LEVERAGING THE SME BUSINESS

REPORT

Around 40 executive managers from more than 10 countries convened on 15-16 September in Malaga, Spain to learn and share their experience on serving SMEs as part of this year's two-day International Summer Forum. Panel discussions focused on the SME business from different angles, including the legal and regulatory environment of SME currently being reviewed by the European Commission. Participants explored SME financing and the market's new entrants: start-ups and fintechs that compete with banks in the area of funding, payments and new digital services. Digging deep into how the SME business is entering a new era, it tackled what banks can do better to accompany these "forever" customers. Presentations and discussions were given by actors from the regulatory side, SMEs, international guarantee and funding institutions, fintechs and banks. The WSBI-ESBG event was co-organized with Spanish members CECA with the support of UNICAJA.

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