Fasthosts is encouraging consumers and businesses to get online by offering 25 individuals or companies with a laptop and internet services for free.

For the next 25 months, the web hosting firm will pick one individual or business per month and provide them with a Dell laptop, three years free hosting, a domain name and Microsoft Exchange email.

Fasthosts also said it will choose 20 further projects every month to receive three years' free business web hosting.

The web hosting firm said it decided to run the competition to celebrate and support 'The Great Exhibition 2012', which it is sponsoring. The Great Exhibition 2012 will open on June 1, 2012 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, and will showcase the advances and innovations that put Britain at the forefront of digital development.

"The 'Get Online' competition is a great opportunity for those individuals or organisations with great ideas but limited resources. In the spirit of the festival, we aim to provide the internet as a way to champion as many great new British endeavours as possible," said Steve Holford, marketing director, Fasthosts.

"So much of how we view the world and opportunities today is influenced by our online experience. The web can make a huge difference to a project, so we encourage as many people as possible to nominate their ideas today".

To enter, visit Fasthost's dedicated web page and complete an online application, explaining why you feel Britain is great.