FirstBank Holds SMEConnect Webinar, Enlightens Entrepreneurs on Accessing Finance for their Business


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Nigeria's premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited will hold its SMEConnect Webinar by 11am on Thursday, 8th July 2021 with "The ABCs of Accessing Finance for your Business" being the topic to be discussed at the event. Participants are required to register for the event HERE


The event topic is designed to expose SMEs to various finance opportunities that they can access and utilise to foster the continued growth of their business, whilst optimising the sustenance of their business operations in contributing to national development. 


SMEConnect webinar is one of the ways through which FirstBank delivers its capacity building pillar of its value propositions to SMEs. The Bank's SMEConnect initiative is focused on impacting SMEs in key areas that affect their business growth and development.


The scope of the Bank's SME services covers small/medium scale manufacturing firms, merchants (suppliers, distributors etc.), professional firms (law, consulting, audit etc.), agricultural, Churches, Mosques and NGOs whose annual debit turnover is between N5M and N500M.


Guess Speakers at the event include: Damilola Salawu - Partner/Head Technology, Innovation and Fintech, Olaniwun Ajayi LP and Patrick Ehidiame Akhidenor - Head Credit Analysis & Processing, First Bank of Nigeria Limited.


Speaking on the event, Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Gbenga Shobo said "amongst many factors, access to finance, plays a critical role to the growth and sustenance of every business venture, especially the SMEs and we are delighted with the role we continue to play in connecting SMEs to finance opportunities that are essential to boosting their businesses.


With FirstBank's over 127 years of being woven into the fabric of society, we remain at the forefront of positively impacting businesses, especially the SMEs and enjoin all business owners and individuals intending to own theirs to be part of the event".


Only recently, FirstBank was honoured with the Africa Bank of the Year and Innovative Banking Product of the Year Awards in recognition of its sterling performance in delivering over 127 years of development-oriented services as Africa's foremost financial inclusion services provider.


These awards came on the heels of a hat-trick of awards the Bank bagged - the 2021 "Retail Banking CEO of the Year Nigeria", "Most innovative Retail Banking App Nigeria" and "Best CSR Bank Nigeria" - at the Global Banking and Finance awards. In addition, Brand Africa ranked FirstBank the second most admired financial services brand for the second year running.


What remains apparent in the awards is the Bank's commitment to innovation as exemplified in FirstMobile. Easy to use, secure, fast, convenient (offering "Instant Banking, anywhere!"), innovative and interactive, FirstMobile was designed to offer lifestyle solutions which make banking an exciting experience for FirstBank customers. The self-service mobile banking product allows customers in possession of the phone linked to the mobile number on which they receive FirstBank SMS alert messages and who possess a Naira Mastercard (debit) or a Verve debit card and have downloaded and activated the app, to transact via its secure platform on their smart devices without intervention from FirstBank. The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store (for users of android devices) or the App Store (for iPhone and other iOS devices' users) and also from FirstBank website via the URL:


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