BNZ wins ‘New Zealand’s Small Business Bank of the year

Published: Fri 7 Sep 2018 09:25 AM
7 September 2018
BNZ was today recognised by Canstar for the passion it delivers across New Zealand to support the small businesses that power our economy.
Winning the Canstar Small Business Bank of the Year 2018 is a great acknowledgment of BNZ’s continued commitment to delivering the exceptional service, products and support that small business customers deserve.
"Small businesses need more than just a traditional bank,” says BNZ Chief Executive Officer, Angie Mentis. "They need a trusted partner that can help them navigate an increasingly complex environment, and a partner that takes the time to understand their ambitions to grow and succeed,” says Ms Mentis.
“Small businesses are far too often the unsung heroes of the New Zealand economy – making up 97 per cent of all enterprises and employing nearly a third all of New Zealanders. Having grown up in a small business family I am a passionate believer in the need to continually provide the tools and services to help them focus on being successful. Every one of them is unique and no two owners need the same support. BNZ is exceptionally well placed to help,” says Ms Mentis.
The award is based on research conducted by Canstar, which assesses loan products, banking facilities, relationship managers, support services, business insights, education, advice and other services in making their decision.
Ms Mentis highlights three areas where BNZ works to help their small business customers succeed.
“Good support, information, and advice you can trust is critical. Over and above that, we know small businesses need to connect with each other to learn, seek inspiration and create new opportunities. BNZ Connect speaking events; providing businesses with co-working spaces and our Community 101 initiative that gives business owners a place to get work done, hold meetings, and meet other owners, are all part of creating an environment for success,” says Ms Mentis.
“And if our business partners have aspirations beyond our own shores we pride ourselves on the support we provide to help entrepreneurs take on the world. We are long supporters of the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco, helping Kiwi companies get a foothold in the US market,” says Ms Mentis. Over the last seven years BNZ has helped 3000 businesses access Kiwi Landing Pad services for free.
BNZ is proud to have won the Canstar “Bank of the Year – Small Business” seven times in the last eight years.
Be good with money
Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has been a big part of New Zealand life for over 150 years since its foundation in 1861. The bank employs over 5,000 people and has more than 170 retail stores and 32 Partners business centres across the country.
Passionate about enabling a higher achieving New Zealand, BNZ works with personal, business, agri, and private wealth clients, helping them grow and make their goals a reality.
A subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies, BNZ is governed locally by a Board of Directors and strives to help New Zealanders be good with money.
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