Heritage Bank Partners Pan Atlantic University on Annual SME Conference

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Heritage Bank has continued to promote economic development and entrepreneurship by partnering with the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University for the 7th edition of its highly acclaimed SME Conference which will take place on Wednesday 25th September at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja Lagos. The annual SME Conference is the flagship offering of the SDC that brings together not less than 500 SMEs and SME Development stakeholders to discuss issues, developments and opportunities for the promotion and deepening of SME Culture in the country. The theme of this year’s edition is Model, Markets and Money “ Positioning Your Organisation.

EDC noted that the exclusive partnership between them and Heritage Bank was informed by the bank’s impressive efforts “as a key player in the provision of renewable financial services in Nigeria.

It further added that Heritage Bank’s recent launch of a first-of-its-kind SME Clinic by a financial service provider in the country is a demonstration of the bank’s commitment to providing excellent support structure for SMEs in the country on an on-going basis.

Bayo Ogunnusi, Head of SME at Heritage Bank, explained that the Bank is wholly committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure a robust SME Culture in the country. Cottage Industries form the livewire of all thriving economies all over the world. In Nigeria, this all-important sector has suffered neglect in the past. We at Heritage Bank have put together, through our recently launched MSME Clinic, a wrap around package that includes not just financial support but also critical services like business clinics, mentoring as well as platforms for networking, sharing and exposure to best practices and peer review. The EDC SME Conference is a very strong platform and we are happy to be involved with the project as a way of giving support to entrepreneurs.

It would be recalled that at the launch of the Heritage Bank Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic in Lagos earlier this year, CEO Ifie Sekibo pledged the bank’s readiness to develop a world class research-based model that would provide holistic approach to SME development across various strata of the nation’s economy.

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Heritage Bank will increase wallet of business transactions with Lagos State Govt - George-Taylor
L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications