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Small firms failing to make use of web

Small firms failing to make use of web

The majority of small businesses in the UK have yet to realise the commercial benefits of the internet, according to a new report. The UK Online study found two thirds of British firms with fewer than ten employees have no internet connection. Over half (51%) of those that do do not have a company website, while 17% are still on dial-up. Shane Redding, chairman of the Institute of Direct Marketing, said: "Small businesses have been relatively slow to reap the rewards that an effective online presence can bring. "There is a clear need for small business owners to better understand the opportunities available so that they can continue to thrive and compete against larger businesses." The survey covered 600 UK firms. Source: E-consultancy

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