Alistair Darling with SmartPA’s Andrew Wright
The topic of conversation revolved mainly around how independence would affect SmartPA and other Scottish owned businesses. We won’t go into the arguments for ‘yes’ and ‘no’, we are not here to influence your vote or change your opinion. For SmartPA though, the choice is clear – with 95% of our customers based in England, Scottish Independence would have huge ramifications on our business, as well as others.
SmartPA’s Andrew Wright and Sarra Bejaoui with Alistair Darling
Amidst the media chaos on the day, one question posed to Alistair Darling struck a chord with us – ‘how will the vote affect women?’ SmartPA prides itself on its commitment to women and helping them achieve a better work-life balance, especially those with families. As SmartPA’s Sarra Bejaoui told Alistair Darling “SmartPA are committed to getting women back to work”.
SmartPA Franchise has allowed many women to do just that, get back to work but on their own terms. Our flexible holiday plan allows women to take time off and earn money at the same time with an understanding to return only when they are ready. It is no surprise that our franchise is one of the fastest growing partnerships in the UK, specifically within the female demographic aged between 23 and 58.
Additionally, SmartPA has invested heavily in new technology which will revolutionise home working and learning. Soon to be released, ‘SmartPA Home’ is an innovative platform complete with CRM system, Smart Social and SmartPA E-Learning. These technologies are not only designed to improve operations for current homeworkers but will also provide people looking to return to work with the tools to do so.
SmartPA fully support the Better Together campaign and believe Scotland can have the best of both worlds.
Alistair Darling and Andrew Wright looking out over Edinburgh