A total of 20 female entrepreneurs were recently trained by Skye Bank Plc under the aegis of the Skye Pearl programme to assist them run their businesses efficiently, profitably and professionally.
The beneficiaries were the first set of entrepreneurs to be trained under the advisory and training support services for female entrepreneurs, a component package of the Skye Pearl programme which is specifically developed to cater to the funding and capacity building needs of female entrepreneurs, stay-at-home mothers, among others.
Declaring the training programme open, the Regional Director, Greater Ikeja Region, Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Ndubuisi Osakwe, said the training programme was to help build capacity for women in business and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in business.
Osakwe said studies have shown that with the necessary basic training in business management, women would excel as well as create value thereby contributing to the development of the nation.
He further said women in business have low record of credit default, adding that with the necessary training and business advisory, they would not only excel but become employers of labour.
In her remarks, Head, Small Business Group, Skye Bank Plc, Mrs. Ayodele Olojede, said the bank would partner with the female entrepreneurs to improve the business climate and remove obstacles to their success
Olojede noted that the training programme was in line with the unique value proposition of Skye Pearl initiative to address the knowledge and skill gap among female entrepreneurs and position them for competitive participation in business.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke after the training programme lauded Skye Bank for its strategic partnership with female entrepreneurs in the areas of financial and advisory services.
Managing Director of Jemsiks Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Adetutu Akoni, expressed delight at the training which covered financial planning, account preparation, forescasting and book keeping.
Akoni said the knowledge gained from the programme would help her manage her business better and more profitably by plucking waste and loopholes.
Also speaking, Mrs Funmi Akinbobola, Managing Director of Blissfull Limited, thanked Skye Bank for the programme, saying “ I now know the things I have been doing wrong and how to improve”