SME

Abuja chamber welcomes FCT tax harmonisation

Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has welcomed the plan by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammad Bello to harmonise tax policies within the territory in order end multiple taxations on by businesses in the territory. The President of ACCI, Alhaji Abubakar, in a statement yesterday, commended the minister for acknowledging the challenges faced by businesses within the territory due to series of levies, charges and taxes from Federal, FCTA and Area Councils. “Multiple taxations within the FCT and the larger national economy has imposed crippling consequences on businesses. “The fallout has been many failed businesses, the rising level of inflation, the non-thriving of existing ones and the lack of capacity to engage many unemployed youths. “We want ...

Lagos Assembly urges Governor Sanwo-Olu to create MSMEs hubs

Pool Photo Lagos State House of As​​sembly has called on the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to create Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, hubs in the three senatorial districts in the state. The call was part of the Motion entitled; “Call on the State Government to Establish Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs, Commercial Hubs In All The Senatorial Districts of Lagos State,” raised by a member representing Kosofe Constituency 1, Mr. Ganiyu Okanlawon, during yesterday plenary. Moving the motion, Okanlawon opined that, life will become bearable if MSMEs grow, stating that the idea of SMEs as conceived by China brought about growth in the nation’s economy. According to him, establishing commercial hubs in places including Epe, Ibeju Lekki among others would grow the economy of t...

Lagos launches N5 billion support capital for low-cost schools

Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Lagos State Government in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria has launched N5 billion Post-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery Support capital for the education sector to support low-cost private schools across the state in mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic. The intervention fund, which targets over 2,000 private schools, was formally launched by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday at a ceremony held at the Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa, Ikeja. Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) collaborated with First Bank of Nigeria Limited to facilitate the matching fund, which will be given as a loan to schools and vocational education centres across the State. Sanwo-Olu said the intervention was part of the State Government’s sustainable...

Respond, Restart, Re-create – How SMEs can Survive Lockdown

Sourced from SAP The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused disruption across the globe and has led to two simultaneous crises. The first is the illness itself – with tens of thousands of fatalities globally and healthcare systems strained, or at capacity. The second is an economic slump, resulting from the closing of borders and supply chain disruptions. Many countries have also imposed strict lockdown and social distancing measures. While vital to prevent the spread of the virus, it is worth remembering the very real economic impact measures like this can and are having in South Africa, and around the world. Unlike large enterprises, which often have a level of resilience built-in, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still rely on having customers physically present in the shop, rest...