If you run a business, you need a broadband package that lets you work without restrictions.
You should use our comparison to look at as many products as possible and check:
Download limit: This affects how much time you and your employees can spend online, so consider how much you use the internet and how many people need access. You could save money with a lower data package.
Download speed: Measured in megabits (Mb) this affects how quickly you can access the internet. Consider how often you download and upload files, and how many people share the connection. Check average speeds in your area with Ofcom.
What else should you look for?
Most suppliers include added features to support your business online, like:
Static IP address
An office network
Domain hosting and email
Software to make calls over the internet (VoIP)
File sharing software
Think about which services are a priority for your business, then use our comparison to shop around for the best deals.
How to find the best price
The cheapest broadband is not necessarily the best but there are several things you can do to make sure you get a good deal:
Compare total monthly costs: Remember to include the price of line rental, along with any up front charges like installation or equipment fees.
Look for introductory offers: These could save you money when you first sign up but remember that prices could increase after the offer period is up.
Consider a longer contract: Business broadband contracts are usually 24 months and a longer contract could save you money, although you are tied to one supplier.
Business broadband FAQs
Is business broadband more expensive than regular broadband?
Yes, but it comes with added features designed for business use.
What is the shortest contract I can get with business broadband?
Most suppliers offer contracts of 24 months, but some offer 6 or 12 month contracts.
Do I have to get business broadband?
If you run a small business, you may find regular home broadband sufficient. Read our guide to business broadband to find out if you need it.
Do I have to pay line rental if I do not need business calls?
Yes, as most broadband requires you to have an active phone line to supply your connection. It is added to the total monthly cost of your broadband.
How long does business broadband take to set up?
It usually takes up to two weeks for your broadband to be up and running.
What is VoIP?
It stands for voice over internet protocol, and it allows you to make voice calls over the internet.
What is unlimited broadband?
It gives you unrestricted data so you can use the internet as much as you want, although you may still be subject to fair usage policies and speed caps.