Category Archives: Business Engagement

SME Banking

Sharing international insights into SME banking research

ICE is passionate about sharing learning with the banking sector in the UK and internationally which has been drawn from extensive research commissioned by FSD Kenya. Research has sought to understand more fully the nature and needs of dynamic growth companies, as well as their barriers to accessing finance to enable growth. As featured author this Summer on FSD Kenya’s website, I am therefore seizing my opportunity to do so!

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relationship banking

Service sector must unearth B2C values to benefit SMEs (and themselves)

I have often found that service sector institutions can be much too fixated on supporting an ‘enterprise’, rather than the person running it, and moreover that even their focus on the business entity can be limited to the area most obviously related to their service, rather than encompassing the needs of the business overall. This linear approach to delivering business support services demonstrates, in my mind, a lack of empathy with the real dynamics of any small or medium enterprise, and represents a huge lost opportunity for both parties – and the macro-economy.

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SME banking

Kenya’s quest to improve understanding of SME finance

I was privileged to participate in an ‘SME Day’ which brought together leading economists and entrepreneurs in Nairobi in December 2015, on a quest to improve understanding of SME finance. Whilst SME loans represent almost a quarter of total loans in Kenya, innovation in the sector has been slow, a status quo that is difficult to change due to a lack of data across the board.

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“UK entrepreneurship expert at a Croatian roundtable”

An engagement focusing on the development of female entrepreneurship arranged by the British Embassy in Croatia provided a welcome opportunity for Dinah Bennett to speak to entrepreneurs in Zagreb about economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. Read coverage of the event as reported on here  “Dinah Bennett, UK entrepreneurship expert, shared her advice with Croatian (would-be)

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Small business needs help to exploit technology!

In an earlier blog I explored how  Technology is the Secret Weapon for Small Business .  Although many small businesses are taking advantage of technology, it has to be said that there is still significant room for improvement. Much more can be done. In this post I explore ideas about how we can help small business

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Banks need to stand in the shoes of their small business customer

With the UK’s move to portable bank account numbers, and a seven day account switching service, some banks are expected to experience a surge in new customers over coming months. Of course the improved power of business customers to move their account to their preferred supplier also poses a real threat – banks that don’t

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Image Gallery – Knowledge Exchange Programme July 2013

The 4 day Knowledge Exchange Programme from 1st to 4th July 2013 involved a delegation from Malaysia and a variety of UK contributors, with a combined representation from higher education, private sector business, social enterprise, business support and Government.  For a full account of the programme, and its overall impact, please CLICK HERE. Below you

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Ground-breaking enterprise tour kick-starts Asian-European alliances

July 2013 saw a Malaysian and UK delegation embarking on a ground-breaking enterprise tour across England, UK  to uncover  opportunities to boost entrepreneurial sectors in Asia and Europe. Launching at the House of Lords  at London’s Westminster with a conference on economic prosperity through enterprise education, the demanding 4 day programme led the 20-strong group across England

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Entrepreneurial Universities can tackle the challenge of working with SMEs, Professor Allan Gibb OBE

During a recent Symposium which took place at the House of Lords on the subject of economic prosperity through enterprise education, we were honoured to be addressed by Professor Allan Gibb OBE with respect to the challenges of working with small businesses that are being  faced by Universities and support agencies. Professor Gibb is Emeritus

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Final day of Knowledge Exchange Tour in Newcastle & Northumberland

The final day of our Knowledge Exchange Tour 2013 took us first to Lynemouth Community Trust where we were welcomed by Andrew Gooding.  The vision of the Trust is based upon its desire to assist the village and the area which it serves to secure the social and economic regeneration of the village for the benefit

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