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London UK Businesses Gobble Lion’s Share of Broadband Vouchers

Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015 (9:00 am) - Score 391

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme has today released a breakdown of regional uptake for their Connection Voucher scheme, which offers grants worth up to £3,000 to help SME businesses get a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service installed. So far 25,000 vouchers have been taken, with 8,857 being gobbled in London.

The scheme was initially supported by around £100m from the Urban Broadband Fund (“Super-Connected Cities“), which was boosted by another injection of £40m last year and its availability has since been extended to a total of 50 cities (includes many outlying areas that had previously been excluded).

Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy Minister, said:

The Government’s broadband connection voucher scheme is proving tremendously popular and we are now issuing around 1000 vouchers every week. Businesses need to be properly equipped for all the challenges of the digital world in which we live and I urge all eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out on the fantastic offer.”

The grant, in the form of a voucher, is part of the government’s broadband transformation across the nation, helping cities to create and attract new jobs and investment, and making the UK the best place in the world to do business.”

Connection Voucher Cities

Existing cities in which the voucher scheme is already operating:

Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Derry / Londonderry, Edinburgh, Leeds, London , Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford, York.

New cities added since April 1, 2015:

Bournemouth, Chelmsford, Dundee, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hull, Inverness, Ipswich, Leicester, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend on Sea, Stirling, Stoke on Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Wolverhampton

A breakdown of the latest uptake figures can be found below and the scheme is officially due to end by March 2016, although at the current rate it may actually run out of funding before the end of 2015; quite a turnaround from last year when low uptake was a widely publicised problem.

Regions Cities No of vouchers
Scotland Aberdeen 168
  Dundee 5
  Edinburgh 686
  Glasgow 105
  Inverness 7
  Perth 57
  Stirling 15
Wales Cardiff 961
  Newport 115
  Swansea 50
Norther Ireland Belfast 1,119
  Derry/Londonderry 237
North West Greater Manchester 2,924
  Salford 556
  Liverpool 657
  Preston 51
North East Middlesbrough 26
  Newcastle 614
  Sunderland 13
Yorks & Humber Hull 266
  Leeds-Bradford 3,085
  Sheffield 188
  York 242
East Midlands
  Derby 211
  Leicester 64
  Nottingham 55
West Midlands Birmingham 1,621
  Coventry 641
  Stoke on Trent 40
  Wolverhampton 28
East of England Cambridge 451
  Ipswich 23
  Milton Keynes 78
  Norwich 17
  Peterborough 32
London London 8,857
South East Brighton & Hove 412
  Bournemouth 80
  Chelmsford 14
  Oxford 233
  Portsmouth 254
  Reading 20
  Southend on Sea 11
  Southampton 23
South West Bristol 742
  Exeter 37
  Gloucester 28
  Plymouth 23
  Swindon 15
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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