Digital Economy Business Survey 2017

In 2017, the Scottish Government, in partnership with HIE, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, commissioned the Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS). This aimed to build upon the findings of the 2014 baseline DEBS study, and to provide an understanding of the level of digitisation of Scotland’s businesses, allowing for benchmarking and progress to be measured over time.

The survey offered insight into the areas where businesses may require extra support to improve their adoption and exploitation of digital technology, exploring themes such as adoption and use of digital technologies, internationalisation and e-commerce, use of digital public services and digital skills. It also looked at the collaborative economy and cyber resilience – two new topic areas that have come to the fore since the 2014 survey. 

A total of 3,258 businesses in Scotland participated in the survey, including 1,209 located within the Highlands and Islands.

The Scotland wide report is available on the Scottish Government website

HIE undertook analysis of the DEBS findings for businesses located in the Highlands and Islands region.  The report and executive summary can be downloaded below. 


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