FlasHback: An exhibitor marketing some spices to customers during the Graphic/Access Bank SME fair in Accra
FlasHback: An exhibitor marketing some spices to customers during the Graphic/Access Bank SME fair in Accra

Access Bank builds capacity of 160,000 SMEs

Access Bank Ghana has built the capacity of more than 160,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to grow their businesses.


Out of the number, 10,000 SMEs received access to finances through the bank’s instant business loan facility where more than GH¢50 million has been dispensed since 2019.

Beneficiaries have received up to GHc¢200,000 to be repaid over a three-month grace period, with most of them renewing the loan agreements.

The bank, in line with its commitment to be the number one go-to SME Bank in the country, has over the last three years embarked on a capacity-building drive by organising workshops for SMEs across the country.

SME engagements 

Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Head of the SME and Support Unit of Access Bank Ghana, Eugenia Addo, said the plan was to reach every small and medium-scale enterprise across the country through providing financing solutions, training and building of capacity.

So far, she said the bank had held engagement for SMEs in nine regions across the country with the target to reach operators in major business hubs, including Tamale, Techiman, Accra, Kasoa and Cape Coast.

Since 2020, Mrs Addo said the bank had collaborated with the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) to support the growth of operators in the SMEs sector “even though we have been doing business with them in the past, we decided to focus specifically on SMEs”.

She said that the partnership with Graphic was strategic because “of the leverage Graphic has. Graphic has a wide reach and because we wanted to reach every SME across every corner of the country, we realised we could get the message about the solutions we have to every SME no matter where they are.”

The collaboration with the GCGL, Mrs Addo added, had propelled the bank to receive five awards and recognitions from both local and international establishments, including the Most Innovative SME bank and Best SME credit bank.

The focus on SMEs, she further explained, was based on the realisation that “there were a lot of opportunities in that sector as they were the largest contributor to the nation's GDP” and the backbone of economic activity and employment.

“We did not given them much attention in times past,” she said, adding that the bank projects to control 30 per cent of the SME sector market share through solutions that it had developed to help them to become successful in their businesses.

Upcoming fair 

Touching on the upcoming SME fair slated for June 1, 2023 at the Prempeh College in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Mrs Addo said it would include a public lecture, exhibition, sales and a networking opportunity for participants.

Additionally, she said participants would be trained on cyber security to sensitise them to be conscious of their safety while running their businesses. 

Mrs Addo said the bank also offered business advisory services, training and availing loan facilities to boost business into higher profitability.

She said the bank also partnered Open Labs, an information technology firm, to introduce SMEs to digital technology and digital solutions.

So far Mrs Addo said a total of 30,000 SMEs had been migrated to digital platforms and adopted digital technology for their business growth.

They have also been introduced to Access Bank’s digital banking offerings to enhance their business experiences with customers such as the Access Pay, Merchant Pay, POS and Access Cards.

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