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BIIA Welcomes Metropol Corporation Limited as a Full Member

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Metropol Corporation Limited was established in Kenya in 1996 as Credit Rating and Debt Management Company under the name Metropol Business Services Limited. The name was changed in 1997 to Metropol East Africa Limited and again recently to Metropol Corporation Limited (“MCL”). In 1997, Metropol entered into an exclusive contract with Dun & Bradstreet International (D&B) as a correspondent and ... Read More »

CRIF and Hong Kong Based FundPark Enter into a Strategic Partnership

CRIF and FundPark, a trade finance platform in Asia focusing on the SME segment, enter into a strategic partnership to provide SMEs with credit risk and trade finance solutions. Thanks to FundPark’s flexible trade finance solution and CRIF’s business information services, it will be possible for SMEs to satisfy their financing needs while minimizing credit risk. Relying on its international ... Read More »

BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference Update – Only Eight Weeks to Go

BIIA Biennial Conference 2017

Tom Mouhsian, Principal Analyst, Customer Experience (APAC), of our member and sponsor Forrester Research, will provide an overview of the important topic:  “Where Will Technology Take Our Industry and the Businesses of our Clients?” While Tom will summarize current trends, he will also focus on meaningful ways how our industry should embrace new technologies. He will offer some insights about ... Read More »

Xero Teams with Equifax to Provide Credit Reports

Accounting software provider Xero has partnered with Australian credit bureau Equifax to help bridge the knowledge gap between small and big business, piloting a new credit risk indicator feature which could help mitigate some of the risks around being paid on time and maintaining a healthy cash flow. These credit indicator reports allow small business owners to identify the credit ... Read More »

FICO Launches Cloud-Based Origination Solution to Help Mid-Market Lenders Automate Small Business Lending Decisions

Origination Manager Essentials reduces loan application processing time to 60 seconds or less FICO, Small Business Scoring Service and SBSS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fair Isaac Corporation in the US and other countries. HIGHLIGHTS: FICO® Origination Manager Essentials is designed to help mid-market banks and credit unions automate small business lending decisions. The solution combines powerful analytics with an automated, cloud-based platform to ... Read More »

Alibaba.com Teams with Global Logistics Partners to Help Small Exporters

Alibaba.com is teaming up with major logistics and transportation companies to drive down the cost of overseas shipping faced by smaller exporters and expand the choices available to users of the wholesale e-commerce website. Over the last seven months, Alibaba Group’s international B2B site has announced partnerships with UPS and FedEx for express delivery, Maersk for container shipments, and DHL ... Read More »

Infocredit Group – In Business Awards 2016 Winner!

Infocredit Group Receives an Award in the SME Category It is with great pride that we announce the receipt of the IN Business Award in the category of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME), an award which is dedicated to professional entrepreneurship celebrating leadership and achievement in Cypriot private companies. We are truly honoured for this recognition and we feel especially ... Read More »

CRIF Germany Launches CREDITY, a new B2B Credit Management Solution

CRIF has launched CREDITY, the new B2B Credit Management Solution (SaaS) for the non-finance service sector. CREDITY is an optimized decisioning & collaboration web tool for international credit management that companies can use for the daily management of their business customer portfolio.  The key benefits are: Fast & easy onboarding (no customization projects required) Cutting edge user interface (“strong UX”) ... Read More »

Contribution of Advanced Credit Reporting System to Financial Inclusion and Financial Stability

According to an age old maxim credit and credit reporting are intertwined.  Economic growth is reliant on a well-functioning credit system providing access to credit to individuals and businesses.  Access to credit however hinges on the availability of accurate, reliable and timely information.  Without such information there will be no economic growth. Ömer Kayhan Seyhun, Senior Specialist at the Central ... Read More »

Moody’s to Collaborate with Euler Hermes on Credit Ratings for European SMEs

Moody’s Corporation (MCO) announced a collaboration with Euler Hermes Rating GmbH (EHRG), a Hamburg-based ratings agency, to provide credit ratings for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies across Europe. EHRG is a subsidiary of Euler Hermes (ELE:PA), the world leader in trade credit insurance. Euler Hermes Rating, through its collaboration with Moody’s, will launch new credit ratings services ... Read More »

Experian and Nav Partner to Provide Transparency and Financial Access for Small Businesses

Experian® and Nav, the only free source for both personal and business credit scores, today announced a strategic partnership to provide small businesses greater transparency into their business and personal credit data, along with instant access to their most-qualified financing options based on their credit profile. This new and free approach saves small businesses valuable time and money, helping to ... Read More »

Alibaba to Expand Investment in ASEAN

Alibaba will boost investment and development in ASEAN, according to founder and chairman Jack Ma.  Alibaba will “participate in the development of local small- and medium-sized enterprises and young people,” said Ma at the opening ceremony of the 13th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, which runs from Sunday to Wednesday. He did not, however, elaborate or share any specific plans.  China-ASEAN ... Read More »

Jack Ma Seeks Global e-trading Platform

As a follow up to the May 2016 B20 SME Taskforce meeting in Paris, Jack Ma, executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has called for the establishment of an electronic world trade platform whose objective would be to reduce barriers to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to expand their trading capabilities worldwide. The so-called eWTP initiative, ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: SMEs Pay Invoices at Faster than Average Rates – Larger Businesses Pay 1.5 Times Slower

Small businesses are being pressured to pay invoices faster while larger businesses lag behind, increasing the risks for small business owners already plagued by cash flow issues.       Research from Veda[1], a leading provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand and a wholly owned subsidiary of Equifax, revealed that over the past 12 months, ... Read More »