Government announces broadband competition for event venues

The UK government has launched a £250,000 competition for event venues across the UK to apply for funding to improve their broadband infrastructure.

As part of the Tourism Sector Deal and the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan that was published on 28 June 2019, the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is targeting UK event venues with conference facilities that traditionally bid for – or plan to bid for – events which attract international delegates.

To apply, venues must have a capacity of 400+ and have bid for one international event (where 30% of the total attendees are international) in the past year. If they have not bid for an international event in the past year but can demonstrate plans to bid in the next year, they will be eligible to apply. 

Winners will receive a portion of the £250,000 fund (exact costs will vary per site) 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 can support increased WiFi capacity, more interactive content, and live streaming. 

Applicants can apply now using the google application form. The competition will be open for six weeks and close at 11:59pm on Friday 27 September 2019. 

For more information, please contact LFFN@Culture.gov.uk