Voucher scheme to help businesses get superfast broadband

BUSINESSES in North Tyneside are in for a major broadband boost as the Go Digital Newcastle Connection Voucher scheme spreads to their areas.

Under the scheme, small and medium businesses, charities and social enterprises can get up to £3,000 towards the cost of connecting to superfast broadband.

Go Digital Newcastle – run by Newcastle City Council with government funding from Broadband Delivery UK – is currently rolling out the programme to help boost the local economy.

Originally, the connection voucher offer was restricted to Newcastle, but it has now been extended to allow North Tyneside and Gateshead firms to benefit too.

Coun Michael Johnson, Newcastle City Council deputy cabinet member for skills, business and enterprise, said: “This increase in the geographical coverage of the Go Digital Newcastle connection voucher means thousands more SMEs and self-employed people in the area are now eligible to apply for a voucher.

“Businesses can reach their customers more easily, promote their products and services and cut their costs with more efficient working.”

Connection vouchers are worth from £200 to £3,000 towards the fixed cost of getting businesses connected to superfast broadband. The businesses choose their own supplier, and pay the on-going charges and any VAT.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We know that North Tyneside’s small and medium sized enterprises, which can benefit from this offer, want to be at the forefront of this borough’s growth.”

For more information about Go Digital Newcastle and to apply for a Connection Voucher, visit www.godigitalnewcastle.co.uk, call the team on 0191 277 1625 or email godigitalnewcastle.co.uk