As part of the Tourism Sector Deal and the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan which were both published on 28th June, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a new £250 000 scheme to improve broadband connectivity in event venues, enabling them to receive full fibre access.
The competition targets venues with conference facilities that traditionally bid for – or plan to bid for – events which attract international delegates. For the purpose of this competition, an ‘international event’ is one where at least 30% of the total delegates/visitors attending in person are international (non-UK) visitors.
The average value per project is expected to be £30 000.
Each winner will receive a portion of the £250,000 fund (subject to the additional conditions set out below) and support from Building Digital UK (BDUK) to purchase upgraded connectivity, using either an existing contract, or a competitive procurement. The upgraded connectivity will be in the form of new Gigabit capable infrastructure, which will support new services so that venues will be able to support additional services, for example increased wi-fi capacity, more interactive content and live streaming.
Further details, including eligibility criteria, prioritisation criteria and how to apply, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday 27th September 2019.