News: A Third of UK Small Businesses Have No Website

According to a new report, a shocking 37% of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK don’t have a website.

The SME Digitisation Report from Lloyds Banking Group also revealed that a worrying 20% are “deliberately disconnected” from the internet, despite the many benefits a website can have for a business. Businesses with the lowest turnover showed the lowest rates of digital usage.

Ian Patterson, area director for Lloyds TSB Commercial in Central London, said: “There is no avoiding the fact that the Internet is part of everyday life and is an essential ingredient of business growth. This research shows that many SMEs are still not embracing digital technology often because they don’t believe there are benefits to be had. But it is clear that when businesses do go digital, the rewards come quickly.”

The report also explored the benefits of using digital services, which included cost savings, greater sales and better customer interaction.

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