Access Bank Plc through its business club initiative is building the managerial capacity of entrepreneurs to the level they can easily succeed in their respective businesses using information technology.
The programme which held recently at the Las Vencedoras Gardens in Port Harcourt witnessed a lot of SMEs from all walks of life and covered topical areas in capacity building.
Head, Retail Banking, Access bank Plc, Victor Etuokwu, reiterated the commitment of the bank to impact small and medium enterprises positively.
“It is something we have to do and take as our primary role in the economy, we are providing a lot of benefits targeted at developing the macroeconomic landscape of the country. The Access Bank business club is designed forSMEs to meet and network with each other in a relaxed atmosphere outside the banking hall which has significantly helped business owners grow their network whilst increasing the bank’s customer base,” Victor said.
In his keynote address, Information Technology investor, Hyacinth Iheanachor, advised Nigerians entrepreneurs to keep up with changing trends in technological innovation to grow their businesses and to avoid being displaced by “disruptive technology”.
Iheanachor who explained disruptive technology as improved innovation which displaces old ways of doing business said the trend has put many entrepreneurs caught unguarded out of business and misery.
He said, “The commonest experience we can share in Nigeria was the introduction of GSM or mobile phones which almost immediately collapsed the dependence on landlines and analogue phones.
“We must realise that disruptive technology is not about negativity. It has improved efficiency in banking, education, media, virtually all facets of our lives. All businesses need to maximise its benefits. In a world ruled by technology, you either shape up or fall out in your business,” Iheanachor concluded.
Access Bank goes further to assist its customers adopt technology by providing discounted website development services which gives SME customers a wider reach and broader access to market.
The Access business club is a non-financial value added service of the emerging business proposition from Access bank. The non-financial service is designed to enable MSME customers expand their referral base through interacting with other MSMEs.