The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed that small Scottish businesses are lagging behind the UK in new technology investment.
Over the past year they have invested an average of £2,650 in new technology, compared with a UK-wide figure of £3,500. About half of the Scottish firms cited shortcomings in local digital infrastructure as a barrier to investment.
The business organisation has highlighted the results from Scotland as part of its recent UK-wide survey with IT industry association Intellect on small businesses’ use of technology. The survey, which was carried out in January, received responses from 2,200 businesses across the UK, including 230 from Scotland.
Despite this, the FSB says that four in five small Scottish firms believe they can grow their business by investing in technology.
Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish Policy Convenor, said: "Firms recognise that technology can give them an edge but, worryingly, Scottish firms seem less keen to invest than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK.
"Better infrastructure, they say, would encourage them to invest and we look forward to the promise of improvements in this area becoming a reality," he added. "Scottish business owners, too, must regularly ensure they’re taking advantage of the opportunities which new technology presents."
BT recently announced it is aiming to roll out a £146 million fibre optic broadband programme in Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.