The Grant for Better Business Broadband

100% grant funding available for businesses in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
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Marches and Gloucestershire business broadband grant scheme

Welcome to the Business Broadband Scheme

This is a 100% fully funded grant scheme for businesses to get gigabit fibre broadband. connectivity to their premises. If you are in Herefordshire or Gloucestershire, then register your interest today. The process takes less than 15 minutes and then you will be on your way to improving your broadband for free.
Please Note: All funding for this project in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has been allocated so we are no longer taking applications from Businesses in Shropshire.

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Who Can Apply

If your business is an SME with a registered office, and you don’t have access to high speed broadband then the chances are, you are eligible for our Free Business Broadband Grant. You can apply if:

  • You mainly trade business to business
  • Have less than 250 employees
  • Are within an eligible business sector
  • Your turnover is less than £39M and you balance sheet value is less than £45M

See list of Ineligible Sectors

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Ineligible Business Sectors

See below those sectors that are not covered by this Grant. This may not prevent you from looking at other grants and it will be best to review those available such as the Government Broadband Voucher Scheme if you are not covered by the Marches and Gloucestershire Business Broadband Scheme.

Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities 82.19
Activities of collection agencies and credit bureau82.91
Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies99
Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel97
Activities of membership organisations94
Building of ships and boats301
Casting of iron24.51
Casting of steel24.52
Creative, arts and entertainment activities90
Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities1
Education (including Training)85
Electric power generation, transmission and distribution35.1
Employment activities78
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding64
Fishing and aquaculture3
Food and beverage service activities56
Forestry and logging2
Gambling and betting activities92
Human health activities86
Inland passenger water transport50.3
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security65
Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities91
Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys24.1
Manufacture of gas; distribution of gaseous fluids through mains35.2
Manufacture of tobacco products12
Mining support service activities if transporting coal9
Other passenger land transport49.3
Other personal service activities96
Passenger air transport51.1
Passenger rail transport, interurban49.1
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security84
Real estate activities68
Renting and leasing of other personal and household goods77.29
Renting and leasing of other personal and household goods (other than media entertainment equipment)77.29 /9
Repair of personal and household goods95.2
Residential care activities87
Retail trade, except of motor vehicle parts and accessories47
Retail trade of motor vehicle parts and accessories45.32
Sale of motor vehicles45.1
Sea and costal passenger water transport50.1
Social work activities without accommodation88
Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities93
Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities79
Veterinary activities75

Simple, fast application process

To register you will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Current download speed and provider
  • The value of publicly funded grants received over the last three years
  • Your company’s turnover figures for the last three years
  • Company status – Ltd., Partnership etc.
  • Number of years trading
  • Evidence of the business trading at the application address (such as Business Rates Bill, Council Tax Bill etc.)

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Ludlow, Shropshire where you may be eligible for a business broadband grant