In keeping with its corporate social responsibility policy, Diamond Bank Plc launches season 4 of the Building Entrepreneurs Today, a programme initiative designed to assist in capacity building of entrepreneurs of small businesses
| By Chinwe Okafor | Jun. 2, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT
DIAMOND Bank Plc is alive to its corporate social responsibility. In keeping with its social responsibility initiative, it recently launched Season 4 of the Building Entrepreneurs Today, BET4 programme. The initiative is aimed at enhancing the growth potentials of Nigerian entrepreneurs through capacity building. During the official launch of the programme in Lagos, Olumide Akindele, head, Consumer Propositions Group, Diamond Bank PLC, said the Building Entrepreneurs Today “is a strategic initiative of Diamond Bank to invest in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises segment of the economy by increasing the capacity of these small businesses to run thriving businesses.
“We are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the programme. This is a reflection of Diamond Bank’s resolve to ensure that many young businesses get the right assistance to excel and contribute to the economy,” he added. Also speaking, Peter Bamikole, director, Enterprise Development Centre, EDC, of the Pan Atlantic University, the facilitators of the programme, lauded the bank for its sustained partnership with the EDC on the BET programme. He noted that the bank’s support of young entrepreneurs through the BET programme had given a massive lift to various businesses with its attendant contribution to job creation as well as professional and sustainable business management.
He said: “In the last four years, Diamond Bank Plc has been supporting MSMEs by giving them the knowledge they need to build viable ventures and manage success. This Corporate Social Responsibility initiative is making a huge impact on the lives of these young people and is gradually changing the society. Small business owners are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to properly manage their businesses.
Ayona Trimnell, divisional head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank Plc, said the programme would focus on ICT, agro-allied and renewable energy sub-sectors, adding that these were three areas which had been identified as youth-centered endeavours with high development potentials.“At the end of the training, successful participants would have imbibed the culture of entrepreneurship that Diamond Bank Plc stands for,” she said.