Virgin offers free business broadband to SMEs

Virgin Media Business is offering a new scheme to small businesses to help them to install the broadband services they need.

The government recently terminated the Super Connected Cities (SCC) voucher scheme, which covered the cost of business broadband installation for many companies. Grants of up to £3,000 were available to companies, but there was high demand for the vouchers. The scheme also offered support to enable the companies to make the most of their new connections.

The new scheme from Virgin will offer up to £1,000 for installation for business broadband and will cover the same cities as the Super Connected Cities scheme. Virgin’s scheme will be on trial for the rest of the year. The reason for the cap of £1,000 is that most of the work Virgin carried out as part of the SCC scheme cost no more than £1,000.

The director of small business at Virgin, Mike Smith, said that thousands of companies have already taken advantage of the government’s voucher scheme. Virgin would like to encourage the government to reinstate the voucher scheme because of its popularity and has launched the new scheme to help companies to deal with the costs surrounding business broadband.

Virgin Media Business issued a report in October revealing that the right digital technology could boost the country’s GDP by billions and help to create millions of new jobs.

The Federation of Small Businesses revealed last month that 99% of small businesses deem faster internet services essential.