First Bank and Microsoft say they have partnered to provide Nigerian SMEs low-priced Office software to boost efficiency of their businesses.
Under the alliance, the Nigerian banking industry giant and US tech giant have unveiled SME Productivity portal for businesses to buy affordable business productivity solutions from Microsoft.
A review of the SME Productivity shows the webstore will enable customers to buy Microsoft solutions either standalone or add-ons to improve the efficient running of their businesses.
First Bank announced to its customers in an email seen by Technology Times that the SME Productivity website is an initiative between the two organisations to support thousands of SMEs to achieve higher scales of efficiency in the management of their business.
According to First Bank, the webstore will enable SMEs to buy or renew authentic Microsoft productivity tools at discounted rates in Naira, the Nigerian currency.
Also on offer is cheap domain names for SMEs to host and own their unique corporate email addresses with the options of flexible payment terms of monthly or yearly options.
Also bundled with the SME support package are free capacity building in accounting, financial matters, marketing, inventory management, human resources, among others, First Bank says.
The bank says it will also be offering participating SMEs training in “carefully identified areas of need” through workshops, seminars or webinars.