STEALTH AMERICAN TAX COSTS UK ECONOMY £4.5BILLION EACH YEAR Wednesday 2 April 2008 PDF Print Open. Delete. Open. Delete. Open. Delete. It doesn’t seem as if it takes up too much of your time, does it? Yet managing spam email predominantly sent from the US costs small to medium businesses in the UK over £4.5 billion in productivity costs according to recently conducted research by a leading anti-spam company. Spam email is costing the average Small to Medium business nearly £2000 each year according to new research by a leading UK based anti-spam company, ClearMyMail, with the vast majority of it coming from America. On average each employee wastes two days of their working year filtering through and deleting illicit and often obscene emails, with it taking on average 6 seconds to download, check and delete each email. The UK based anti-spam software service has found that for an average small business managing 10 different email accounts, 160 hours of working time each year are devoted to the tedious task of ensuring spam ends up in the trash. More than 2.5 million small businesses in the UK now use email as their main communicative medium. James Coakes of Progressive Resources Ltd claims that spam email has cost his and his employees valuable time and effort. “These statistics come as no shock. My employees and I have been battling the menace of spam for years now, constantly bombarded with often lude and definitely unwelcome promises and messages, from senders claiming to have a personal knowledge of me.” He continued, “They were, and are a nuisance. I have since started using an anti-spam product, which has allowed my employees to concentrate on their work rather than what somebody is attempting to sell them.” Dan Field, MD of www.ClearMyMail.com has some advice for those looking to cut down on time spent dealing with these unsolicited messages: “As the Internet and email has evolved, so has spam, which is often advertisement in the most intrusive way. Securing your companies servers means that there are fewer servers that spammers can illegally use to convey their messages. However, the problem of unwanted email will remain until enough of the population, including those who use their computers for personal use install anti-spam software. He continued, “This way, spammers will have such a small pool of potential targets that they may have to resort to more mainstream methods of advertising.” The company had previously looked at which countries produce the highest number of UK targeted spam, and America led the way with just under 50% of all rogue emails coming from the USA. Top 10 Sources of Spam for UK Home and Small Business Users. 1. US 48.90% 2. UK 13.09% 3. China 6.56% 4. Germany 6.19% 5. France 5.27% 6. Korea (Republic Of) 5.00% 7. Italy 4.41% 8. Poland 4.01% 9. Spain 5.39% 10. Japan 2.98% Businesses interested in how much spam is costing them personally can use ClearMyMail’s free ‘Spam Cost Calculator’ online at www.ClearMyMail.com/SpamCost, where they can also take advantage of a free 14 day trial of the software. UK based ClearMyMail is the only company in the world to offer a complete no spam guarantee. The software prevents all forms of spam and phishing emails, cutting out the risk of fraud. The system has the ability to also stop the new wave of "image-spam" that has been increasingly hitting in-boxes. ClearMyMail is the first anti-spam software company to receive a 5-Star award from WebUser magazine. The business has recently won an award for innovation and was short listed for several technical industry awards in 2007. CASE STUDIES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST 1. £1,828.92 - Figure found as follows: national statistics average hourly wage of £11.34/hour. Approx. 2.5 million small businesses in the UK that use email. Lost productivity per employee (each year total according to research) = 16 hours. Based on 10 email accounts per SME. ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dan Fields, MD of ClearMyMail please contact Rich at 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency at email@example.com or 01452 527 898. EDITORS NOTES: ClearMyMail has been featured in and on the likes of BBC Radio 2, The Times, WebUser, ComputerActive, PC Answers, VNU Net and more ClearMyMail has users from over 100 countries Users keep their own email address and mail can still be used via outlook and all usual mail software packages The software is compatible with Mac’s and PC’s The software works with any standard email account ClearMyMail is the worlds only spam blocker that guarantees you will not receive spam and costs £18/year, for each account. “The ultimate in its class. If you want the best, this is it", PC Answers Magazine QUIZ QUESTION The first journalist to come back to us with the correct answer for the following question wins an unbranded gift (so you can pass it on if you don’t want it – the last one we gave away was a Jelly Belly Machine!). Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org Q: What is the name of the founder of Wikipedia? Give it your best shot! 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