Spreading Benefits of Technology

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Byline: PASCA L FINTONI

THE Government's commitment to hi-tech businesses should be welcomed, but we also need to promote technology across all sectors if Britain is to maintain its competitive edge.

David Cameron's unveiling of a pounds 200m package for new technology and innovation centres is a welcome boost to research and development, but ministers must not overlook the benefits that technology can offer to small businesses.

While hi-tech companies have a big role to play in helping the UK to grow its way out of recession, businesses in all sectors can weather the storm by adopting technology-based solutions that will increase efficiency and productivity. We also need to make sure that employees have the skills and knowledge to make effective use of new technology.

Governments tend to focus on the big headline-grabbing stories, while ignoring the benefits technology can offer to SMEs that employ the majority of Britain's workforce. Solutions like online sales, automated manufacturing procedures, customer relationship management and effective stock control can positively influence the bottom line.

The solutions are out there and advice is on offer for businesses that need it, but we also must ensure that the right training is available to support the investment. …