1. Digital SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the beating heart of Europe.

They employ 100 million people across 25 million enterprises and contribute €4 trillion to the EU economy.  And still, SMEs lag behind on technology adoption. Digitalisation will be crucial for SMEs to compete in terms of delivering goods and services, and attracting and retaining talent, particularly among younger people with higher digital skills.

Vodafone already supports 3.65 million SMEs in Europe through their digital journeys, while our V-hub provides knowledge and networking support for SME business customers. It’s time to support SME digitalisation to turbocharge their growth. Governments should prioritise national recovery and resilience funds to digitalise and connect SMEs so they can build the confidence and skills to innovate and grow.