small enterprises; online skills; digital

Over a Million Small Businesses Lack Basic Digital Skills

Over a Million Small Businesses Lack Basic Digital Skills

According to the Lloyds Bank UK Business Digital Index, there are still around 1.2 million firms that lack basic digital abilities, with many unable to use social media, online banking and e-commerce. Despite this worrying statistic, the report, compiled in conjunction with Accenture and digital skills charity Go ON UK, found that the number of small and medium-sized enterprises with basic skills, including being able to run a website, is rising. Increasing from 75% in 2014 to 77% this year, the North West and North East witnessed a particularly significant improvement due to successful regional programmes to boost online skills. However, despite this improvement many more small firms remain worryingly uninterested in getting their company online; with a quarter of business owners stating ... »