SMEs in Scotland are flying the flag for small business skill development, according to new research from the annual Bank of Scotland Business Digital Index.
The BoS index surveyed 2,000 small firms and charities in order to assess their tech savvy, and looked at five basic online skills including managing information, communication, transactions, creating, and problem solving. The survey found that fewer than 33% of SMEs in Scotland lacked these skills – a 5% improvement on the UK average.
Chair of the Bank of Scotland’s executive committee, Philip Grant, said: “The Business Digital Index shows digital maturity is increasing for small businesses in Scotland, however, there are still too many without basic digital skills.
Making the most out of online business
“It’s clear that being online can open the doors to opportunities, as well as cost and time saving benefits. We must do more to encourage small businesses based in Scotland to invest in digital skills, allowing them to make the most out of being online and to reap the benefits.”
Following yesterdays news that the digital skills gap still persists, the fact that Scotland’s small businesses are investing in digital skills is an encouraging sign, matched by the fact Scottish SMEs were also taking a lead on cyber security investment. According to BoS, 60% of small firms north of the border said they needed to invest in protecting their business from cyber security attacks, lower than the UK average of 69%.