CBI survey casts doubt on e-business capability

Many UK companies lack an online presence and have no plans to implement a website in the near future, according to the...

Many UK companies lack an online presence and have no plans to implement a website in the near future, according to the Confederation of British Industry.

The CBI's latest regional survey of UK economic trends, based on responses from more than 3,500 UK businesses, found that 33% of firms have no website. Of these, 51% have no plans to implement one in the next 12 months.

The CBI figures contrasted with statements from the government about making the UK the best place in the world for e-commerce, according to Martin Atherton, lead analyst at research firm Datamonitor

"The government is clearly starting to fret about having made bold statements about IT take-up within the business and consumer arenas," he said. "If it wants more uptake, it will have to do more then just talk about it."

The government has been taking steps to improve e-business take-up, such as the e-business web-based benchmarking tool from UK Online for Business.

The tool benchmarks firms against data on IT adoption, sophistication of sales systems, use of IT internally and with suppliers, and strategic approach to IT.

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