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BDO Stoy Hayward invests £2m to mobilise its workforce

Leading accountancy firm chooses Orange to improve work/life balance for employees

Mobility investment hits break-even point at:

• around 40 minutes of 3G datacard usage per month
• less than twenty minutes of BlackBerry usage per month

London, 26 September 2005:  BDO Stoy Hayward, part of BDO International, the world's fifth largest accountancy network, is investing an aggregated £2m to mobilise its workforce. The commitment is in response to its latest annual employee survey, which showed that the majority of its employees want to adopt more mobile working practices.

“Our employees spend a significant amount of time at client sites, which usually means they cannot access our corporate network. Ambitious and highly skilled, they want the option to improve their productivity by utilising every minute in the working day – on client sites, while travelling and between meetings.

"Mobile technology gives them the flexibility to work their own way, get more done, provide a better service and have more time to dedicate to their private lives,” says Graham Knight, Head of Technology, BDO Stoy Hayward.

The benefit to BDO Stoy Hayward goes beyond the positive impact on staff morale and retention. “The financial return on investment is very clear cut,” says Mark Sherfield, Finance Partner of BDO Stoy Hayward. 

“Our investment in 3G Mobile Office Cards, for example, hits break-even if each fee earner recovers just around an extra 40 minutes of working time per month. With BlackBerry devices we’re looking at around 20 minutes per month. Actual usage will far outstrip those figures,” he adds.

Orange is providing BDO Stoy Hayward with an additional layer of security through a fixed line LAN. Orange is also working closely with BDO Stoy Hayward to provide a variety of change management and training resources, as well as device upgrade paths.

“We reviewed and piloted all the major UK operators. Orange was the only operator that really understood our business requirement and was flexible enough to accommodate it,” says Graham Knight.

“BDO Stoy Hayward is leading the way in company-wide mobility and is a prime example of how mobile technology is improving business performance and employees’ work/life balance at all levels,” comments Alastair MacLeod, vice president, Business Solutions, Orange.

BDO Stoy Hayward’s 2,500 staff will be equipped with a range of mobile solutions from Orange, the UK mobile network operator. Employees will be allocated specific mobile devices depending on their job role and personal preference. For example most BDO Stoy Hayward staff are already heavy laptop users, working primarily from client sites, and will therefore be given 3G Mobile Office Cards.  Mobile workers are most likely to use BlackBerrys, while other staff will be allocated smart handhelds or mobile phones.

To date around 2,500 devices have been deployed; with almost half being 3G Mobile Office Cards. The remainder include BlackBerry devices and mobile handsets including Orange SPV C500 smartphones. 

Further information can be found on the Orange website Click here 


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