Dear Blackburn BID member, we are writing to let you know about 2 companies / schemes available which might be of help to you.
BT have launched a Small Business Support Scheme
The scheme has been designed to help SMEs across the UK that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It is intended to enable firms to build their recovery and growth following COVID-19 and includes a series of measures aimed at boosting connectivity, cashflow and confidence, including:
- Funding ultrafast business connections
BT is helping small businesses fund the cost of an ultrafast business connection (known as an Ethernet line), by subsidising the total cost by up to £2,500 per customer. This extends the benefits of the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which closed in May, to provide further financial respite to firms like graphic design agencies and production houses who need Gigabit speeds of up to 10Gbps to send and receive rich media files. Interested parties can find out more from their local BT representative.
- Bursaries for UK tech start-ups
BT has introduced a bursary scheme to give 1,000 UK tech start-ups and entrepreneurs a financial head start. Eligible companies can apply for a bursary to benefit from free fibre broadband and mobile bundles. While the bursary will be made available to 1,000 eligible companies initially, BT will be closely monitoring interest in the scheme and will consider extending it to more UK start-up companies, subject to demand.
- Supporting small businesses through mentoring
BT is introducing a new mentoring scheme for small businesses, to provide them with free access to its expertise across strategy, marketing, sales, and more. BT will support businesses via Digital Boost, a free non-profit platform uniting digital experts with leaders of small businesses.
More details can be found here: https://www.bt.com/about/bt/our-company/group-businesses/enterprise/small-business-support-scheme
Matrix247 offering communications support
Matrix247 is a local company offering to take complete responsibility for your organisation’s Telecoms, Mobile Comms and Data Comms. The Team work with businesses in any sector to identify what your comms needs are, offering advice and sharing knowledge, and identifying products which will help your business run as effectively and efficiently as possible, with the potential to also save you money.
Please note there is no financial incentive to me, the BID or Newground for sending you this information, it is purely for information in case it is relevant or helpful to you.