Statement on web-ready businesses

The following is a response to a recent survey that claimed that 80 per cent of independent businesses in Birmingham were not equipped to offer customers the ability to purchase goods and services from their websites.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “This report makes very interesting reading, and underlines just why we needed to develop the Smart City Roadmap, launched earlier this month.

“It is clear we must work with partner organisations to deliver the infrastructure needed for businesses to thrive. Our plans to develop better broadband by offering affordable access to ultra-fast connections is evidence we are determined to rise to this challenge.

“As a council, we will do everything within our power to assist, but businesses need to be open and receptive to the power of the internet. Globally, more and more trade is done online – to remain competitive, firms need to embrace the web wherever possible.”

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