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SME Productivity goes down the drain thanks to IT and others

A recent survey published (opens in new tab) by BT shows that half of UK's Small Businesses waste one month a year on non-core activities such as Finance, IT and HR

The research also showed that 10 percent of the respondents had to attend to admin tasks for a day and a half a week, which corresponds to one third of a year.

Alastair Hirst, from BT (opens in new tab), said that most Small Businesses don't have IT managers, instead relying on a "pay as you go" approach to solving technology issues.

The report also highlighted the need for companies to simplify their communications and IT solutions; something that BT is keen to push as it was presenting BT Business one, which it hailed as UK's first Triple Play designed for Business.

BT Business One comes with a free billing analyst software and only one bill to worry and one main phone number to contact for all enquiries; BT did not disclosed whether the broadband in the package is unlimited or not.

The research was based on a working year of 240 days and was carried by Vanson-Bourne amongst 435 businesses with less than 50 employees across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.