UK-based small businesses look set to up their spending on IT this year to a cumulative annual amount of £1 billion. This will be a 15 per cent increase year on year, according to recent research by the storage company AMI. Hardware devices for backing up PCs will be a major arena for spending. Moreover, it was noted that in terms of security, small UK firms favour anti-virus packages, while managed security services prove more popular among medium-sized UK businesses. Speaking to IT website CRN, Jacqueline Atkinson, research analyst at AMI, said that SMEs were placing greater importance on "business continuity".She added: "Resellers that emphasise protection in securing and backing up data are likely to attain a greater share of IT storage and security spending in the SME space."Managed services is a growing market across all SMEs on a global scale. We've already seen major IT manufacturers, such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard, tailor their managed services to this market pulling business from local service providers. "AMI estimates that managed services spending will increase 25 per cent in 2007, reaching $35 million in the UK SME market."© Adfero Ltd