Almost two million UK small businesses are putting their data and productivity at risk by relying on out-of-date technology to run their business, it was claimed today.
A survey by business reporting firm BizHelp24 claimed that 24 per cent of small business owners felt no need to update or replace their computers and other technology at all.
The survey also found that 12.4 per cent only update computers every three years, and 12.1 per cent every four years or more.
BizHelp24 said that slow and unreliable computers are the biggest cause of irritation in the office.
However, 34 per cent of businesses upgrade or replace equipment once a year or more, ensuring that equipment remains productive and reliable.
Colin Duguid, managing director of BizHelp24, said: "While older computers may still do the job, they can be slow and unreliable and are more likely to break down and disrupt business.
"Updating or replacing equipment every couple of years helps to ensure that staff can stay productive, and minimises the risk of losing data or needing to pay the cost of repairs.
"Businesses that have invested in good technology may be justified in keeping it for several years, but it is worrying that so many businesses say they do not need to update their technology at all."
The survey of over 360 small business owners/managers/employees was conducted online during January 2007.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago