Access Bank supports 200 entrepreneurs –

Access Bank has partnered with Naija Brand Chick (NBC) to host the largest female-dominated trade fair in Nigeria.

The financial institution which said the move was in response to its passion for women, said the 5th edition of the NBC show held in Lagos on April 9-10, 2022 attracted thousands of shoppers and over of 200 promising entrepreneurs exhibited and increased sales on their products and services.

The two-day fair, the statement recorded around N100 million in gross sales, adding that the success is attributed to the availability of transparent payment solutions by Access Bank, attested by entrepreneurs and buyers.

Speaking on the success of the fair and the importance of investing in women entrepreneurs, Women Banking Group Head Abiodun Olubitan said, “Partnering with Naija Brand Chick to host the NBC Trade Fair was strategic for our vision to change the narrative for women entrepreneurs by providing them with opportunities to grow and access new markets for profitability.

“The show was really a success, and this is just the beginning for us. We intend to double the impact and maintain our position as the best bank for women entrepreneurs in Africa,” said Olubitan.

Group Head, Emerging Business, Ayodele Olojede, emphasized that “supporting SMEs was a strategic objective for Access Bank and the collaboration with Naija Brand Chick gave us the opportunity to achieve this objective.

Olojede added: “The fair provided our SMEs with the opportunity to reach a larger group of customers as well as a way to network with other businesses. This provided many businesses that were primarily online with a way to personally connect with their customers, build credibility for their brands, and grow their customer base. We were also able to leverage our payment platform – Swift Pay, which allowed users without an ATM card to easily pay for items purchased at the salon, facilitate reconciliation and have payments confirmed without delay.

Access Bank, through the W Initiative, has enabled women entrepreneurs to access low cost financing through the W Power Loan and participate in capacity building programs like the IFC Mini MBA . The Bank also confirms its passion for SMEs through the Emerging Business proposal for companies in Africa.

She remains committed to inspiring, connecting and empowering women through the W Initiative – the home of all the Bank has to offer women in Africa.

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