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CBN wants to give you Loan

Creative Industry Funding Initiative.

 

 

It’s a new dawn for the creative industry as the Central Bank of Nigeria makes funds available for creative persons, who genuinely seek financing to grow their businesses under its Creative Industry Funding Initiative.

Just like it did to farmers under its Anchor Borrowers’ Program (ABP), where rice farmers got cheap capital to boost their production capacities, leading to Nigeria becoming one of the world’s largest producers of rice, the Central Bank of Nigeria, has launched a financing program for the creative industry in Africa’s largest economy to enhance productivity and wealth creation.

The Creative Industry

“Nigeria has the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa and its fast-growing tech, film and fashion sectors have become a strong exporter of culture,” the British Council has said on its website.

Also, Nigeria’s culture and information minister Lai Mohammed said, “Our greatest strength lies in our creative industry, our music, and our films. That is one area we need to build on because that is one area we have a comparative advantage over many other countries.”

Nigeria’s creative industry is growing at an exponential rate with emerging talents in the fashion and film sector. But the chances of emerging from talents to creative entrepreneurs are quite slim due to the country’s harsh economic realities.

The country’s unemployment rate was at 23.1 per cent, from the previous rate of 18.8 per cent released in the third quarter of 2017, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics said in December 2018.

Despite these challenges and even more, Nigeria’s creative industry is tipped to hold the key to reducing the growing unemployment rate and contribute to the nation’s economy. While the challenges are real, the opportunities in the creative industry remain limitless.

Operators in the industry might as well heave a sigh of relief as the CBN has taken it upon itself to make funds available to creative entrepreneurs to finance their dreams and grow their businesses and this loan is up to the sum of N500m.

Intervention

The central bank, in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, as part of efforts to boost job creation in Nigeria, particularly among the youth, has developed a Creative Industry Finance Initiative (CIFI).

A circular recently published by the CBN disclosed that four key areas in the creative industry are targeted for financing under the scheme. They are fashion, information technology, movie production and music distribution. Software Engineering students can also access loan from the scheme for use in their creative ventures.

According to CBN, prospective beneficiaries are only required to prepare their business plan or statement on how much they want for their business and approach their bank for the facility.

“You can get a loan of up to N3 million as a Software Engineering Student, N30 million for Movie Production business, N500 million for Movie Distribution business,” the CBN announced.

The facility covers rental/service fees for Fashion and Information Technology business and training fees, equipment fees, and rental/service fees for Music business.

The CBN added: “Go to any bank of your choice to access the fund. Tell your bank how much you need. Your bank will discuss your request and provide you with the money.”

The maximum interest rate of nine percent per annum  (all charges inclusive) is applicable to all loans with a period for the repayment of the loan ranging from three to 10 years, depending on the segment of the business.

For software engineering student loan, it is a maximum of three years to repay a loan while it takes up to 10 years for people in movie production and distribution and also fashion, information technology and music.

CBN Requirements

Prepare your business plan or statement on how much you want
for your business.

Impact

The creative industry in Nigeria is believed to have the potential to turnaround the economy, if given the right attention as the CBN and the banks are about to do under the CIFI scheme.

Although there are no precise data on the size of the Nigerian fashion market, the apparel and footwear market in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be worth $31 billion with the global apparel market valued at $3 trillion.

As of 2014, the film industry was worth N853.9 billion (about $5.1 billion) making it the third most valuable film industry in the world, behind the United States and India. It contributed about 1.4 per cent to Nigeria’s economy- this was attributed to the increase in the number of quality films produced and more formal distribution methods.

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COINBOX LIMITED is a Management consultancy firm which commenced business in 2012 and has successfully managed many projects, alongside establishing business systems that has revived dying businesses and optimised existing ones, we have also written business plans and proposals for new or existing businesses enabling them access grants and loans locally and internationally. 

We at COINBOX are experts in writing bespoke business plans and we want to help you. Our rates are pocket friendly.

Benefits of Writing a Business Plan

A well-written business plan helps business owners get their businesses off the ground and then grow.  A business plan serves as a road map to profitability and a guide for structuring and operating the business.

Prospective investors and lenders want to know what they are getting themselves into. Just as you would want to know the specifics of a mutual fund or stock portfolio before you put down money, your investors and creditors want to know if funding your business is a sound idea.

Your bankers want to know what you will do with the money you are requesting for and see clearly how you will pay back and still remain in business and the usual instrument is a well written business plan.

It is not so easy for early investors or lenders to measure a company’s performance. There isn’t adequate financial history available about new businesses, which means that you have to provide much more information about your vision and projected revenue to help them get a full view of what you’re doing or what the business is about. This is clearly defined in your business plan.

Business plans are valuable when trying to secure startup or expansion funding. Investors want to be confident that they will see a return on their investment. A business plan is a tool that can help you prove that your company is viable and poised for future growth.

 

 

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-We will help in writing  bankable business plans for you with financial projections of up to 3 years and more.

-We  will support you with the necessary advice required for accessing and managing the loan

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7 PROVEN STRATEGIES TO PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS FOR SALE

 

7 Proven Strategies to Prepare Your Business for Sale

 

When you are looking to sell your business, it is imperative to prepare the company for sale before going to market.

Similarly to painting your house or fixing a faucet leak when selling your home, when selling a business, it is necessary to paint and repair leaks (both literally and figuratively).

Also, it may surprise you at how much your business can increase in value when you follow a few proven strategies to prepare it for sale. These strategies can typically be performed over a few week periods and ultimately prepare your company to sell for the highest possible value.

 

Prepare Your Business For Sale With These 7 Guaranteed Strategies

 

Strategy #1. Increase Business Profitability Before Selling Your Startup

While increasing profitability may seem obvious, let me explain a little more. You may be surprised at how quickly you can increase your business’ profitability.

Anyone coming to acquire a startup wants to understand its past value. Buyers want to feel confident that when they acquire your business they would be able to replicate or increase those profits in the future.

It has always been clear that all business owners want to pay less in taxes. In order to pay fewer taxes, it is often common for there to be personal types of items that the company is paying for.  Many times these types of expenses will “go-away” once the business owner exits the company.

When these expenses are identified you can reclassify them as owner’s discretionary expenses, it will increase the profitability and therefore increase the value of the company.

 

Strategy #2. Renew Expired Contracts Before Selling Your Business

It is very common for businesses to have expired customer contracts. These customers, however, are often still doing business with the company.

When selling a business, it is important to renew those contracts to help increase the value of the company.

These types of contracts are seen as more reliable revenue than a customer that can leave the next day.  It is also important to note that even contracts that have a 30 day out or a cancellation clause are more valuable than a customer that “walks in” and purchase at random.

Taking the time to organize, update and renew customer contacts will solidify the value of your business.

 

Strategy #3. Have a Formalized and Documented Processes of Running Your Business

Franchises are one of the hottest business categories for over the last 20 years. The primary reason is that business buyers want a proven track record, training, and formalized and documented processes. These processes help a business buyer to feel comfortable that they can follow a proven system that works.

When selling your business, it is essential to document all of your processes.

Many business owners don’t even realize that they already have formalized processes for 99% of the daily things they do in the business.

When you document how things are done and create a book of standard operating procedures, this will increases the value of the company due to the ease of transferability to someone from the outside.

 

Strategy #4. Build a Competent & Trained Workforce

While some businesses have normal turnover with employees, it is imperative to have key employees that are experienced and have longevity in the business.  Experienced workers bring balance and stability.

You can increase your company’s worth by training and keeping staff. When valuing a business, brokers often look at the experience level of the staff.  When there are numerous key staff members that have formal training for their job and are very capable, this becomes a valuable asset to the company.

Take a look at the robust startup team at Paystack and you will discover that this has always been one of their biggest advantages.

 

Strategy #5. Build a Business that Stands Out in the Marketplace

As a business owner, you must figure out how to stand out in the crowd just to turn a profit and have a successful company. But when selling a business, it is also good to highlight how this happens.  This is your value proposition over other companies that are for sale in your market and industry.

When looking to increase the value of your business try to figure out how the business has stood out in the past as well as how the business can stand out from the crowd in the future. You can check out how the owner of this blog, Emenike Emmanuel stood out and built a highly successful business in just one year.

Yours could be in terms of business location, processes or even technology. Businesses with differentiated products and services are uniquely positioned to sell as this makes the company more attractive.

 

Strategy #6. Do Everything to Minimize Risk Factors Before Selling Your Business

When selling a business, it is essential to look at the risk factors that a prospective purchaser will face when they own the business. There are many ways you can minimize those business risks and increase the value and viability of selling the business.

There are risks and potential risks in every business that may not concern you as an owner.  However, when selling a business, a buyer will view any number of items as a potential risk. Start by taking the time to review customer contracts, vendor contracts, and employee contracts. As a longtime owner, it’s usually pretty easy to “clean up” these contracts that could pose a risk for a new owner.  Therefore, it is crucial to identify and remedy any areas before going to market.

Often it is simple for you, the business owner, to have a simple non-solicitation and non-compete signed by any longtime employees prior to the sale.  This also can impact on the value of the business.  If your key employees have employment contracts with non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, then it creates more stability for the company going forward.

 

Strategy #7. Clean Up the Business

When running a business things often get messy, both figuratively and literally. This can mean sweeping the shop floor to cleaning up the “go-away” or “personal expenses” in the financials.

When preparing a business for sale, it is important to step back and look at the business as if this is the first time you have ever seen it.  Make a list of the messes and use this as your “to-do list.” For example:

  • Are the financials easy to follow?
  • Are the contracts tidy?
  • Are the employee handbooks up to date?
  • Does the break room need to be repainted?

These items can make a big difference when a business buyer looks at your business. The less messy the business looks to someone from the outside, the more confident the business buyer becomes. The more confident the business buyer means the better potential for a successful sale.

Source: Emenike Emmanuel

Interview An With SAP’S Greg Mc Stravick: The Intelligent Enterprise Learns And Adapt

Philosophers have struggled for centuries to articulate a definition of the word “intelligence.” Aristotle considered it the highest of human virtues, and the root of rational thought, and indeed, the meaning of its original Latin word, intellectus, translates to understanding.

Another definition, often attributed to the late astronomer Stephen Hawking, describes intelligence as “the ability to adapt to change.” It’s a view that adheres closely to that of Greg McStravick, president of database and data management at SAP when he gets to talking about the intelligent enterprise: “In the same way that humans adapt and learn from experience and information, businesses can learn and adapt in order to grow.”

But whether you’re talking about a person or a business, there’s a catch: The only way to understand something is if you have the right information about it, the right data. And in business, getting the right data isn’t easy.

“The only way to change and grow is through data coupled with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning,” McStravick says. “A solution that helps companies manage large volumes of data from disparate sources to gain valuable insights is the foundational requirement for the intelligent enterprise.”

Businesses gather a massive amount of data about every aspect of their operations. Study the data close enough, the thinking goes, and eventually, patterns emerge that lead to insights that in turn lead to more informed business decisions. And those decisions usually aim for one of two outcomes: increase revenues or reduce costs.

So it’s no coincidence that data has been called the oil of the 21st century. The comparison runs deep. Before it’s useful, oil must first be refined into valuable items like gasoline or jet fuel. For it to have any value, McStravick says, data must also be refined and analyzed: “You can’t fuel an intelligent enterprise without data. It’s like a car with no gas.”

Data sprawl

The comparisons end there. Access to valuable, actionable data is difficult for many reasons. For one thing, it’s usually spread all over the place. Most enterprises store their data in a fragmented manner in six to eight different cloud systems, each running different applications. This “data sprawl” leaves companies without the meaningful insights and understanding of their customers, suppliers, and even their own products. And that leads to uninformed business decisions.

This sprawling data landscape is also hard to govern and to protect. Both problems add a new layer of risk and liability: New regulatory schemes such as GDPR in the E.U. impose stiff financial penalties for data misuse.

SAP’s vision is to provide an enterprise with a common data model that brings together all data types from many sources without moving anything.

“Once the data has been captured and processed, it becomes trustworthy, and only then can it be used for analytical and computing purposes,” McStravick explains. “The elegance is in combining large volumes of data outside of core systems … to allow computation on data at the point where it resides without having to replicate it.” That makes it easier to perform analytics or to feed the data into a machine learning system.

An example of enterprise intelligence

Companies in a range of industries are on the journey to intelligence. “Some energy companies are already leveraging geospatial capabilities [of an in-memory platform] to identify all impacts on their grid and to manage the subset of the grid infrastructure on a graph basis,” says McStravick.

He goes on to explain that to achieve the first layer of intelligence, a company would load all data on customers, plants, and homes using their utility services by longitude and latitude into the in-memory system to pinpoint exactly where their assets are. Events like service outages can be immediately identified by location and managed.

“That would normally take hours; with [an in-memory platform] it takes sub-seconds,” McStravick says. “In the second layer, the company could start to leverage other sources of data to predict the likelihood of outages, based on earth observation and weather data.”

It is this capability that would enable them to intelligently and proactively predict outages, structure outage teams, or schedule predictive maintenance.

A phased approach

One big issue facing enterprises on the journey to intelligence is the fact that their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are aging, and their master data is not harmonized, making it difficult to access and understand information coming from disparate sources.

For example, any company that has dozens of manufacturing sites worldwide generates huge data volumes in a complex landscape. Achieving standardized reports is a challenge because often tables are stored in different systems, and a lot of manual tools are needed for mapping them. Addressing this challenge is a central data repository and a unified stream of clean data, allowing enterprises to analyze and process to make decisions.

Intelligent enterprises are on a long-term journey that usually involves a phased approach. First, they need an operational platform to automate processes and allow access to all data, which may have been physically and logically dispersed at one time. Next, they can start making better and quicker tactical decisions using trustworthy information. And finally, they can proceed to advanced business decision-making for strategical impact.

Source: The Digitalist Magazine

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Preparing an executive summary page for your business plan

Writing a business plan is now being considered by some groups as an outdated activity. This is especially with the advent of new modes of business presentation like the Business Model Canvas (BMC).

But I would rather see it as not outdated but a reassignment of the need for a business plan to be more important now than ever before but at the same time not need to go straight into preparing it. This is because we are in the information age and information even as young as 12 months old is already outdated in a lot of places. This is the age of innovation and dynamism where you either innovate or relocate to the stone age.

In a standard business creation process, one would roll out as below

  1. Business ideation: here you brainstorm and search for business ideas and look out for that eureka moment. Also, you meet with various groups at various events tinkling with your business ideas and generating new ones. Finally you trim down your by now many ideas to about the top 5 workable ones to move to the next level.
  2. Business modelling: This is where you create a business model around each idea using a BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS – BMC and prioritize them from the one with highest return on value (ROV) to the least. this does not necessarily mean that all the ideas will not be implemented, it just helps you focus on which is priority and act accordingly. This is also the stage at which the ideas are tested for workability and the most workable and effective of them is taken to the market.
  3. business plan: This is the third stage before access to market and/or finance of the idea. Here you have prioritised your ideas and tested same and decided on the one to start with. This is the one(s) you now write a business plan for. this business plan is a long term view (3-20 years) of the business with a defined strategy for implementation taking the BMC into consideration.

In writing your business plan, the first page is usually the executive summary.

this page is to be prepared last but comes first in the final document. this is because it is the document that like introduces us to the entire project and it is usually like a 2-3 page summary of the entire project stating the key information so the Executive (financier or partner) can decide whether to go on and read the rest of the document, get more references or jettison the project at that point.

It is always good to keep the language here simple and concise, no unnecessary technicalities keep to the primary elements as all other issues will be dealt with in-depth further into the document.

In your executive summary, you are expected to state

  • your brief history
  • your mission
  • your vision
  • your value proposition
  • your target market
  • your product/service list
  • your unique selling proposition
  • your market entry model
  • market/customer relationship model
  • and other executive matters: these are key issues like; who owns the business, what is the ownership structure (current and proposed), capital requirement (and structure), payback, ROI, key business margins and exit strategy.

finally, you close stating why it is key to join your business train to achieve your defined purpose and reiterate whats in it for the target reading audience.

With this your executive summary is complete.

Ayo is a management and business development consultant, a business startup coach, trainer, microfinance expert and marketing consultalt.

He can be reached on social media at @ayoemakhiomhe or via email – emakhiomheayo@yahoo.com

 

 

CASSAVA-BREAD FUND

CASSAVA – BREAD FUND

Background

  • Cassava Bread Fund was created by the Federal Government as part of the transformation policy in the agribusiness sector.
  • To ensure that Nigeria becomes the largest cassava processor having occupied the position of largest producer of the commodity in the world, and guarantee the reduction of food import bills; a number of measures including the cassava bread policy were endorsed by the Government.
  • Government’s intervention in the Cassava Value Chain by funding Cassava Processors and Bakers would translate to foreign exchange savings and job creation along the cassava value chain and also prevent post-harvest losses.
  • Projected Impact
  • The Cassava Bread Development Fund is aimed at the gradual substitution of wheat flour with cassava flour up to 20%. This initiative would translate to foreign exchange savings and job creation along the cassava value chain and also prevent post-harvest losses.

Target Market

The initiative is aimed at providing equipment and working capital support to Master Bakers and High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) processors across Nigeria.

Source:www.boi.ng

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Chinese firm, Nigeria sign $6b Lagos-Kano rail project agreement

Nigeria has signed an agreement of $6.68billion with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for a major segment of rail line linking the economic capital Lagos with Kano, northern Nigeria’s commercial hub.

“The signing of the Ibadan-Kaduna segment contract agreement today (Tuesday) concludes all outstanding segments of the Lagos-Kano rail line,” said a statement by Nigeria’s transport ministry.

CCECC confirmed to Xinhua the signing of the agreement Tuesday.

The Lagos-Kano rail modernization project started in 2006 and was broken into segments for implementation.

The segmentation phase commenced from Abuja-Kaduna rail line in 2011, which was completed and commissioned into commercial operation by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.

In March 2017, the second leg of the rail project, which is currently ongoing, commenced.

Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, while signing the contract agreement with CCECC, said the completion time of the contract should be between two to three years, “depending on availability of funds.”

Amaechi promised that the government would be able to provide its counterpart funding between 2018 and 2019 budget provision.

The Ibadan-Kaduna standard gauge line is designed to pass through the southwest region to the north, linking Osogbo-Ilorin-Minna to Kaduna, with a single track branch line from Osogbo to Ado-Ekiti, another southwestern city.

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Source: Africa Business Communities

ADIRE, KAMPALA AND ASO OKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Adire (Tie & Dye) and Aso-Oke fall under the textile industry which for many years was reputed as the largest single non-government employer of labor and second only to the food and beverages sector in terms of capital investment, output and contribution to Gross National Product (GNP).  The industry accounted for a good percentage of the country’s manufacturing value added and had made considerable progress in backward integration.·         While Adire is the indigo dyed cloth made in south western Nigeria by Yoruba women, Aso-Oke is a hand loomed cloth woven in Nigeria. Aso-Oke means top cloth in the English language. Usually woven by men, the fabric is used to make men’s gowns, called agbada, women’s wrappers, called iro, and men’s hats, called fila.

·         Adire is produced in the South Western Nigeria and some States in the Northern part of the country, while Aso Oke is produced in the South West, Akwete town near Port Harcourt, Nupe speaking parts of Niger State, Tiv and speaking parts of Benue State. Therefore the product cuts across different geopolitical zones in the country

RATIONALE a.   The need to promote and sustain the production of indigenous textiles that are unique to Nigeria and can be showcased in any part of the world.b.   This will be a major source of job creation especially in the areas where they are produced. For instance, some Adire makers employ fine artists that specialize in making patterns on prints, and fashion designers who specialize in creating new fashion styles with the fabrics.

c.    The need to modernize the production processes for Adire and Aso-Oke in order to improve their quality and make them globally competitive.

d.   The product program will facilitate access to finance for practitioners in the production of Adire and Aso-Oke to enable them acquire modern equipment for the enhancement of their efficiency.

TARGET MARKET/ CRITERIA The Fund will be accessed by indigenous players in the Adire/Kampala and Aso-Oke production business such as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – Limited Liability Companies and Enterprises – that are interested in the Adire and Aso-Oke businesses.
PROJECTED IMPACT Each of the category of the following is expected to create 14 – 23 jobs:

Small Medium
Direct 4 8
Indirect 10 15
Total 14 23
SINGLE OBLIGOR LIMIT Up to N10 million.
                            PRICING Interest Rate: 9% per annum.Fees: 1% Processing fee.
TENOR Up to 4 years.
MORATORIUM 6 – 9 months from date of Loan Disbursement.
  

SECURITY

Loan Amount (N’m) Security Arrangement
5.0 – 10.0 1.    Specific charge over the equipment financed.2.    Irrevocable Personal Guarantee of the Chief Promoter of the company.

3.    Two (2) external guarantors acceptable to BOI who must belong to any of the following categories:

a)   Senior Civil Servant (Level 12 and above) who should not be more than 53 years old or not more than 28 years in service (whichever comes first.

b)   Bankers (not below the level of Assistant Manager) and must have been confirmed by current employer.

c)   Professionals i.e. Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Engineers, etc.

d)   Senior Staff (not less than a manager) of reputable quoted Companies, International Oil Companies, Telecommunications Companies (GSM providers)

e)   The guarantees must be supported with Notarized Statement of Net worth acceptable to BOI.

FUNDING STRUCTURE ·         Loan: 90% maximum from BOI (including working capital from              BOI or the SME-friendly banks).·         Contribution by the promoter: 10% (minimum).
FUNDING SOURCES ·         BOI Fund and CBN N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund (MSMEDF)
 DISBURSEMENT Term Loan:To be disbursed in phases in accordance with agreed milestones. Payment to equipment suppliers shall be on delivery, installation and successful test-run. Where any supplier requires advance payment for equipment fabrication, it shall be backed by a performance bond issued by a commercial bank or a BOI accredited insurance company, on behalf of the BOI accredited equipment supplier.

Working Capital:

To be disbursed after successful installation and testing of the equipment.

Source: www.boi.ng