Are you one of the 90 per cent of businesses that are unprepared for GDPR? - Thorne Widgery

Are you one of the 90 per cent

With less than 30 days left until the deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), more than 90 per cent of UK small businesses admit they are not yet fully ready.

In fact, a poll conducted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) found that only eight per cent of SMEs have completed their preparations for the new data protection regulations, while a further 35 per cent said preparations are only at an early stage and 33 per cent said they had not even started.

This latter figure is not surprising as the survey also showed that 18 per cent of small business owners were completely unaware of the GDPR; with 34 per cent admitting they had little understanding of its requirements or complexity.

When breaking down the sectors of those asked, arts and entertainment businesses were the least prepared for the regulations followed by the retail and wholesale sector, construction, manufacturing and the scientific professions.

The most prepared were those in the financial services sector, where 82 per cent of respondents said that they had either started or completed their GDPR preparations.

If you are still unclear about your obligations, there is a 12 step plan and checklist as well as in-depth information available on the ICO website – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/