The 2003 Continental Research report, which surveyed 500 UK firms, also found that nearly one in five companies expected this increase to be “considerable”.
Medium-sized businesses are driving the increased spending on e-business, with a quarter expecting online activity to increase a lot in the next year.
Forty-two per cent of the businesses surveyed had their own website.
Efforts by the banking community to encourage their business customers to use online services is driving e-business growth. Last year, just under a quarter of UK businesses were carrying out some type of banking activity online, but this year’s survey found this has risen significantly to around 36%.
Other services businesses are, increasingly, using online include travel and ordering of goods, such as software and raw materials, the report found.