyshire

Tuesday, August 25th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

The voucher scheme to help businesses in Derbyshire install superfast broadband has been extended, the county council has announced.

Derbyshire County Council said it has worked in partnership with Derby City Council to agree an extension of its connection voucher scheme into Derbyshire.

The extension of the scheme means more businesses, charities and social enterprises will be able to apply for up to £3,000 to help install superfast broadband no matter where in the county they are.

The government’s connection voucher scheme provides funding of between £100 and £3,000 to pay for the installation of superfast broadband to offices and is available to businesses with fewer than 250 employees, sole traders and charities.

Once installed, businesses pay the line rental and VAT. Groups of businesses on the same site can also apply together for connection vouchers.

Local firms can apply individually or as a group to connect bigger or more complicated premises such as an office block. If their application is successful, businesses would need to pay for the line rental and VAT.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways, transport and infrastructure, councillor Paul Dunn, said: "We're committed to supporting local businesses to help create a thriving local economy.

“Our Digital Derbyshire programme is bringing better, faster broadband to 88,000 homes and businesses across the county.

'Prosperity'

"We know the benefits superfast broadband can bring for local firms.

“A fast and reliable broadband service is as important as good road and rail links for businesses today.”

He said it is great that the council had managed to make sure that there is cash available to help give local businesses access to superfast speeds.

“It means Derbyshire businesses can compete both nationally and globally and bring jobs and prosperity to the county,” he added.

The extension to the scheme in Derbyshire comes after a similar extension in Cambridgeshire announced earlier this week.

The scheme is now available to all firms with CB postcodes meaning more than 4,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the CB8, CB9, CB10 and CB11 postcode areas can now apply for funding.

The extension of the scheme, run by Connecting Cambridgeshire’s Destination Digital support project, follows calls by businesses and technology suppliers in key economic areas in parts of West Suffolk and north-west Essex that fall into the CB postcode area.

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