Third of UK firms ‘slow to adopt new technology’

Written by Anthony Strzalek
19/09/2017

Almost a third of UK businesses (31 per cent) admit being slow to adopt technological innovations, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by TomTom Telematics and which senior managers at 400 UK businesses, found that a third of firms (32 per cent) still use paper to store business-sensitive information and that more than half (53 per cent) use spreadsheets.

However, despite the admissions, 82 per cent still believe it’s important to use the most up-to-date technology.

Cost was cited as the biggest barrier to tech adoption by 36 per cent of those businesses surveyed. Sixteen per cent said they faced difficulties introducing new systems while 15 per cent said there was a lack of time to invest in research and implementation. A further 11 per cent said they faced resistance among workers.

Beverley Wise, director UK & Ireland at TomTom Telematics, said: “Slow or late tech adopters risk falling behind the curve and, as a consequence, potentially damaging their competitiveness.

“Effective long term digital strategies and the integration of technologies into core business activities can hold the key to simplified processes, helping improve operational efficiency, productivity and sustained levels of growth.”

“Companies should look beyond the short-term pain of any initial outlay – an investment in business technology that is implemented and used effectively can result in a significant and swift return on investment.”

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