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Thursday 29 September 2016
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Customer service 'key for success'

Technology can only go so far in helping companies to achieve success, a survey has found.

Seventy percent of businesses think people are at the heart of delivering a good service, the report from accountants and business advisers BDO and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit found.

And the majority (82%) of those polled said people expect to receive a good level of customer service regardless of technological advances.

However 18% acknowledge the importance of processes and 14% technology, the report found.

Ian Beaumont, office managing partner at BDO in Yorkshire, said companies need to find out how much technology their customers are happy to deal with.

He added: "Better data collection will, of course, be very important to assist companies in personalising service. But one thing is certain – good staff will remain at the heart of delivering great customer service, with technology acting as an enabler."

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