Vodafone Ireland, together with the Small Firms Association (SFA), will host a ‘Smart Business’ regional workshop in Gorey to help businesses understand the mechanisms to grow, scale and succeed in a changing business environment.

The workshop will enable business leaders in surrounding areas to have a conversation with HR, business growth experts and peers about the challenges faced by SMEs and to help them stay competitive, increase revenue and attract and retain top talent through the adoption of smart working practices.

At the event, the SFA will introduce their new engage and grow framework and there will be experts on hand to discuss the HR and technology requirements to transform traditional workplaces into smarter, digital businesses.

The breakfast event will take place in the co-working hub, Hatch Lab, Gorey on Friday, 15th February from 8am– 9am.

Vodafone Business

Smart Working

Treasa Doran, Head of Small Business at Vodafone Ireland, said: “We believe that smart or flexible working is the next frontier for SMEs – particularly in attracting and retaining top talent, reducing costs and increasing productivity.

“The reputation of Gorey and the surrounding area as a growing hub for enterprise hub in Ireland has been steadily building and in order for new and existing local businesses to scale and grow, they will need to be able to attract the right talent, all the while keeping costs to a minimum.

“With the right technological tools and a commitment to adopting new workplace practices, SME’s in Gorey to realise their ambitions for expansion and help to attract new people and business to the area.”

The ‘Smart Business’ series coincides with the recent launch of Vodafone’s industry report which considers the challenges and opportunities of smart working for SMEs in Ireland  – The Future of Business: A Conversation with SMEs.

Small Firms Association

John O’ Connor, CEO of The Hatch Lab said: “We are delighted to support the Smart Business series which will help surrounding businesses to build on their successes so far. At the Hatch Lab, we are all too aware of the benefits flexible working can bring to business and this is the perfect opportunity for business leaders to come along and ask questions about how it can impact their operations.”

One of the businesses benefiting from the Hatch Lab’s co-working space is global smart working careers platform, Abodoo, who also work with Vodafone and the SFA to help companies embrace smart working and the future of work.

Those interested in the event, who also have the opportunity to win a new smartphone on the day, can register for the free event today

Additional content on smart working – the combined use of technology with flexibility and agility for employees to work from home or co-working hub or hybrid model – is available at Vodafone.ie/business.

Cover picture: Regina Moran, Enterprise Director of Vodafone Ireland with Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the SFA