Competitiveness

Strengthening SME competitiveness is a key priority of the SBI. From encouraging innovation to forging international trade links, our integrated programmes equip SMEs with the tools to improve competitiveness and grow.

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2,200

advisory projects

€1.2bn

in finance

8

countries active under SME Local Currency Programme

Trade promotion

SMEs often face barriers to reaching international markets. By making SMEs more competitive and export-ready, we strengthen their trading capacity, open up new markets and contribute to economic diversification.

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€41m

in finance to support DCFTA-related investments

350+

SMEs received business advice for export promotion

€197m

total increase in exports after advisory projects

Inclusive growth

Inclusive growth is important for building strong economies. We promote equal opportunities amongst underserved groups in the SME sector, from women entrepreneurs to those displaced by conflict, helping fulfil their growth potential.

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25,000

women entrepreneurs supported through our Women in Business programmes

59%

of our advisory projects are with companies based outside major cities

2m

Tunisian dinar first transaction under programme for financial inclusion

Corporate governance

Robust corporate governance makes all the difference in helping a small business obtain finance. We help SMEs improve financial transparency, streamline legal and management structures and improve workplace diversity.

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69%

of SMEs receiving direct finance improved financial reporting and governance

67

accounting improvement advisory projects

4

Blue Ribbon clients

Business environment

Improving SME access to finance goes hand-in-hand with clear, targeted policy interventions. We cooperate with policy-makers and key stakeholders as we work together to improve the business environment for SMEs.

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New

factoring and leasing legislation in Mongolia and Montenegro

SME

public procurement reforms in Moldova, Mongolia and Tunisia

750

local consultants trained