Owning it with Sage – Viresh Harduth on small business trends in South Africa

Viresh Harduth is the vice-president of Small Business at Sage Africa and Middle East.

He has served with Sage for eight years, including a role as director of Optimisation and Operations at Sage International.

Harduth is now tasked with developing the channel for Sage’s start-up and small business portfolio, which includes Sage Business Cloud Accounting and Sage Pastel Payroll.

He has extensive experience across areas including management, strategic planning, revenue generation, and business efficiencies.

On this episode of Owning It with Sage, Harduth unpacks research conducted by Sage between March 2020 and March 2021, in which it gathered data from about 1,900 small businesses in South Africa.

He notes that many small businesses believe they will be more profitable post the pandemic, which is encouraging. Majority of businesses, he says, point to new digital capabilities as part of that post-pandemic journey.

Harduth shares a number of interesting findings from the research including financials, and human capital. He closes by highlighting the importance of the role of technology in running a small business, with solutions for businesses of all sizes.

The full interview with Viresh Harduth is embedded below. Find all the Business Talk – Owning it with Sage interviews here.

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Owning it with Sage – Viresh Harduth on small business trends in South Africa