Leading financial institution in Nigeria, Diamond Bank Plc has launched a new digital platform ‘SMEZONE’ – a digital platform-based business community designed to empower Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
With the unveiling of SMEZONE, Diamond Bank’s SME customers can easily access relevant network and be mentored by other entrepreneurs, attend webinars, receive newsletters and participate in competitions that ultimately help position their business for growth.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank Plc, Chioma Afe, said that the launch of SMEZONE was borne out of the need to assist its SME customers with the competitive edge that they needed to dominate the business world.
In her words: “The essence of developing this digital business platform is to give our esteemed SME customers an advantage over their peers in the competitive business world that is accessible anywhere and anytime.
“It is vital that this integral sector of the economy gets all the support it needs to drive growth and development.
“Digital platforms are widely acknowledged as powerful tools for fully enhancing business possibilities as they open a world of opportunities to customers and vice versa irrespective or location.”
Chioma noted that Diamond Bank has been at the forefront of innovation within the SME space in Nigeria.
According to her, some of the innovations by the bank include: the introduction of financial advisory packages such as monthly seminars, workshops, business clinics and trainings in partnership with reputable knowledge hub online platforms, educational institutions and SME business development consultants.
Recently, Diamond Bank recorded a landmark figure in the value of funds disbursement of over N1 billion to small business owners under the cash flow-based SME lending scheme in partnership with the Women’s World Banking (WWB), and this has earned the financial institution ranked among the first five SME customer bank in Nigeria in the KPMG customer service survey 2018.