Vodafone has helped 230,000+ SMEs become tech-savvy  

Vodafone’s free initiative that’s already helped over 230,000 small and medium-sized businesses improve their digital posture is planning to expand further over the next two years.

The telecom giant’s business.connected programme designed for start-ups and small firms provides SMEs with “a wide variety of free online training courses, mentoring and workshops.”

It aims to help businesses adopt innovative technologies, prevent cyberattacks, and maximise digital opportunities.

The programme educates about a variety of tech-related issues, including setting up a website, using online tools, effectively communicating via digital platforms, protecting the company against cyber incidents and more.

The initiative was launched during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and is meant to support up to 800,000 businesses by 2025.

It’s supported by various tech and financial enterprises, such as JPMorgan Chase, Sage, Builder.ai and delivered by small business support platform Enterprise Nation.

“It’s great to see that so many businesses have benefited from this and that we are well on our way to meeting our commitment to help 800,000 SMEs gain digital skills so that they are able to reap the full benefits of the digital economy,” Andrew Stevens, Vodafone’s Head of UK Small and Medium Business, said.

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According to Vodafone’s report, the programme has been especially helpful for Britain’s SoHo (Small Office, Home Office) businesses (consisting of 10 workers or fewer), who make up for the majority of the sign-ups.

For specific industries, food & drink and technology businesses seem to benefit the most from the programme while London (37%) and south-east England (17%) lead in terms of the regions of business.connected’s popularity.

“Vodafone’s business.connected is already making good progress by building a wave of digital adoption which could transform our global performance and help the UK’s smaller firms achieve important growth,” Emma Jones, CBE, Founder, Enterprise Nation, said.



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