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Digital Economy Business Survey 2021: findings

Summary of findings from the Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS) 2021. This publication includes the high level DEBS report, accompanying data tables and the Digital Economy Maturity Index 2021.

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1 Includes mobile broadband connection via portable devices (e.g. tethering to mobile 3G, 4G or 5G networks); portable computers using mobile phone networks (e.g. laptops with inbuilt 3G, 4G or 5G) and other portable devices such as smartphones or tablets.

2 This option was not listed in the 2017 survey, and so no comparisons are available.

3 Note that this question is not directly comparable with 2017 due to the change of scale from a 1-10 format to essential/ important/ not important for 2021.

4 Respondents were asked to rate how committed their business is to reducing its environmental impact on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 = not committed at all; and 10 = very committed.

5 The first cases of Covid-19 in Scotland were identified in March 2020. Scotland entered a national lockdown on 23rd March 2020 alongside the rest of the UK where many businesses were put under restrictions. Scottish businesses have faced ongoing restrictions of varying degree throughout 2020/2021 impacting businesses’ ability to trade.

6 * These responses were not asked in the 2017 survey.

7 The first cases of Covid-19 in Scotland were identified in March 2020. Scotland entered a national lockdown on 23rd March 2020 alongside the rest of the UK where many businesses were put under restrictions. Scottish businesses have faced ongoing restrictions of varying degree throughout 2020/2021 impacting businesses’ ability to trade.

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