One third of UK small businesses work in the cloud

Over one third of small business leaders are in the cloud – using internet-based applications to help run their business, a YouGov survey has found.

Over one third of small business leaders are in the cloud – using internet-based applications to help run their business, a YouGov survey has found.
The shift to online for core business applications, including online document, customer and financial management is set to increase widely over the next 12 months.
The online survey of 500 UK small businesses, commissioned by Intuit UK, found 60% of small business leaders cited automatic data back-up as a benefit of online services.
One in 10 said they had learned this the hard way because they had lost business data on files stored on computers at least once in the past 12 months after a crash, virus attack or hardware failiure because they didn’t have a recent back-up.
The poll revealed a 22% increase of small businesses aim to use storage or document sharing services, while a further third expect to use online services in word processing, spreadsheet or presentation services.
”Small businesses in the UK are showing increasing confidence toward using online services to manage core business functions such as financial management,” said Pernille Bruun-Jenson, managing director of Intuit UK.
Nearly three quarters (70%) said they used cloud services because they could access documents or services anywhere, while more than one in 10 (41%) said they’d decided to use cloud computing because it saved them time and there was no need to install software.
Nearly half (49%) said one of the biggest benefits of cloud services was the ease in which they could share information with others.





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