More than half of sole traders and small firms are having their business hindered by below par internet access, a new report has claimed.
According to the study from outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.co.uk, 57 per cent of small companies believe that the poor quality of their internet connection affects their ability to run a successful business.
Asked why they believe this to be, 65 per cent of 1,500 respondents said that they believe there is still a rural-urban internet divide. They also felt that despite reports to the contrary, the government is not interested in bridging the gap.
Matt Barries, CEO of Freelancer.co.uk, said that sufficient internet coverage needs to be rolled out across the whole of the UK if business development is to be pushed forwards.
“Reliable and robust Internet access is essential for all UK businesses to take advantage of new business opportunities the internet provides," he added.
“It is isn’t just e-commerce, but businesses are now relying on cloud technology as well as carrying out important business communications. It shouldn’t be easier for someone in London to have a business Skype call with someone in Pakistan than with someone in Halesworth in Suffolk.”