The Connect Westminster Project is a £2.8m ERDF project that seeks to help SME’s like you within Westminster and the West End Partnership area to get connected to gigabit capable broadband.
With a little help from Gradwell Communications, SME’s are eligible for up to £2,000 towards to the capital cost of a new broadband connection.
Gradwell are an approved supplier to Westminster City Council, who are leading the way to enable local businesses, just like yours to gain access to a much faster broadband connection.
Upgrading to much faster broadband helps businesses like yours to grow and as well as increasing productivity. It and helps future-proof for the digital challenges of tomorrow.
We’ve all been there, sat at our desks watching the cursor spin round and round as you wait patiently for your download or upload to complete. We want to put a stop to this, and make you and your business more efficient so you can get on with running your business, safe in the knowledge that you have a reliable connection.
Gradwell will be able to offer the Connect Westminster scheme to the end of 31st March 2019 or once the total of £2.5m has been issued by Westminster council.
The business must meet the following definition as defined by the European Commission:
The business is a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), a registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader. An SME is an enterprise with employees fewer than 250 persons and which has an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro.
Installation of your new broadband connection exceeds £100.
The connection is for your business premises. You can apply for a connection at home if this is your main work base, but this does not apply if you work from home occasionally
You are willing to sign up to a minimum 12 month contract with Gradwell.
The broadband service you select delivers a speed and performance improvement on your current connection.
You have not received more than €200,000 in grants in the last three years.
The scheme covers all of the Westminster City Council area as well of those parts of Camden Council that fall within the West End Partnership.
£2000.00 and not a penny more.
The council will reimburse customers up to £2,000 of their connection cost subject on proof of payment to Gradwell, completed output forms, copy of their contract and evidence of the connection has being made.
The vouchers are issued on a first come first serve basis. Gradwell or the Westminster Council will not issue vouchers over the value of £2.5m so all vouchers can be honoured. However, if vouchers are not redeemed within the 28 days they will be placed back into the pot.
Yes, joint applications can be made, and there is no maximum limit on the number of eligible SMEs that form part of a group scheme.