In a new report published today, the Federation of Small
businesses (FSB) is calling for Government to adopt much more
ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for
businesses across the UK. With an estimated 45,000 firms still on
dial up, and many more struggling with speeds lower than 2 Megabits
per second (Mbps), it is clear that while the residential market
may be seeing the benefits of high speed broadband, this is often
not the case for the business community. The UK's forthcoming
digital infrastructure strategy therefore needs to recognise this
issue and put small businesses at the front and centre of future
rollout plans, so that they can enjoy the benefits too.
The latest Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Small
Business Index shows a growing skills shortage in the workplace.
Now identified as a significant barrier to growth for small firms,
almost one third (29.9%) of those surveyed report skills shortages
as hampering growth, with construction and computer services
particularly hard hit.