Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The DCMS' gigabit broadband voucher scheme helps your company get up to £3,000 off gigabit capable ultrafast broadband. Faster speeds, reliabiltiy and the foundation for growth, act today to get up to £3,000 in a voucher before the 26 November 2018 reduction to £2,500!

Get full fibre to your business through the DCMS gigabit voucher scheme

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is live - and you can get up to £3,000 off before 25 November!

As of 27 March 2018, the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is live, nationwide, and supported by a £67mil funding pot.

Designed to enable your business to receive ‘gigabit-capable’ connectivity, the scheme is built on the basis of giving access to a faster, more reliable connection.

As an added incentive to experience gigabit broadband, the scheme provides free installation worth up to £3,000 for businesses claimiing before 25 November 2018.

By the 26 November 2018 businesses will only be able to claim a maximum value of £2,500.

In our gigabit knowledge hub you'll find the answers to:

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was originally trialled in November 2017, with a handful of UK regions given the opportunity to apply for government subsidised gigabit connectivity.

Off the heels of the pilot, where 1,000 vouchers were issued, the national rollout gives your business access to the gold standard of connectivity, gigabit, and is a solid step towards erasing slow broadband for SMEs.

In the gigabit scheme's trial WarwickNet were a leading provider having delivered 67% of vouchers in the Coventry and Warwickshire region, recognising the scheme as a solution to helping UK business to receive the ultrafast broadband connectivity which is vital to competing in the global economy.

With the expansion into a national scheme, and many more vouchers now on offer, businesses around the UK will benefit from our rapid deployment of full-fibre connections and hands-on customer support.

As WarwickNet invests in its own high-speed infrastructure, we’re not beholden to seeking permission from Openreach, meaning we're empowered to deliver the connectivity your business needs.

During the gigabit scheme’s initial trial, WarwickNet helped businesses to digitally transform. Voucher recipients upgraded their infrastructures to receive full fibre to their offices, opening up a world of possibilities, like moving to the cloud with Microsoft Office 365. With the scheme going nationwide, your business can join them too!

As we join the government in pledging ‘full fibre’ gigabit-capable broadband to businesses like yours, below you’ll find a guide to what you need to know about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, including eligibility, benefits, and the easy steps for applying.


What does gigabit mean for your business?

  • Faster internet access for increased productivity
  • Download speeds starting from 100 Mbit/s 
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Installation free of charge (worth up to £3,000 via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - if you claim before 25 November!)


How does the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme work?

The key steps are:

  1. Check the eligibility of your business (see below)
  2. Select the right WarwickNet package for your business
  3. Get in touch with us to claim for a voucher up to £3,000 before 25 November 
  4. WarwickNet will update DCMS regarding your connection and voucher
  5. Your local council will review and approve your voucher
  6. WarwickNet will then deliver your connections and manage completion through the Scheme portal
  7. Your local council will carry out final checks
  8. You just then need to pay the VAT on the connection and the monthly charges for your new, ultrafast, gigabit-capable connection


How to find out if your business is eligible for gigabit connectivity through the scheme

Can my business apply for the voucher?

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is for small and medium size businesses across the UK. More information about the formal definition of a SME can be found here.

In summary an SME:

  • Has up to 249 Employees
  • A balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turnover of less than €50 million

You must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last 3 years. There’s more guidance on this on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.


What do you need to be mindful of?

Vouchers help support the capital costs of delivering a new gigabit capable connection to your business premises.

If you already have a gigabit capable connection you are not eligible for a voucher.

Your new connection must have a minimum speed of 100 Mbit/s and represent at least a doubling of speed compared to the service you have now.


When does the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme start? 

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme launched 27 March 2018,  and is the next step in improving businesses' access to higher quality broadband.

The DCMS will stop issuing vouchers when all available funding has been allocated or by March 2021 – whichever is sooner.


How much can my business receive through the scheme? 

Business vouchers are worth between £500 and £3,000 before the 25 November 2018. As of the 26 November 2018, this will reduce to a maximum of £2,500

If your new connection costs less than £500, you will not be able to claim a voucher.

If the cost of providing a connection is more than £3,000 then you can “top up”. DCMS cannot pay any VAT or monthly charges.

Please also note that WarwickNet terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

Other conditions apply – see the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website for full details.


What are the next steps towards your gigabit-capable connection?

As a registered supplier of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme we’d be delighted to help your business.

Claim your voucher by filling in our form or contacting us on 02476 997 222.