SMEs Must Open up to the Automation Revolution or Be Left Behind.



Automation adoption rate is only four per cent amongst SMEs according to a recent government report.

It has been a common trend that uptake in new technologies is slower amongst SMEs than that of major multinational companies, who have significantly more scale and resources. However, according to managed services provider (MSP), EACS, adopting new automation technologies should now be in the everyday thinking for businesses of all sizes, particularly amongst SMEs.

Although automation technologies are becoming increasingly accessible, SMEs in the UK are still lagging significantly behind larger corporations. This is according to a recent report published by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee last week. The findings revealed SMEs are likely to lack digital skills and most unlikely to adopt automation technology (with an adoption rate of only four per cent, compared to 28 per cent of large businesses). In addition, the committee found a lack of awareness and understanding of automation is harming SME productivity.

Stuart Dickinson, COO of EACS, commented: "The report offers a timely reminder that uptake in automation technologies and Al-related systems is slow in the UK, particularly amongst the small and medium-sized businesses in our economy. Amongst many other issues, this is primarily down to security concerns and fears that a rise in automation in the workplace leads to human job losses.

"However, we firmly believe that there isn't a single organisation in the country, big or small, that would not benefit from automation technologies and Al-related systems, as they give businesses of any size a cost-effective way to compete differently. They allow businesses to remove the burden that legacy technologies, cumbersome manual processes and repetitive tasks are having on their day-to-day operations. By automating repetitive and necessary tasks with improved accuracy and efficiency, businesses will then be able to focus and invest more time in retraining and reskilling workers in...

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