KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 -- The Artisans Haven, a local e-commerce platform that showcases products made by local artisans and entrepreneurs, has expanded its support for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the launch of the “Smart Solutions” services in partnership with Affin Bank Bhd.
These comprise 15 technological solutions and competitive business tools in the categories of technology, innovation and self-help specially curated to support the SMES and their employees in navigating the fast-paced digital world, said chief executive officer and co-founder Jade Lee.
“As part of this collaboration, we have curated these 15 useful business solutions with attractive offers in support of fellow SMEs on the SME Colony app (offered by Affin Bank), and we are constantly on the lookout for more affordable, yet competitive business tools and technological solutions which will help equip businesses with best strategies,’’ she said during the virtual launch of Smart Solutions today.
She also said the platform plans to increase its offerings of Smart Solutions with a target of 30 services by June next year.
“The pandemic has expedited the need for businesses to adopt digital transformation. However, many are often hindered by lack of awareness, readiness, know-how and the high cost of implementing new technologies and business tools to stay competitive,” she pointed out.
Meanwhile, Affin Bank executive director of enterprise banking Lim Kee Yeong said the bank is committed to the long-term growth of SMEs with several financial solutions to fit their needs, and such partnership would be a necessity, especially during challenging times.
On the SME Colony app, Affin Bank said the award-winning application provides engagement and collaborative opportunities within the SME community.
The Artisans Haven, which started out with 30 tenants in May last year, has 250 tenants now and projects to cross 1,000 tenants in the next 12 months.
Interested entrepreneurs and SMEs can visit www.artisanshaven.com.my/get_smart for more information on Smart Solutions.
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