C4L launches £1 million start-up giveaway


Start-up businesses can apply for up to £10,000 worth of C4L’s services free-of-charge

Co-location, connectivity, cloud and comms provider C4L is to give away £1 million of its services to start-up companies, as part of its Business Growth Scheme.

The scheme is open to any business within its first year of trading and they can receive up to £10,000 of C4L services free of charge.

The first three companies to make use of the scheme have been named as Fusion WiFi, which provides free WiFi access through social media, Tree House Computing, makers of social journalism platform PAPthis, and app builders Flippie.

C4L claims that having a cloud-based communications structure is important in the first year of a company’s life, as they may not have office space and other platforms that more mature businesses have in place.

“I have been keen to support new businesses in this way for a while, as I know how hard it is starting a company,

so to officially launch the scheme is fantastic,” said C4L founder and chairman Matt Hawkins. “To be able to remove barriers entrepreneurs face while working is simple for a company with as large an infrastructure as C4L’s but it will make a huge difference to the productivity of the businesses.”

Fusion WiFi managing director Adam Troman, added: “To have these crucial business systems put in place without any charge is a huge benefit to really getting Fusion WiFi off the ground.

“C4L’s IT infrastructure is second to none and has allowed me to spend my time completely on business growth rather than IT worries. Fusion WiFi has now been able to launch huge WiFi projects, showing that C4L’s start-up scheme really has benefited many others, too.”

Dorset-based C4L supplies its services to a number of government agencies, FTSE 250 companies, and through a network of resellers across the country.