“Small Businesses act as a Catalyst for Economic Recovery”
Key SME Issue Sets the Tone on Debate2010 Forum
Innovative Platform for Political Engagement Proves a Hit with the Public
LONDON UK – May xx, 2010 – As the results of the general election are declared, salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company, has revealed that supporting small enterprise to help drive the UK’s economic recovery was among the hottest business topics on Debate2010 (http:// Debate 2010.co.uk/), the UK’s first real-time, online discussion forum run for the General Election.
Attention focused on what the next Government should do ‘to boost investment in the thousands of small businesses that need help during these tough times so they can flourish in the future and create more jobs.’ Among the most popular and hotly debated ideas were ‘enourage innovators’, supported by 100% of respondents, ‘reduce regulation’, supported by 95.7% and ‘encourage all social and economic groups to develop skills needed for small business’, supported by 92.9%. .
Debate2010 was launched in March by salesforce.com in conjunction with Telegraph Media Group http://telegraph.co.uk/, publishers of The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Telegraph.co.uk and The Telegraph weekly world edition.
“A common theme of many of the business discussions was the great value that SMEs deliver for the economy as a whole,” says Dr Steve Garnett, chairman EMEA, salesforce.com. “One posting even stated that ‘they are the cradles of entrepreneurial endeavour, create jobs and help to knit together our communities.’
“SMEs are important to the UK economy and the level of investment they receive can be critical to their ongoing success,” adds Garnett. “However, SMEs’ choice of technology platform is just as important - in controlling costs; in getting to market quickly and in having the freedom to innovate and drive business advantage. By opting for cloud computing, they can reduce upfront capital expense, cut maintenance costs, enhance operational effectiveness and agility and ultimately achieve competitive edge.”
Debate2010 was the first crowd-sourcing site in the UK to report national opinion in real-time and was designed to facilitate debate in the run up to the election. The public debated topics, posted ideas, and voted and commented on the issues that most concerned them.
The site ran more than 100 debates – covering everything from the national debt to the environment and the future of education. Tens-of-thousands of people participated in the online debates.
Notes to Editors
• Debate2010 can be found at www.Debate2010.co.uk
• Follow Debate2010 on Twitter @debate2010 and join the debate with #debate2010
• Follow salesforce.com on Twitter @Salesforce
• View interviews with the Debate2010 team on YouTube
• Find screen shots on Flickr
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