Ruth Mitchell

Tech boosts entrepreneurial productivity

Entrepreneurs are using new technologies to increase their productivity, research suggests.

A new survey from YouGov, commissioned by Research In Motion (RIM), shows that small and medium businesses are increasingly using smart technologies to enable them to work more flexibly.

Research indicates that around 25% of small business owners are either using, or considering using, technologies such as ‘smart phones’ to access company systems such as accounting databases while on the move.

Mobile applications allowing conference calls, access to banking facilities and instant messaging were cited by respondents as useful tools.

Rory O’Neill, director of solutions and alliances marketing at RIM said: “More and more SMEs are realising that mobile technology is not just about communications and email on the go - it can improve overall business efficiency.”

Some 60% of young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 34, claimed they saved up to two hours of productive time each day by using smart technologies.

Around 45% of entrepreneurs over 35 found their businesses benefitted from more productive time.

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