FSB: SMEs looking to internet to stop job cuts

26th January 2009

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted the role of the internet in retaining the work of IT support individuals.

According to a spokesperson from the organisation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are conscious of the economic downturn but are largely responding by streamlining operations as opposed to simply cutting staff.

Furthermore, he noted that many are diversifying and using the internet more to concentrate on their "unique selling points" as companies.

The representative continued: "They are seeing if people can work from home rather than work in an office, try and be more energy efficient and make cuts that way."

Acting as a campaigning pressure group, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of owners of small businesses and those who are self-employed.

The news follows a survey by Opus Energy this month, which found that 37 per cent of Britain's small businesses were more likely to cut budgets for advertising and business travel than they were for IT support costs.

In a recent survey of SMEs for Connect, the two most important benefits of outsourcing were guaranteed response times and allowing in-house IT staff to concentrate on more strategic issues.