Vodafone Ireland has today launched ‘Smart Business’ regional workshops, in conjunction with the Small Firms Association (SFA), to help Irish businesses grow, scale and succeed in a changing business environment.
The workshops aim to enable business leaders to have a conversation with HR, business growth experts and peers to help them stay competitive, increase revenue and attract and retain top talent through the adoption of smart working.
The ‘Smart Business’ series will take place in co-working spaces in the SIRO-powered hub, The Mill, Drogheda, The Hatch Lab, Gorey, Portershed, Galway, The Republic of Work, Cork and BOI Workbench, Limerick between January and April 2019 and coincides with the recent launch of Vodafone’s industry report – The Future of Business: A Conversation with SMEs.
Vodafone Ireland and Abodoo will host conversations with attendees on the benefits of smart working for businesses and how it can be introduced across various sectors.
The SFA will introduce their new engage and grow framework to help companies increase profits and retain top talent. There will also be experts on hand to discuss the HR and technology requirements for making businesses smarter and help transform traditional workplaces into more digital ones.
Commenting on the initiative, Sven Spollen-Behrens of the Small Firms Association said, "Our regional workshops with Vodafone and Abodoo will help small businesses to future proof their business in a rapidly changing environment. Our recent survey finds that 70% of our members recognise that Smart Working will benefit their business, it improves productivity and enhances employee engagement."
Head of Small Business at Vodafone Ireland, Treasa Doran added, "We believe that smart or flexible working is the next frontier for SMEs. By adapting to new ways of working and using the technology available to them to create more efficient operating models, SMEs can attract and retain top talent, reduce costs and increase productivity. It also has the added benefit of supporting the local economy and decreasing carbon emissions through a reduction in long commuting times for employees."