In a survey of 250+ business owners/managers throughout Ireland, 56% say that when it comes to IT, broadband is the biggest single challenge facing Irish SME’s.

The survey also revealed that the majority of Irish SMEs feel there is definitely room and need for improvement when it comes to the online presence of their business. 

In the survey, respondents were asked their views pertaining to broadband provision and the visibility of their business online.

Speaking of the findings, Marc O’Dwyer, CEO of Big Red Cloud who undertook the survey, saif he believes the survey shows that most business appreciate the importance of having a strong or at least adequate online presence,

“29% of these businesses are satisfied that their business requirements are met when it comes to online presence, and a further 60% recognise that more needs to be done. 10 years ago, these figures would have been a lot lower. But now, for a vast array of business sectors, the need to conduct at least some business online is growing, as evidenced by the fact that 75% of those surveyed responded that 10% or more of their business originates through their online presence. Furthermore, 17% of these SMEs say they get more than 30% of their business from online interactions.”

The business sentiment survey also found that: More than 1 in 10 of SME owners/managers think cyber-crime is the biggest problem for Irish SMEs; Staff issues come second in IT-related challenges to SMEs (16%).