[Kenya] Standard Chartered eyes small businesses to grow revenue
Standard Chartered will increase funding to the Small and Medium Enterprise sector by 3 per cent this year. Speaking during the launch of a Business Banking customer campaign Mr. David Idoru, Head of Retail Banking at Standard Chartered said the Bank is targeting to loan more than Kshs 12 billion especially to small businesses operating in the key trading sectors driving GDP in the country’s economy.
Mr. Idoru said the financial support will be channelled to SMEs to improve their capacities in Cash Management, Trade Finance and Technology. The Bank is targeting SMEs with a minimum annual turnover of Kshs 10 million which have been in business for at least three years.
“Cash Management remains one of the biggest challenges for SMEs. Through electronic and mobile banking solutions we want to help SMEs build capacity by embracing a one-stop portal for all cash, trade and tax payment requirements. Embracing technology helps SMEs to improve productivity and transparency while reducing working capital cycles and integrating the physical and financial supply chains,” said Mr. Idoru. He said Standard Chartered has designed short term and long term trade financing solutions to help SMEs improve efficiency. He said:
“This sector has a significant growth potential granted that Kenya is a trading and business hub for East Africa, Africa and to the world. We have structured our lending solutions to focus on trade and working capital and secured lending to drive this growth.”
Standard Chartered Business Banking Clients enjoy transaction fees discounts of up to 100% plus free banking for cash-flows of Sh50 million and above through the Straight-toBank platform. Investment in the platform has allowed the Bank to link SME clients to direct KRA payments, bulk mobile payments and salary processing.