Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, MD, Access Bank
Access Bank Plc has expressed its preparedness to support operators in the hospitality business in the country.
Speaking at a business growth forum organised for its customers in the hospitality industry Tuesday, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said the bank had always believed that its future was based on its ability to serve entrepreneurs.
Aig-Imoukhuede said entrepreneurs that have courage and vision to run their own businesses make economies grow globally.
The Access Bank boss added: “In Access Bank, we tend not to do things until we are ready to do them and at a standard that is of global standard. This is the first of our monthly series where we will interact with entrepreneurs across various sectors. These sessions are meant to be like a steroid injection into your business where you spend hours with intense discussions.”
Furthermore, Aig-Imoukhuede noted that apart from credit and banking services, other important things that a bank can provide to its customers are advice, the opportunity to network as well as an ear to be there for you when you want to express yourself.
In his presentation, the Senior Manager, Business Banking Division, South of the bank, Mr. Mike Nwankwo, stressed that there were great opportunities in the hospitality industry considering the positive outlook on the Nigerian economy.
He listed the capital intensive nature of the industry and lack of trust in employees as some of the challenges in the industry.
“That is why Access Bank has put up this forum to interact with people like you to see how these challenges can be addressed to further enhance your business. Access Bank is going to be looking at the business support platform, capacity development and financial market knowledge. It goes beyond just providing you money to fund your business.
“In Access Bank, we have looked at the nature of SME businesses and what we have done is to create a unique account that would address the business that you do. We know that paying commission on turnover will be very difficult for you, we know that you have employees who may need soft loans in form of salary advance, and we have created a hybrid current account that has many features to take care of these,” Nwankwo added.