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Introducing Digital Growth Vouchers for the Leeds City Region

New technology can make a major difference to the way SMEs perform, whether it's ultrafast Internet connectivity, modern hardware or software licences. However, many are put off investing in helpful technology due to relatively high adoption costs, which leads to many companies missing out on the benefits of introducing new tech.

However, through the Digital Enterprise voucher scheme, B2B small and medium businesses across the Leeds City Region can now take advantage of Digital Growth Vouchers, providing up to an incredible £5000 subsidy for companies investing in technology that can improve their business! Designed to benefit the local economy, the scheme aims to ensure that businesses can access meaningfully impactful technology.

There's now two different kinds of Digital Enterprise voucher - the Digital Growth voucher, which covers 50% of the cost of new tech, up to a maximum of £5000, and the new Connectivity Voucher, a full £1000 off the cost of upgrading your company's Internet connection.

At Exa Networks, we're helping to spread the word about Digital Growth Vouchers. We've been providing UK businesses with world-class Internet connectivity and services for over 10 years, and we're excited about the possibilities that Digital Growth Vouchers are bringing businesses across Leeds, Bradford, York and more. If you're interested in improving your Internet services via the Digital Growth Voucher scheme, get in touch with our team today at 0345 145 1234 to find out more about applying.

Note: The Digital Enterprise programme has recently relaunched, with a few changes and new possibilities to be aware of - particularly the application requirements below and the launch of the Connectivity Voucher scheme.

An overview of the eligible areas for Digital Growth Vouchers

Digital Growth Voucher Eligibility

The Digital Enterprise Voucher Scheme is designed to support Leeds City Region SMEs who can benefit from the introduction of new technology. As such, there's a few criteria for eligibility - applying businesses must:

• Exclusively provide services to other businesses, not consumers.
• Have at least two employees.
• Be based in one of the regions depicted on the map.
• Have fewer than 250 employees.
• Have an annual turnover below €50 Million (based on last published accounts).
• Have an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 Million (based on last published accounts).
• Be a trading business - note that a proportion of funding will be targeted at firms with between 1-3 years of trading.
• Have been operating for at least 12 months.
• Not have received a Digital Enterprise Voucher before, or have taken part in the Digital Knowledge Exchange scheme.
• Not be a subsidiary of a larger firm.

Get in touch with our team today at 0345 145 1234 for more information on eligibility for the voucher scheme!

Using Digital Enterprise Vouchers

Digital Growth Vouchers can be used for a wide range of products and services, with the main consideration being the potential for business growth that the subsidised technology opens up. However, Connectivity Vouchers can exclusively be used against the cost of upgrading connectivity - the new connection must deliver at least 30 Mbps speed, or double the speed of a pre-existing 30 Mbps+ connection.

As such, eligible companies can apply for vouchers to cover the cost of new hardware such as computers and VoIP services, business software of any kind, and upgraded Internet connectivity - including our future-proofed DarkLight Internet services.

Businesses can only apply for a single voucher, but this voucher can be used to cover multiple services - a business may want to invest in both new computers and a higher-quality Internet connection to handle the increased bandwidth requirements.

Applying for Digital Growth Vouchers

In order to apply for a Digital Growth Voucher for your business, you'll have to fill in an application form with full details about the services you're interested in receiving a voucher for, and how those services are predicted to benefit your business.

Whether you're interested in applying for a Digital Growth Voucher for your business or want to find out more about how the scheme operates, get in touch with the Exa Networks team at 0345 145 1234 or - we'll help you with any part of your application, with no obligation to apply for our services.