Helping your business think big

Email a Friend

Cloud adoption seen as crucial to business development in 2013
Cloud computing is increasingly seen as an important tool by small businesses

Small enterprises feel that cloud adoption could be key to the growth of their company. 

More than two thirds (70 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK have said that adoption of the cloud will be an important factor to contribute to the growth of their business in the next 12 months, according to a study by Fasthosts.

The survey asked small business owners questions about their views and experiences of cloud adoption and the impact it has on business operations.

Of the 70 per cent, half of the respondents (35 per cent) say that the cloud is ‘extremely important’ to their business growth strategy.

Simon Yeoman, general manager of Fasthosts says, 'Many large enterprises have firmly established their cloud strategies but SMEs have up until now found the concept of cloud quite alien and therefore haven’t integrated it into business operations.

'The results of this survey demonstrate that SMEs are starting to think seriously about the cloud and that they are taking important steps to use it to their business advantage.'

The survey also asked respondents which aspects of their business they thought the cloud would help them with most. 

The results reveal that 38 per cent of SMEs believe that the flexibility and scalability that the cloud can provide would be most beneficial.

Yeoman adds, 'For many SMEs, moving to the cloud is a big step but it is also a move that could be especially beneficial for this group. The scalability of the cloud is something that smaller businesses are beginning to recognise as a benefit and factors like cost reduction are very important for smaller businesses. 

'In a lot of cases, a lack of education about the cloud is the barrier for small businesses that are considering making the jump. Helping educate the SME sector is something we take very seriously and we are beginning to see a real move in the market as levels of understanding rise.'

See also: Legal advice crucial to starting a small business

Previous article

Less than one in five small businesses likely to take on an apprentice

Next article

EFG scheme 'showing improvement' with highest level of SME lending since 2011

Post a comment

1 comment

Selvakumar Manickam

Awareness is very important to push cloud forward just as it is with IPv6


News | Management

Product development help for SMEs has arrived!

News | Outlook

Get your business up and running

News | Outlook

A better way of doing business

News | Management

What broadband can do for your business

Small Business Offers

More from Small Business

Starting a Business
Choosing the right product packaging and labelling

Choosing the right product packaging and labelling

Here's how good presentation of your product can be a marketing tool as of itself. ...  

Financing a Business
Should banks really be the default choice for SMEs in search of finance?

Should banks really be the default choice for SMEs in search of finance?

Russell Gould, managing director of Everline, discusses the current state of the small business finance...  

Running a Business
How to say goodbye to 'not in good order' reports

How to say goodbye to 'not in good order' reports

In this article Jesper Frederiksen explores how small businesses are using technology to fight the...  

Small businesses find the going tough in modern economy

Small businesses find the going tough in modern economy

More than three quarters of SME leaders are not confident in the steady recovery of...