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How will the 5.4 Million UK SMEs Move to Digital? Tech Nation 2016

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How do 5.4 Million SMEs in the UK in 2015 – The Drivers of the Economy Will Move to Digital?

SMEs are the drivers of the world economy, an economy that is now driven by digital tools and forms. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 90% of all businesses in the EU and they are in a big need of digital education. If you look at the usual definition of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is any business with fewer than 250 employees. These small companies or medium are in the need to convert into digital or will disappear. A company without a CRM in place or some kind of business software will slowly disappear. SMEs are the effective drivers of any country economic health but they are as well fragile organisations that need substantial nurturing. Nurturing from SME finance and special digital and fintech tools that will make them grow and scale their businesses and operations.

Tech Nation 2016: Transforming UK Industries
Tech Nation 2016: Transforming UK Industries

From the 5.4 million SMEs in the UK in 2015, which was over 99% of all businesses, up by 146,000 or 3% since 2014 a lot of these businesses are struggling to move into digital. As the number of businesses in the UK has increased each year, by 3% on average since 2000 the digital progression is still very weak.

Digital In the UK
Digital In the UK

In 2015, there were 1.9 million more businesses than in 2000, an increase of 55% over the whole period and a number that shows the power of SMEs the question if how much of these SMEs are using the right digital tools and processes to get their business in a growth mode.

At the same time the proportion of businesses that employ people has fallen since 2000 from around a third, to around a quarter as new forms of recruitment evolve and mostly using digital crowdsourcing work platforms to recruit people. This decline in the number of employers as a proportion of all businesses is due to the growth in self-employment and the evolution of new work economics based in platforms that scale different outsourcing of people and functions and Software as a service facilities and tools.

As the number of sole proprietorships (businesses with no employees) has grown by more than the number of all businesses (by 73% compared to 55% for all businesses) the challenges are evident that we are in an economy of freelances and scaled working forces based in digital software platforms.

The number of businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business in UK progress towards the direction of digital self directed sole proprietorships.Some important numbers taken from a Business statistics Briefing paper Number 06152, released on the 7 December 2015  by By Chris Rhodes show some very important information:

•    In 2015, there were 5.4 million businesses in the UK.
•    Over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses – employing 0-249
•    5.1 million (95%) businesses were micro-businesses – employing 0-9 people. Micro- businesses accounted for 33% of employment and 18% of turnover.
•    In London, there were 1,434 businesses per 10,000 resident adults. In the North East there were 629 per 10,000 resident adults.
•    The service industries accounted for 74% of businesses, 79% of employment and 71% of turnover.
•    The manufacturing sector accounted for 5% of businesses, 10% of employment and 16% of turnover.
•    There were 351,000 business births and 246,000 business deaths in 2014.
•    20% of SMEs are female-led, and in October 2015 it was announced that 26% of FTSE100 board members were female.
Industrial Network Analysis based on Digital Occurence
Industrial Network Analysis based on Digital Occurence
Tech Nation 2016: Transforming UK Industries

On the subject of the digital economy and how UK SMEs are coping with digital there have been some efforts to push the transformation of digital businesses in digital – a tech powered nation.

The tech nation 2016 is a program designed to make a comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital Tech Economy showing vividly how the tech industries in the UK are driving economic growth, employment, as well as regional development. This analysis which comes originally from the Tech city UK and innovation charity Nesta, and fully supported by core data partner Grwothntel, has proven to be one of the most comprehensive UK’s economic analysis that is geared to look into how the entire economy has grown or is growing till date. Find out below, some of the important stats of the tech nation 2016.

How to Explore The UK’s Flourishing And Thriving Tech Nation 2016

The tech nation 2016 tends to look at the following attributes of development in the UK’s region in terms of economic growth:

1. Digital Technology Industries

The UK’s digital tech industries are reported to have grown to 32%, which is faster than the rest of the UK’s economy when it comes to turnover. Moreover, in 2014, the estimated turnover of the tech industries is reported to have reached up to £161bn.

2.  The Digital Tech Economy Jobs

According to reports, about 41% of jobs in the UK’s digital tech economy are in traditionally non-digital industries such as the public sector and financial services and creating more than 1.56 million jobs across the UK’s region. Also, from 2010-2014, jobs in the UK grew to 11.2% which is almost three times faster than the rest of the UK’s economy. However, average advertised salaries in digital roles are reported to be under £50,000 – which is 36% higher than national average.

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3. Cluster Growth

In terms of cluster growth, the tech nation 2016 shows that digital companies supporting growth across all UK cities are growing at a faster rate more than the local economies’. Moreover, up to 80% of the tech nation clusters are reported to have seen growth with salaries growing faster than the local average; digital jobs have also grown and there is also an improved increment in digital employment.

Benefits Of The Tech Nation 2016 Reports

·       The tech nation 2016 report is important, as it tends to reveal how the UK’s digital industry is growing.
·       The report will help the British government to know whether or not there’s an improvement in the region’s economy.
·       The tech nation 2016 is also important, in the sense that it tends to know the rate at which employment and the available of jobs in the region is growing.

You can find the report from TechCity in partnership with NESTA here:


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Hernaldo Turrillo
Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.

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