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The government has extended its Connection Voucher scheme, which is designed to help urban small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) upgrade their broadband.

Grants worth up to £3,000 are available to small firms across 22 major UK cities, providing them with the funds required to upgrade to super-fast, business-grade connectivity.

The scheme - which was due to end in March 2015 - has been extended by another year until spring 2016, giving SMEs additional time to take advantage.

SMEs across a wider range of locations will be able to benefit, as another £40 million is pumped into the initiative.

However, the new cities included in the Connection Voucher scheme - which is part of the wider Super-Connected Cities programme - are yet to be announced.

Grants will be made available to businesses meeting the qualification criteria on a first-come, first-served basis.

By mid-November 2014, approximately 5,000 connection vouchers had been issued to UK SMEs.

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