Small and Medium Enter
prises (SMEs) across the country have been tasked to intensify efforts to access bank loans and finance to boost their business initiative.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos last Monday, a director of Heritage Bank, Mr Tony Madojemu, said that access to finance is one of the major challenges of SMEs today, stressing that small businessmen should brace up their competence if they must access loans from the banks.
Madojemu said most Small and Medium Enterprises are guilty of poor accounts presentation, lack of business plans, legal backing and fracture, adding that such businesses should not expect to get loans from banks.
He urged small businesses to effectively manage their systematic and operational risks well with a view to keeping a well structured business that would attract bank lending to finance such businesses for profitability.
The bank’s Director said SMEs and the retail sectors are more disposed to getting banking loans in Nigeria now compared to previous years, stressing that the focus of most Nigerian banks is now shifting to Small and Medium Enterprises and retail sector.
He said the retail sector was loaning and some of the big firms are beginning to dictate unnecessarily to the banks, making most banks’ attention to shift to the SMEs and the retail sector.
He stressed that banks are beginning to seek new opportunities to increase profitability and guard against collapse by seeking ways to deal with only well structured SMEs in the country.
He said the banking sector would favour some small businesses to boost their survival and stabilise their structure for profitability.
Meanwhile, Buiness Network International (BNI) National Director, Mr Chimaobi James-Agwu, has said that small businesses have become the lifeline of many economies in the world.
He stated this at this year’s Business Network International week held in Lagos recently.
He said small business owners do not often have the resources they need to move their businesses forward, stressing that they need to network among themselves to secure finance to move their business forward as the sum of the whole becomes greater than the individual parts.
He also said International Networking is a collaborative efforts of small businesses to achieve growth and success through effective networking.
He said small businesses are the engines that drive many of the economies around the world, unfortunately small businesses do not have the resources of large organisations, stressing that well designs collaboration based on an effective system and strategy can lead to small business success.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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