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Connectivity+ Vouchers

Our Connectivity+ Voucher scheme, offering between £500 and £3,000 of funding can help you to cover the cost of upgrading to faster, more reliable digital connection/broadband.


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Connectivity+ Vouchers

REGISTRATIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED – RE-OPENING MAY 2021

Are you interested in accessing funding for a digital transformation project or to upgrade your broadband?  Email DigitalEnterprise@Leeds.gov.uk and let us know your name, contact email and what support you would like to access (Digital Growth Voucher or Connectivity+ Voucher) and we will let you know when registrations re-open.

Many firms that wish to grow and develop are inhibited by the quality of their digital connection, including poor broadband speeds and high costs for upgrading to a faster/more reliable service.

The Connectivity+ Voucher is designed to help businesses cover some of the costs of upgrading to a faster connection. Vouchers can also be used to cover other costs associated including:

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GUIDANCE NOTES

  • The actual cost of the installation i.e. the cost of the physical connection, including excess construction costs to reach a network
  • Hardware related to facilitating the connection e.g. a firewall, router, receiver/antennae (for wireless connections)
  • Internal ethernet network cabling
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony
  • Consultancy/project management cost to install a connection – capped at 25% of the value of a voucher

Connectivity+ Vouchers can also be used in certain circumstances to cover the cost (or partial cost) of a first year rental of a connectivity solution providing the first year is paid to the supplier in full at the start of the contract.

Connectivity+ Vouchers are intended to help businesses upgrade to higher speed business grade broadband, above 30 mbps. If your current download speed is above 30 mbps, then a new higher speed connection should double the broadband speed. For examples of how people have benefited from Connectivity and Growth vouchers take a look at some case studies or watch our latest video below…

Registrations re-opening May 2021

If you are interested in applying for a Connectivity+ Voucher, please follow our the steps below:

  • Visit the eligibility checker on our website to see if your business is eligible for Digital Enterprise assistance.
  • If eligible complete the registration form on the Digital Enterprise website. Businesses are required to complete all sections of the registration form, with particular consideration to the impact of the funding/investment upon their business growth and development.
  • We will assess your registration for business eligibility and consider which form of support we can offer (Digital Growth Voucher, Connectivity Voucher or Digital Knowledge Exchange).
  • If eligible we will confirm which strands of support we can offer you.
  • If you are offered a Connectivity+ Voucher you will need to obtain quotations for upgrading your broadband and associated costs (Two quotes required).
  • On successful application we will send you a Funding Agreement.
  • On receiving returned Funding Agreement you can commission your suppliers.
  • Once the work has been completed and proof of this is supplied via a claim form we will arrange for the funding to be paid to you.

Up to 250 Connectivity+ Vouchers will be available to eligible SMEs up till the end of the programme (August 2023) and will be available on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing enquiries.de@leeds.gov.uk or calling 0113 426 0535.

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