They make up a half of all jobs in the UK and account for half of our GDP, yet they are often the most at risk shows recent research reports.
Recent research by Cable & Wireless shows that most small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not making contingency plans for staff who might be unable to access company offices following an emergency.
More than 65% of SMEs admitted their businesses would be materially impacted if staff were unable to access the office for a day or less. That said, one-third of SMEs outside London and two-thirds of those inside London have not put business continuity plans in place.
The survey also showed that although one-third of small businesses recognised the need to back up data, they did not keep backup copies outside their headquarters, therefore placing them at risk if their offices became inaccessible. Also, two-thirds of the companies had made no provision for their staff to work from home or to access company networks.
Such lack of planning could leave businesses vulnerable from fires, floods or terrorist attacks leaving buildings inaccessible.
In a different study, SMEs saw computer viruses as presenting the biggest security risk with spam and identity theft also being mentioned.
The importance of SMEs to the UK economy cannot be overlooked. They are powerful purchasers of many different products and services and there are vast, often untapped, opportunities that can be explored with SMEs.
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