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Heritage Bank, EDC partner to support SMEs growth

Heritage Bank, EDC partner to support SMEs growth

Mr. Ifie Sekibo, Group Managing Director, Heritage Bank Limited

Heritage Bank Limited and the Entrepreneurship Development Center of the Pan-African University have partnered to bring together top chief executive officers to discuss emerging horizons for Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.

The CEOs will, among other things, discuss with the SME operators on a variety of issues during the 9th EDC annual SME conference holding in Lagos next month.

Speakers at the programme, which is being sponsored by Heritage Bank, include the Executive Director, Heritage Bank, Mrs. Mary Akpabome; the CEO of Centre for Leadership, Prof Pat Utomi; the Founder and President/CEO, Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmos Maduka; and the CEO, Design Options, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ighodalo.

Commenting on the programme, the statement quoted the CEO of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, as saying, “Partnering with EDC to organise this conference is part of our efforts to help SMEs get better and bigger, which is one of the strategic objectives in our acquisition of Enterprise Bank.

“Each of these CEOs have proven track record in various business endeavours that are nationally acclaimed. We believe that their testimonials will serve as a big boost of inspiration for SME operators that would attend the conference.”

The statement noted that over the years, Heritage Bank had partnered with the EDC and other organisations to help SMEs build competence, access new opportunities and develop necessary leadership skills required for success in the business world.

These, it said, include the Heritage Bank SME Clinic, Heritage Governance Model, the Paris Club Credit Scheme and the Enterprise Stories, a radio programme that focuses on stories of successful entrepreneurs.

The sponsorship of the Annual EDC SME Conference is to complement the initiatives, which are aimed at promoting SME development in Nigeria, according to the statement.

It said Heritage Bank, since inception in 2013, had been at the forefront of promoting SME development in the banking industry, adding that to demonstrate its commitment to SMEs, the bank designed and offered an array of products and services based on the perceived and expressed needs of SME businesses.

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