A majority (95%) of big business leaders consider smart technology to be important for the UK’s economic growth.

More than 500 British senior decision-makers have overwhelmingly said they support the digital upgrade of Britain’s energy system, according to a survey from Smart Energy GB.

Around 83% believe Britain’s energy system needs a digital upgrade, with similar numbers believing the smart meter rollout is important for the British economy.

Millions of digital smart meters are currently being installed in homes and small businesses across the country, enabling better management of energy supply and demand. It is expected the new meters will underpin greater integration of smart technology across the country.

Nearly seven out of 10 are considering the technology in their own business strategies.

Just under 90% of respondents said they would like to see government put together a plan for Britain to maximise the economic potential of smart meters, smart meters data and smart technologies.

Around 94% of the people that believe this also said it should be developed hand-in-hand with businesses.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB said: “Smart meters are transforming the way consumers are buying and using energy. They’re the vital building blocks of a digital energy system. This research shows that business leaders across the country recognise the incredible opportunities that are being created by the smart meter rollout and the transformation it brings to our energy system.”

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