A PARTNERSHIP between two businesses is offering small and medium sized enterprises the kind of intelligent automation enjoyed by bigger firms.

Bournemouth-based company the Robotic Workforce has joined with Cortex to provide the technology, which it says can boost productivity by up to 90 per cent.

The partners say businesses will be able to automate processes such as back office functions in human resources, IT and finance, freeing up staff to focus on tasks that need a human touch and are of greater value for the business.

The Robotic Workforce provides a consultancy and an automation “roadmap” to SMEs. The businesses then receive a bespoke solution based on Cortex technology.

The Robotic Workforce’s chief executive Paul Robinett said: “We’ve been working with SMEs for the last two years, supporting their digital transformation journeys and allowing them to free up resources and concentrate on strategic issues.

“To date, automation has typically been limited to larger businesses and enterprises but we believe that all organisations, regardless of size and sector, stand to benefit greatly.

“We were attracted to Cortex because the technology that underpins how processes and tasks are automated is so fundamentally different to other solutions on the market – it’s really intelligent and truly understands business logic.

“Cortex’s technology enables us to explore the art of the possible; as long as you can describe what it is you do, you can ascribe rules and set up processes.

“This partnership broadens our offering and we look forward to working with Cortex to help SMEs exploit the benefits of intelligent automation, driving efficiency and productivity gains.”

Cortex director Jonathan Hobday said: “Automation is becoming a key component how organisations tackle the challenges of driving efficiency, boosting productivity, saving money and improving service delivery in businesses today.

“The ability to automate processes, particularly with intelligent automation, provides companies of all sizes and markets with a clear competitive advantage.

“The Robotic Workforce enables us to really tap into the growing SME market.

“The expert consultancy and guidance given by the Robotic Workforce, paired with our proprietary software, makes this a powerful partnership which reinforces the value and potential of the technology.”