digital britain

Business Threats and Opportunities in Digital Britain

Landmark audit forecasts the direction ‘digital Britain’ is heading. The passing of the Digital Economy Act in April has thrown up a whole host of issues for those in the digital entertainment industry. No longer a niche industry, but resolutely mainstream, how many small businesses are able to get to grips with the lightning speed at which the world of digital entertainment and consumer behaviour is changing? As a new report suggests consumer behaviour and attitudes are shifting almost as quickly as new technology itself is emerging, how can organisations large and small, new and established, keep up to speed with key commercial issues affecting them and shaping the industry at large? Social media is now very much for the masses, but how permissive can brands be in reaching au... »

Most SMEs Unhappy with Broadband Speed

Most SMEs Unhappy with Broadband Speed

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Government to do more to improve Internet access for small firms after finding that more than half are unhappy with their connection. According to research by the FSB, 63 % of small firms are unhappy with the speed and reliability of their connection. As the Digital Economy Bill goes through parliament, the FSB has urged the Government to add measures to improve the speed and reliability of Internet access for small firms. The Bill includes requirements for telecoms watchdog Ofcom to assess the UK’s communications infrastructure every two years, including broadband access. FSB spokeswoman, Prue Watson, said that Ofcom needed to clamp down on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) whose broadband service was slower than they had pr... »

High-speed Broadband should be available to all SMEs

High-speed Broadband should be available to all SMEs

The Government’s plans to make ‘minimum’ speed broadband available to all businesses by 2012, will leave many small firms with slow, inefficient Internet access, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. Earlier this month, the Government announced in its Digital Britain White Paper that it will provide the infrastructure for all UK businesses to be able to access minimum speed broadband (2 Mbps) by 2012. FSB chairman, John Wright, said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to ensure universal access to fast broadband, but our research shows that a third of small businesses already have 2Mbps broadband, yet struggle to do core, day-to-day business activities,” “More than half of small businesses rely on the Internet for up to 50% of t... »

Digital Britain: NESTA’s Response

NESTA, the independent charity that invests in science, technology and arts, responds to the new Digital Britain report and says that "digital Britons" must now be the focus… Welcoming the latest publication of the Government’s Digital Britain Report, Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Jonathan Kestenbaum, says: "Digital Britain is no longer a marginal issue. It lies at the heart of unlocking economic potential and radically reshaping how we deliver public services. Get this right and people will no longer accept being passive consumers of services, but will become a part of the solution. The challenge for policymakers is to harness this new power in a positive way. It’s time for Britons to get digital&quo... »