The research was carried out among 918 small businesses across the UK. 84% of respondents were in businesses of fewer than three people, and 59% were in their first three years of operation. 16% had been going for more than ten years.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “2020 will go down as the year business went online – we have seen small businesses in their droves pivot to build websites, embrace social media and rely on video platforms to keep in touch with their teams. To succeed for the longer term, this requires strong broadband that won’t let you down and investment in digital technology.
“This generous offer from Vodafone will be a great help for small firms as they pick themselves up after the impact of the pandemic and keep building their business.”
Once the 12 month period has passed the monthly fee will revert back to the standard rate of £22.50 (excl. VAT) per month for Business Broadband Superfast 1 and £25 (excl. VAT) per month for Business Broadband Superfast 2. There will be a one-time fee of £20 to cover set up costs, with no further payment required until the thirteenth month.
This new offer of 12 months’ free broadband is a continuation of the support Vodafone provided to small businesses during the pandemic and follows a previous offer of 6 months’ free broadband for small businesses at the start of lockdown.
To continue to support small businesses on their digital journey, Vodafone has also set up the V-Hub small business digital support platform offering detailed guides on key aspects of operating in a more digitalised world and free one to one support with a business adviser. The platform covers topics such as website creation, digital marketing, remote working and cyber security.
Customers interested in taking up the 12 months’ free broadband offer should visit: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/business/business-connectivity/broadband-and-phone