October 22 2014.

Government grants of up to £3000 for better internet connectivity are available to small businesses in 22 cities across the United Kingdom. Firms have until March 2015 to apply for the grant. The scheme allows up to £3,000 to cover the costs of installing faster broadband and is made in the form of a voucher.

The government cites a number of benefits to businesses as a result of better broadband including being able to grow and access new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers; increased security through fast secure back-up of data; increased productivity and improved customer service through faster upload and download speeds; reduced costs through benefiting from the option of online applications and data storage; and enhanced communication and collaboration via real-time video calls and by shared information on cloud-based software. Further details are available HERE.