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Poor internet access harming UK businesses


20/08/2012




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By Daniel Hunter

A new report of 1500 UK small businesses reveals that 57% say that the poor quality of their internet access adversely affects their ability to run their businesses effectively.

The survey released by Freelancer.co.uk, the world’s largest online outsourcing marketplace, puts small businesses at odds with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who reiterated in a speech at the Google Campus building that broadband speed is more important than coverage.

Yet the small business survey found that 65% of UK small businesses believe that there is still a rural urban Internet divide, with many businesses in rural areas unable to take advantage of new business opportunities the Internet brings.

The survey found that 65% of small businesses are worried that if the Government continues to put speed over coverage many businesses in rural areas will suffer. They believe that the government isn’t interested in bridging this gap.

The survey showed that businesses in urban areas, such as the South East were just as worried as businesses in rural areas about the lack of consistent coverage across the country.

This survey comes as the internet and ecommerce is playing an ever important role in regenerating the economy, contributing more than £34.9 billion in the first six months of the year, according to IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales index. Yet businesses in rural areas... continued on page two >

 

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