Manchester City Council have a commitment to support businesses and charities in Manchester, helping you to grow, and as such they are helping to fund the physical cost of getting superfast internet connectivity.
A faster internet connection can make your organisation more efficient, cheaper to run and easier to develop.
Some of the ways you could benefit:
• More people can share your connection at one time and still enjoy high speeds
• Services such as videoconferencing, which require faster speeds, work better
• Services such as ‘voice over IP’ become possible for more users, replacing conventional telephones
• ‘Cloud’-based services, where you can store information ‘virtually’, work faster and with shorter delays
Manchester City Council have vouchers giving up to £3,000 of help with connection costs.
It’s a grant, not a loan, so you don’t need to pay it back.
In most cases, the voucher they are offering (which will be accepted by most internet service providers, including the best-known household names) will cover the cost of getting connected, leaving you to just pay the VAT and monthly subscription cost.
If you’re a sole trader or a self-employed home worker, or if you employ fewer than 250 people, as long as your turnover is less than approximately £43million each year and you don’t already have a superfast connection, you could be eligible for this grant*.
Even if you are in a building with several tenants, or your landlord provides a managed service, you can apply for a grant to improve your connectivity.
It’s easy to apply, just visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/superconnected and complete the application form.
If you would like advice or support on using superfast connectivity to grow your organisation, then register for the launch event on 24 January, at: www.businessgrowthhub.com/events/broadband-connection-vouchers-launch-event