Gatwick Diamond Initiative encourages businesses to connect for growth

14 September 2016

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is supporting a scheme to help small businesses connect to superfast broadband.

The West Sussex Superfast Broadband Connection Voucher scheme will improve connectivity for small and medium enterprises that currently do not have access to superfast broadband and are based in areas that will not be covered by the planned BDUK superfast infrastructure rollout.

Eligible businesses can apply for a Connection Voucher to provide capital funding of £3,000 or up to 40% of the overall project cost, whichever is lower.  The scheme runs until 1 February 2017 or until all the funding is allocated.

Funding comes from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership under its ‘Growth is Digital’ Growth Deal priority project.  The Connection Voucher scheme has been developed by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative in collaboration with Rural West Sussex Partnership, the South Downs National Park Authority, Coastal West Sussex and the delivery body, West Sussex County Council 

Jeff Alexander, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative says: “Although the Gatwick Diamond is one of the most highly connected economies in terms of its transport infrastructure, many businesses still lack access to superfast and ultrafast broadband, particularly in rural areas.  Without superfast connectivity, these businesses will struggle to compete and fulfil their growth potential.  I would urge companies in West Sussex to take advantage of the funding.”

More information, including guidance notes and an application form, can be found at http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/helping-business-growth/grant-funding

 
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