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FirstBank’s SMEConnect Platform Continues to Help Businesses Thrive

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…SMEConnect; birthed to build, grow and scale businesses

Small Medium Enterprises are the ultimate drivers of the economy, and when they are under-utilized and not given the much-needed support to thrive, it has an overriding effect on the overall growth and development of a Nation.

In a demonstration of its continuous commitment to National development, FirstBank’s ‘’SMEConnect’ continues to create an atmosphere for SMEs to build, grow and scale. 

SMEConnect is FirstBank’s value proposition geared towards building the capacity of SMEs to deliver business goals and contribute even more significantly to national development. It is a digital platform through which SMEs can access the bank’s plethora of services. The portal is designed to help SMEs access the Bank’s unique propositions and identify various gaps that hinder their business growth. With FirstBank’s over 127 years of impacting the economy, the portal helps proffer tailored services solutions, whilst creating avenues for business improvement, profitability and sustainability. Currently, there are 4,225 registered businesses and 20,880 users on the platform.

SMEConnect was birthed out of the need to bridge the gap and connect SMEs to resources, products and services that will enable them to overcome the challenges of poor business structures, lack of infrastructure, poor market penetration, limited access to information and professional services, inconsistent government policies amongst others, hence the bank has identified seven strategic pillars considered essential for the sustainability and growth of SMEs. 

The pillars are: connect to infrastructure, connect to talent, capacity building, connect to policy and regulation, connect to resources, connect to market as well as connect to finance to further reinforce the Bank’s role in putting SMEs at an advantage whilst contributing to national growth and development. SMEConnect serves as a medium of connecting SMEs to these solutions from the comfort of their offices, homes, and anywhere they are in the world. The uniqueness of the platform lies in the fact that these offerings are either free or substantially discounted.

The unique selling proposition of SMEConnect is the congregation of value-adding products & services on one platform for easy access and at rates (prices) that are competitive and (in most cases) discounted. The SMEConnect has special features such as the Business Diagnostic tool which has been specifically developed to evaluate one’s business and give one a business effectiveness score, it goes further to tell one what one has done well and what one needs to improve on. One is also able to request a business coach on the portal and get up to a 34% discount.

SMEs can also have access to free business advisory services through the business diagnostic tool, they can showcase their products and services at no cost at all, interact with their customers and other SMEs alike, Connect to free capacity building workshops, seminars and webinars and get regular updates on policies and regulations impacting SMEs. All these interesting features combine to make FirstBank the first-choice bank amongst SMEs.

Other features of the SMEConnect platform include enlightening blog articles that provide tips on growing businesses, e-newsletters, and useful webinar content.

What are the pre-requisites for SMEs to be listed on the portal?

SMEs can join the SMEConnect community by visiting https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/ to sign up seamlessly for free. Users only need to enter their email addresses and create a password to get started. Businesses must be registered and have a corporate account with FirstBank to list their business on the business hub and access all the beneficial offerings on SMEConnect. 

Furthermore, individuals and businesses can register to be users of SMEConnect without listing their business. SMEConnect is open to businesses operating across all sectors. 

Businesses who wish to list their businesses on the business hub in addition to being registered and having a corporate account with FirstBank must accept the terms and conditions of the platform.

There are some exceptions, however, businesses that deal in cryptocurrencies, sports betting and other similar business ventures that do not align with the Bank’s T&Cs (https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/terms)are currently not allowed to be listed on the business hub. 

Visit https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/  to sign-up and enjoy the rich benefits the FirstBank SMEConnect offers.

Culled from Nairametrics

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment

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…Alliance for Youth Nigeria is investing in young Nigerians, equipping
them with the right skills, and information to thrive and succeed in the world of work – Uwadoka

Olushola Okunlade Writes 

Alliance for Youth Nigeria equips youth across the country for employment

Over 200 fresh graduates across Nigeria have received employability skills training facilitated by the Alliance for Youth Nigeria. The training comprised Building Winning Resumes, Career Positioning, Personal Brand Marketing, Personal Effectiveness, Time
Management, and Starting the Career Journey among others.

In addition, the best performers will benefit from internship and mentoring opportunities in the six companies that form part of the Alliance. At the end of the training, some participants of the training also had the unique opportunity of partaking in job interviews and placements, progressing on their career journeys.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment
Left-Right: Mrs. Omomene Odike, CEO, U-Connect Human Resources Limited Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications, and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Second Row Left-Right: Oyinlola Lawal, Youth Engagement Analyst, Jobberman Nigeria Damilola Odubanjo, Learning, and Development Associate, Jobberman Nigeria Olugbenga Alabi, Category and Marketing Manager, Coffee, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Uche Aso, Head, Learning and Development, U-Connect Human Resources Limited Lanre Coleman, Head, Recruitment and Outsourcing, U-Connect Human Resources Limited.
Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country get the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Sterling One Foundation, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, and U-Connect HR Limited, with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

The employability skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed to meet the target of reaching more than 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective, which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment
Tosin Babasanya-Craig, Country Manager, Performance Fact Inc. facilitating one of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria sessions to equip youth across the country for employment.

Speaking at the opening session of the training, Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications, and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “I am delighted that yet again, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is investing in young Nigerians, equipping
them with the right skills and information to thrive and succeed in the world of work. At Nestlé, we believe that society cannot thrive if we fail to offer a future for the young generations. The Alliance will continue to work together with other stakeholders in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 in fulfilling the huge target we
have committed to and I encourage young people around the country to take advantage of the available opportunities”.

Also speaking at the training, Mrs. Omomene Odike, CEO U-Connect Human Resources Limited, congratulated the youth for their interest and dedication to achieving their career and business goals demonstrated by their participation in the training. She further highlighted the value-adding opportunity of job interviews and placements provided by her organization for participants of the training, urging them to take maximum advantage of the offer.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement, and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Jobberman is dedicated to creating increased pathways for young people to access dignified livelihoods for a better Nigeria”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, “The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies by the year 2030, and averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of unemployment. The beneficiaries of the training have shown a willingness to improve their skills and attain professional development and are now more equipped for successful participation in job recruitment processes”.

On behalf of other participants, Adasa Okandiji, commended the member companies for the excellent upskilling platform provided to equip and better position young Nigerians for a productive career, now and in the future. She expressed her readiness and that of other participants, to fully utilize the value-adding information obtained in creating their desired future. She also called on youth across the country to be deliberate about seeking out and taking advantage of existing opportunities, particularly that provided by the Alliance.

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FBNHoldings Wins “Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year” At NIVA Awards 2022

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FBNHoldings Wins "Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year" At NIVA Awards 2022

…FBNHoldings Plc Wins NIVA Awards

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FBNHoldings Plc has won two awards, Best Performing Stock and Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year at the 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards (“NIVA”) which was held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Lagos last Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

According to the organizers, “Best Performing Stock and Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year Award” was conferred on FBN Holdings Plc for proven the resilience of its business model, and recovery capacity across all verticals it participates in, and strategic opportunism in new growth areas.

This award is in recognition of the indelible contributions of FBNHoldings Plc and its subsidiaries to the economic growth of Nigeria, throughout its 128 years of existence; representing all that is enviable about the financial services industry in Nigeria, reinventing itself to transform into a digital bank with sprawling footprints across the country and Africa.

FBNHoldings Wins "Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year" At NIVA Awards 2022
Left-Right: FBNHoldings Plc’s team at the event, Bode Oguntoke, Head, Internal Audit, FBNH, Opeyemi Okojie, Head, Strategy & Corporate Development, FBNH, Wale Ariyibi, Chief Financial Officer, FBNH receiving the award from Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, Nigerian Exchange Limited, Ogho Okiti, MD/CEO BusinessDay Newspaper, and Simisola Salami, Team Lead, Communications & Shareholders Engagement, Investor Relations FBNHoldings Plc at the year 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards which held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Kofo Abayomi Street, Lagos last Saturday.

FBN Holdings Plc has been providing exceptional services to its customers, bringing mainstream banking to Nigeria’s 774 LGAs. Through its Agent Banking Platform, they empower people and transform lives. Its shareholders remain key to its success story and every day it strives to deliver quality returns on its investment whilst strengthening the fundamentals of the business through smart investment in technology, our people, and process. As a business, it also prioritizes Nigeria’s Economic, Social, and Governance practices to ensure the sustainability of the environment.”

The company has won many awards for its portfolio.

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Photo News: LIRS Meets FMCG, Gaming, And Multi-Level Marketing Sector On Deduction Of Withholding Tax On Commission

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Photo News: LIRS Meets FMCG, Gaming and Multi-level Marketing Sector on Deduction of Withholding Tax on Commission

Photo News: LIRS Meets FMCG, Gaming, and Multi-level Marketing Sector on Deduction of Withholding Tax on Commission

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Left-Right: Director, New Growth Areas, Mr. Olujimi Aina, Executive Chairman, LIRS, Mr. Ayodele Subair, Managing Director, O. M Associates, Mr. Olufemi Oguntade during a meeting on Deduction of Withholding Tax on Commission with Stakeholders within the FMCG, Gaming and Multi-level Marketing Sector held at Protea Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja on May 12, 2022.

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