Digital help for small businesses

HIA members may soon benefit from a digital boost thanks to a new initiative to help small businesses grow and operate more effectively in a ‘digital age’.

A free digital advisory service is being offered to HIA members operating small businesses.

A free service providing advice on all things digital is being offered to HIA members operating small businesses.

HIA is one of 15 industry associations who have joined the Australian Government’s Digital Champions Project to provide a trusted digital advisory service to members in a way that is relevant to the residential housing industry.

When small businesses are digitally engaged, they are 50 per cent more likely to be growing revenue and 14 times more likely to be innovating new products or services, according to research from Deloitte’s Connected Small Businesses 2017 report. 

The report also shows those small businesses are eight times more likely to be creating jobs and seven times more likely to be exporting.

Members who are interested in the initiative will receive advice from HIA on technology trends, adoption of hardware and software, digital training, online content development and planning, as well as coaching and support. 



‘By running information sessions, developing content and providing guidance about the importance of ‘going digital’, we aim to help our members understand how to get the best out of technology,’ says Graham Wolfe, HIA Managing Director.

‘Everyday HIA proudly helps thousands of our members by providing services and initiatives that allow their business to operate more effectively, and grow in profitability and opportunity.’

He adds that HIA identified a powerful way to help members in a commercially shifting landscape, and that is through providing tools and information designed to unlock the potential that digital technology can bring.

‘We understand that for a lot of our members technology can be a confusing area, and not knowing where to start can prevent someone from starting at all. It’s for this reason HIA has joined the Australian Governments Digital Champions project and we encourage members to contact HIA to find out how to get involved.’

HIA members can sign up their interest here.

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