How to Claim your Connection Voucher?

March 10, 2015
by Alex Tough

Want to claim your Connection Voucher and upgrade your business broadband to Superfast? A Connection Voucher will enable you to stay competitive and reach customers globally.

What are Connection Vouchers?

If you run a small or medium-sized business, charity or social enterprise in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland or Washington you can apply to Rymote for a free voucher worth up to £3,000 towards the fixed cost of getting your business connected.

The Connection Voucher will pay towards the fixed cost of getting you connected – between £100 and £3,000– you pay the on-going line rental charge and any VAT charged. By upgrading your broadband connection you could benefit from:

  • Improved reliability of service.
  • Better communication with customers and staff.
  • Reduced costs through more efficient working.
  • Improved data storage and accessibility.
  • Higher speed upload and download for large files.

How to Claim your Connection Voucher?

Before Applying you need to see if your business, charity or Enterprise is eligible. Check below that you meet the following criteria.

Business Eligibility

  • Are a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), Charity or Social Enterprise employing less than 249 people or volunteers
  • Are located in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Sunderland or Washington or South Tyneside?
  • Are up to date with your payments of Business Rates to your local Authority
  • Have a turnover of less than €50M (around £41M) and/or have a balance sheet of less than €43M (around £35.5M)
  • Have received less than €200k/ £120k in public grants in the last 3 years
  • Do not have a parent company or linked enterprise which does not meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Your connection will cost more than £100
  • You are willing to sign up for a minimum 6 month contract with your chosen supplier
  • You can select a service that is capable of delivering 30Mbps or higher – there are some detailed requirements on speed that you should check before applying
  • You are asking for a connection to your business premises. If your main work base is at home you can have a connection there, but not if you just work from home occasionally

If you meet this criteria then you can apply for a Connection Voucher!

Next Step

Visit our Connection Voucher Page and enquire about your Connection Voucher, by simply entering your email and some brief details about yourself and your company we will get back to you as soon as we can to discuss further. There is a choice between choosing an off the shelf package or a bespoke package, again this is something we will discuss with you.

The main thing you will need to do is contact us first then we will run through what we need and figure you out a quote!

Any other information on Connection Vouchers can be found here by visiting UK Government Connection Voucher Scheme.