As part of the launch of its specialized SME propositions, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced the convening of its SME Week scheduled to hold in from August 5 to 9 2019.
Uring the week, customers and non-customers of the bank can expect to participate in a wide range of events and activities designed with the SME in mind. The activities range from the SME Masterclass, themed “Designing and Implementing a Growth Strategy for your Business,” to specialized one-on-one sessions with renowned business coaches and the launch of seven (7) unique pillars, which make up their SME propositions available via SMEConnect – The FirstBank SME portal
The highlight of the week is the launch of the SME portal, a platform through which SMEs can access our unique propositions that have been designed to equip them with the essential tools needed for the growth of their business. The SME portal is also designed to help SMEs identify various gaps that hinder their business growth leveraging our innovative Business Diagnostics Tool, with a view to proffering tailored solutions and creating opportunities for business improvement, profitability and sustainability.
Following extensive researches by the Bank over the years, they have identified these seven (7) strategic pillars to be essential for the sustainability and growth of the SMEs. These include: access to infrastructure, access to talent, capacity building, policy and regulation, access to resources, access to market, as well as access to finance. All these have duly informed their strategy and propositions for their SMEs going forward.
Other activities lined up for the week include, but not limited to: one-on-one coaching advisory sessions, to be simultaneously held across six locations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Oyo, Kano and Owerri. The weeklong event will be rounded off with a live broadcast (webinar) on August 9, 2019, to be facilitated by Gbenga Shobo, the bank’s Deputy Managing Director.
According to the Gbenga Shobo, “FirstBank has over the years, been at the forefront of supporting Businesses, especially the SMEs as we recognise that the SMEs are the engine of the economy. We are committed to ensuring that we leave no stone unturned as we connect with them in their continued contribution to national development in terms of the employment opportunities they create as well as their contribution to the nation’s GDP amongst many economic values. The FirstBank SME Week is driven to promote the Bank’s SME proposition, thereby having SMEs across the country optimally enlightened on how to plug in. We believe this will help SMEs bolster their contribution to the growth and development of the economy.”
Are you an SME and in need of guidance for business improvement opportunities, you can visit the link FirstBank SME Connect to take the FirstBank SME Diagnostics test.