Klarna, a number one international retail financial institution, funds, and procuring service that helps shoppers save money and time, and be told and in management, has launched its nationwide SME Roadshow to host panel discussions, networking occasions and drinks to carry small and medium retailers collectively. The roadshow’s announcement coincides with UK FinTech Week, one of many world’s main FinTech occasions which showcase innovation within the monetary service sector.
Klarna commissioned analysis discovered that whereas 51% of SME leaders know the significance of getting a community of like-minded enterprise leaders, a 3rd (33%) have by no means spoken to a different like-minded enterprise to both search recommendation or talk about experiences. The roadshow will present a discussion board the place SME house owners and leaders could be open about their challenges, experiences and successes. Stopping off in London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle and Belfast, the roadshow will host a number of occasions starting from panel discussions to networking drinks for the 100 recipients of Klarna’s SME Support Package.
Launching in London, Klarna will host a panel moderated by Christian Howes, presenter and social media knowledgeable. Different panelists will embody Alex Marsh, Head of Klarna UK, Emma Jones, Founding father of Enterprise Nation and Matt Kennedy, Founding father of Fussy (one of many help fund winners and up to date Dragon’s Den alumni). Following the panel, visitors can have the night to community with like-minded SME’s and enterprise leaders to share experiences and recommendation, all whereas having fun with a DJ set by Charlotte De Carle.
The roadshow is a part of Klarna’s SME Help Bundle, its £3m help bundle created to spice up SMEs as they get better from the pandemic. The successful 100 SMEs obtained a specialist help bundle together with complimentary use of Klarna’s Pay later merchandise for one 12 months, WeWork All Entry passes for 3 months and £15,000 value of Klarna media providers together with in-app promoting, social media and promotional help on the Klarna app.
Alex Marsh, Head of UK at Klarna mentioned, “SMEs are an integral a part of our economic system, and it’s so essential that we give them as a lot help as doable to assist them thrive. We hope that alongside the Help Bundle we’ve curated, by bringing these leaders collectively, we are able to type a robust and highly effective SME group constructed on help and information sharing. I’m very a lot wanting ahead to assembly all of the totally different leaders throughout the nation.”