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Marches Business Broadband Grant Scheme

Can your business qualify for a £25,000 grant to access high-speed broadband connectivity

A partnership between Superfast Telford, Connecting Shropshire Fastershire that is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

If eligible, the grant will provide up to 100% of the capital installation cost of a business grade broadband connection, through our registration portal, we aim to help to match your business with potential suppliers who can install your high speed broadband connection.

Your business must be:

  • located in Telford and Wrekin
  • a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and operate within an eligible sector
  • able to demonstrate an economic case for high-speed broadband connectivity
  • beyond the scope of committed broadband infrastructure roll-out plans

Next steps:

  • Step 1
    Register on the Marches & Gloucestershire Business Broadband Grant portal. Registration is subject to approval and can take up five working days.
  • Step 2
    Once approved, you will be required to complete a ‘request for quotation’ form.
  • Step 3
    Suppliers registered under the scheme will then submit quotes and you are able to select your preferred supplier.

Marches Viable Clusters Broadband Project (European Structural Investment Funds)

£215,000 fully funded grant for Telford and Wrekin has been secured to cover eligible community clusters. Following the Open Market Review, where service provision was mapped, suitable clusters are currently in the process of being identified. Once a suitable cluster(s) have been identified, it is expected new infrastructure will be delivered by June 2020.

More information will follow in the near future.

National Gigabit Voucher Scheme

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a £67 million scheme. Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute towards the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection.

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of a connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can also benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.

National Better Broadband Scheme

The Better Broadband Scheme seeks to assist those homes that experience broadband speeds of less than 2 Mbps. The scheme may facilitate access to a basic service offering down load speeds of 10 Mbps.

A subsidy of up to £350 is available towards a basic broadband installation to both homes and businesses that will not benefit from superfast broadband within the next twelve months. The Better Broadband Scheme will run to 31 December 2019.

Community Fibre Partnerships (CFP)

An Openreach initiative whereby remaining communities, businesses or households, not included in fibre roll-out plans can co-fund an infrastructure upgrade. Essentially, Openreach invest to a level that is commercially viable for them and then the community then funds the balance.

Additional business support:

If you are a business and located in the Telford & Wrekin Council area, or are considering relocating to the borough, and you require advice and guidance, please visit our Enterprise Telford website, alternatively please contact us:

Telephone: 01952 567589