Vodafone has stepped up with a suggestion of free broadband for UK small companies (Credit: Steve Meddle/REX/Shutterstock)
Vodafone is providing all small companies within the UK free broadband for 2021 as reliance on internet access increases during lockdown.
The community operator stated all corporations with between one and 50 staff would be capable to apply for the brand new scheme, together with present Vodafone prospects who’re eligible to improve.
The scheme will see those that take up the provide obtain free broadband as a part of a 36-month plan, with the fee then referring to the usual charge of both £22.50 or £25 a month, excluding VAT, after the primary free 12 months (relying on the broadband package deal chosen).
Vodafone confirmed the scheme additionally features a one-time £20 price to cowl set-up prices however stated there could be no additional cost required till the thirteenth month of the contract.
The announcement comes because the community operator revealed analysis from Enterprise Nation which discovered that 71% of small companies stated they’re now extra reliant than ever on broadband because of the pandemic and social distancing measures forcing firms online.
In accordance with the analysis, the variety of small companies operating totally on-line has doubled in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anne Sheehan, enterprise director at Vodafone UK, stated: ‘The message to small companies is obvious: we’re right here to assist.
‘Companies must be operating as effectively as attainable in 2021 – meaning getting on-line, utilizing the perfect digital instruments, getting the perfect enterprise recommendation, and spending as little cash as attainable.’
Small companies have been hit laborious by the pandemic (Credit: Getty Pictures)
‘It’s nice to see how companies tailored all through final yr, and we’re right here to assist extra do the identical in 2021.’
Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones added: ‘2020 will go down because the yr enterprise went on-line – we now have seen small companies of their droves pivot to construct web sites, embrace social media and depend on video platforms to keep up a correspondence with their groups.
‘To succeed for the long run, this requires robust broadband that gained’t allow you to down and funding in digital know-how.
‘This beneficiant provide from Vodafone will probably be an awesome assist for small corporations as they choose themselves up after the impression of the pandemic and preserve constructing their enterprise.’