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In the past six months, the number of companies in Yorkshire and Humber using the internet to buy online has doubled, according to a survey by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and the CBI.
The survey revealed that manufacturing is leading the drive to e-commerce in the region.
The number of firms selling online has risen by half compared to six months ago.
Six months previously just 18% of companies in the region were using theiInternet for purchasing: now this has risen to 33%. Although the majority of firms still only use the Internet for information and communication, the number selling online has risen from 15% to 22% while 38% use it for advertising.
Penny Hemming, regional director of the CBI, warned that skills shortages and lack of finance were the main obstacles for e-commerce growth in the region.