UTE and HNB combine to support SME

The country’s youth, especially Small and Medium entrepreneurs need reliable and efficient tools together with  financial support to boost their businesses.In an initiative to help SMEs remain competitive and meet an increased demand for energy efficient machinery, United Tractor & Equipment (Pvt) Limited (UTE) and Hatton National Bank (HNB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to provide SME Entrepreneurs an easy payment scheme to finance the FS Curtis Air Compressor range.

HNB is a premier private sector commercial bank in Sri Lanka, recognized as the Bank of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by the Banker Magazine UK. Named as the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka forthe 9th consecutive time, HNB was also recognized for the Best Micro Finance product in Sri Lanka by the Asian Banker Magazine. “Our decision to support the SME sector with UTE’s range of products is due to their reputation for reliability in providing efficient products coupled with their legendary after sales services which will enable our clients to be more productive and profitable. It’s a WIN-WIN solution all round” quipped Dilshan Rodrigo, Chief Operating Officer of HNB.

Under the terms of the MoU, HNB will provide an attractive financial solution for SMEs when purchasing FS Curtis Air Compressors. The terms include five-year repayment scheme at a competitive fixed interest rate throughout the term of the period or a floating rate to suit the customer income pattern. For greater customer convenience HNB has offered to process the Lease facilities to customers with minimum documentation.

The FS Curtis range is renowned globally for having set the gold standard for superior engineering design for compressors. Its equipment remains unmatched in terms of durability and performance. Through the MoU local SMEs will have access to FS Curtis products such as the Air Dryer, Air Filter, Air Receiver, Piston Air Compressor, and Rotary Screw Compressor via low monthly payments.

“It is a privilege for UTE to partner HNB and continue to support the youth and contribute towards SME development in the country. This MoU will help SMEs overcome business challenges through comprehensive finance solutions and in the use of pneumatic technology for their day-to-day activities,” said Riyad Ismail, CEO – UTE.

To promote the benefits of the FS Curtis range, UTE are conducting a roadshow visiting SMEs countrywide, with special emphasis on garages, tyre shops, service stations and small factories who extensively use air compressors.Under the MoU, HNB will also provide customized financial solutions for entrepreneurs who wish to purchase other UTE equipment through a special Leasing scheme.