Broadband grant scheme launches in Cardiff

Cardiff has been selected as one of five locations in the UK to market test a voucher scheme which offers businesses cash towards installing new broadband phone services.

Applications are now being accepted from small and medium-sized businesses for the Cardiff Connection Voucher Scheme, which is part of the Super Connected Project for Cardiff.

Vouchers are available from £250 to £3,000 per application and will cover 100 per cent of the eligible installation costs.

The scheme follows Cardiff securing £10.2m of Super-Connected Cities funding from the UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The test phase will run for two months before being rolled out more widely.

Russell Goodway, Cardiff Council’s executive member for finance, business and local economy, said: “Successful cities need to be connected cities. Cardiff is already one of the most digitally connected cities in Britain, with a higher percentage of our households able to access super-fast broadband than any of the other major UK cities.

“This £10m investment will take us to the next level, ensuring that Cardiff will be one of the most digitally connected cities in Europe.

“The voucher scheme we are launching this week will ensure that no business in Cardiff will be frustrated or held back by poor broadband connectivity. It will help digital businesses grow as well as helping traditional businesses go digital, and so is a great boost for Cardiff as we look to rebuild momentum in the city economy.”

Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Salford are also involved in the scheme.

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