Research has revealed that small businesses suffer from
slow and inadequate broadband connections. But Jonathan
Elliott, managing director of money saving expert for business Make It Cheaper, says it's easy to check your
speed and switch to a better provider.
A few weeks ago I was singing the praises of cloud computing as
a way to bring down office overheads, with the caveat that it
relied on having the right internet connection.
According to the Forum of Private Business, having access to
decent communications is one of its members' top concerns. The
anxiety is not just about gaining a competitive advantage via cloud
computing, it's up there because of the need for business-grade
broadband to be able to do fairly mundane things too - like
processing card transactions quicker, allow customer Wi-Fi access,
running CCTV cameras, as well as using it as you'd expect for
browsing and emailing.
So what do you need to do to get on the right package if it's
something you've been neglecting? Well, one in five businesses is
in a position to switch right now and every business we speak to
can switch within 12 months. Those that do switch typically reduce
their phone and broadband bills by 20% to 30%. As well as BT and
Talk Talk Business, the business telecoms market has a wide range
of SME-specialist suppliers to choose from like Daisy, Chess &
Titan who are all doing well because they provide competitive rates
for the same sort of level of service.
For anyone interested, we currently have an exclusive offer that
gives you unlimited broadband for free for a year as long as you
take a two-year contract (costing £10 a month in the second year).
The money aside, you'll be pleased to hear that problems like
downtime during the switch are no longer an issue. With
improvements in technology, the transfer process is now seamless
with very little chance of disruption to service at any time.
To top it all off, thanks to an Ofcom ruling earlier this year,
your telecoms contracts don't get automatically rolled into new
contracts, unlike in the business energy market. For many firms
though - particularly those with big data uploads - it' simply
speed, speed, speed above any other factor. We have a postcode
speed checker on our website but, if you want to trump the standard
business grade, there are even better options available... 'Fiber
to the Cabinet' (FTTC), 'Ethernet in the First Mile' (EFM) and
leased lines will give your business the athleticism it needs to be
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money on broadband as well as many other utiltity bills, call
Make It Cheaper for a free consultation. It takes just a few
minutes, but could save your business thousands. Click here for more