Study of South West SMEs use of technology gets underway

Study of South West SMEs use of technology gets underway


Businesses across the South West are being encouraged to take part in a new study to find out how well companies are using technology to boost productivity. 

The Technology for Success initiative will give organisations the chance to benchmark their use of technology to support and grow their business and compare it with similar businesses. 

Launched by Exeter-based strategy and support technology company Timewade, in partnership with Tech South West, the first part of the study is a 10-minute online survey for businesses to complete. A Technology for Success business group has also been launched, for businesses keen to get involved with more detailed discussions around key business technology learnings, trends and opportunities. 

The findings, combined with additional research including interviews with some of the region’s most successful companies, will form the basis of Devon’s first Technology for Success report, shared with all those taking part and the wider business community. 

Julian Wills, Managing Director of Timewade, based at Exeter Airport Business Park, said: “Every company needs to see themselves as a tech company in terms of how they integrate technology into their strategic vision as much as their day-to-day operations. Technology touches every aspect of an organisation, from how it is set up within a business and how it best supports working with customers, clients, suppliers and partners, to developing products and services, managing data and securing new business. The aim of Technology for Success is to give business leaders valuable insights into what they and other companies are doing now, how things will shift in the next five years and what are the potential opportunities to improve their use of technology to benefit their business.” 

Focusing on areas including the use of technology within a business, the skills of employees and its role supporting a company’s overall strategy, the study also allows participants to take the ‘Tech for Success’ Barometer challenge to find out just how ‘techy’ they and their company are. 


Companies can take the survey at: 

and can find out more about the business group at:

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