Skye Bank initiates programme for women entrepreneurs

Skye Bank has launched a programme to empower retail business women in the country. The programme, which runs on the bank’s Webinar 2.0, is for Skye Pearl subscribers.

Mr. Ndubuisi Osakwe, Group Head, Retail Banking, informed that the programme offers women real value as it takes into account the needs and concerns of women in their quest to actualize their potentials either as entrepreneurs, professionals or stay-at-home mums.

He added: “We offer knowledge and networking opportunities, market linkages and access to finance in ways that clearly reflect the attitudinal difference between men and women which are critical dependencies for business success.

“Skye Bank Plc is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs across various sectors of the Nigerian economy. This position was further reiterated by the bank when it announced its planned Webinar 2.0 for Skye Pearl subscribers following from the success of its Webinar 1.0.”
Osakwe said the programme is the bank’s way of empowering and improving the businesses of its customers, especially the female customers, by enabling them take full benefit of “our product offerings; as well as provide them a reliable financial partner in helping to grow their businesses”.

“The Skye Pearl Webinar 2.0 which is scheduled to hold on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 4, 2017, with the topic; “Technological adoption: The New Normal for Business Optimization & Economic Growth” will be facilitated by male industry experts: Eyo Bassey (MD, Payporte Technologies), Agada Apochi (MD, Unified Payments-PayAttitude) and John Obaro (MD, SystemSpecs – Remita) who are getting involved in the “Be Bold For Change” campaign for women.

“The initiative is targeted mainly at our women; our Pearls, who own Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) seeking to leverage technology to scale and optimize their business. They will get valuable answers, growth hacks and insights from three of the biggest technology experts in Nigeria; participation is simply by following Skye Pearl on social media (Facebook). Although our target are women in business, professionals and stay-at-home mums, other individuals are also encouraged to register and view live as the knowledge will be valuable to all.”, Osakwe said.

According to him, Skye Pearl Initiative is anchored on six pillars namely: capacity building, information, networking, empowerment, mentoring, and access to finance aimed at projecting Pearl Woman as someone who is “precious, informed, connected, evolving and a role model”.

Osakwe said the initiative partnered with NECA Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) to train women entrepreneurs on book-keeping and budgeting, adding that based on the impact of the initiative, Skye Bank has been listed on the global list of organizations supporting Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs).


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