By Marcus Leach

Nearly a quarter of small British businesses are using or trialling tablets at work, according to research published by PC World Business.

The research reveals that despite tablets being aimed at casual users, an increasing number of small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) and entrepreneurs are using them for professional use too.

Of the 1,200 UK SME business leaders surveyed, the majority (61%) said they use or would use tablets, such as the Blackberry Playbook or iPad 2, for catching up on emails or for working on the go. Over a third (35%) use tablets for taking notes in meetings and informal presentations to clients (33%).

“There’s been a wave of new tablets released recently which is clearly being embraced by Britain’s tech savvy small businesses,” comments Phil Birbeck, Managing Director, PC World Business.

“Our stores mirror these research findings - we are increasingly seeing small businesses and start-ups asking our business advisors for the latest tablets to use at work, in a bid to stay ahead of the competition,” added Birbeck

The research also found over three quarters (80%) of those using tablets are senior level management, directors and CEOs.