The Federation of Small Businesses has collaborated with Facebook to help address the digital skills deficit within the UK’s small businesses.
FSB research revealed that 26% of small business owners lack confidence in basic digital skills and says that if left unchecked, this will further stall productivity growth in the UK.
Having called for both government and industry action to tackle this skills shortage, FSB has now invited Facebook to collaborate in creating and delivering a series of custom-made in-person training for small businesses across the UK, launching next week on 20th May.
Martin McTague, FSB Chairman, Policy and Advocacy, commented, “Digital innovation provides enormous potential both for individual businesses and for improving UK productivity. But these benefits can only be realised if small business owners are able and confident to take advantage. That’s why support to improve digital skills among small business owners is so important and why FSB is now collaborating with Facebook to deliver that support. We’re particularly pleased that this will be delivered through in-person training which we know many business owners value.”
Ciaràn Quilty, Facebook Vice President, added, “Small businesses are the backbone of UK economy and create the majority of private sector new jobs. Through the Boost Your Business initiative, in collaboration with FSB, we’ll work side by side with small businesses and start-ups to help them grow. We’ve created additional programmes to help people with the skills and resources they need to grow their businesses or put their own ideas into action.”
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