13 October 2020

British Telecom’s Enterprise Division has launched a new support scheme to support UK SMEs with the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The BT Small Business Support Scheme is designed to support SMEs across the UK that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme aims to enable firms to build their recovery and growth and includes a series of measures aimed at boosting connectivity, cashflow and confidence.

Through the scheme, SME can qualify for a range of support strands, 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.

Launching bursaries for UK tech start-ups

BT is introducing a new bursary scheme to give 1,000 UK tech start-ups and entrepreneurs a financial head start. From October, eligible companies can apply for a bursary to benefit from free fibre broadband and mobile bundles. Further details will be announced in due course.

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.

Who Can Apply?

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) operating within the UK may be eligible for support. To find out more, visit the website.

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