Orange has launched Flexible Workforce, a pay as you consume plan for small and medium business customers. Flexible Workforce provides small and medium businesses that have contract employees, conduct their business at temporary fixed off-site locations, have unpredictable or low mobility requirements or require access to a shared resource, with more adaptable tariff options.
Martin Lyne, director of SME at Orange UK, said: “No one needs to be told of the detrimental effects the recession is having on business in the UK at present. We are particularly conscious of the uncertainties affecting our smaller business customers and we need to ensure we provide flexibility in our plans to help support their changing communications needs. As the only operator to provide such an alternative we feel confident that Flexible Workforce will assist SME’s to better weather these economic conditions.”
Available to existing business customers who already have two or more contract subscribers, Flexible Workforce has been designed to address the following concerns of businesses fighting back in order to beat the recession: Provides flexibility around fluctuations in workforce numbers/locations for seasonal/project based businesses; Tackles unpredictable future requirements – so no monthly line-rental contract is required and therefore minimal commitment needed. This will give customers greater control over their costs which will be in direct relationship to usage patterns; Enables shared resource for staff who will only have sporadic non-essential needs for use of a mobile phone for business purposes.
Also: Customers will be able to manage their cash flow better as payment is made in arrears of use. This means costs do not have to be absorbed ahead of any incoming revenue; This is a resource that is always available. Therefore if a SME makes the decision to use Flexible Workforce for last minute freelance help etc, deployment is rapid
There are no requirements for top-up payments; Billing is simple with Flexible Workforce subscribers receiving a monthly statement for managing their business costs efficiently.