Lloyds Banking Group has teamed up with Smarta to launch a new service for small and micro enterprise customers, providing a suite of digital software solutions to help entrepreneurs start, manage and grow their business effectively through the new ‘Business ToolBox‘.
Accessible online from anywhere in the world, the Business ToolBox offers unrestricted access to eight online tools (including Sage One Accounting) to help manage all aspects of day-to-day business activities, from accounting and receipt management to digital tools for building websites, online data backup and a credit-checking facility.
Lloyds Bank Business Account holders can sign up for a free 30 day trial of the Business Toolbox without having to put in any card or payment details giving them more flexibility to decide which items will help them the most.
The resources have been introduced as part of the bank’s commitment to improve digital skills in small and micro businesses and their continuing partnership with Go ON UK – the digital skills charity, chaired by Martha Lane Fox.
Nick Williams (Consumer Digital Director, Bank of Scotland) said: “We’re committed to helping UK businesses and the new ToolBox will help SMEs save valuable time and money. Business confidence has risen over the course of the year, and the Toolbox comes at the right time to help SMEs plan effectively for 2015 and pick out the opportunities for growth.”
Smarta, the business support and advice network for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs, worked with Bank of Scotland (part of Lloyds Banking Group) to devise the package of tools that would be most beneficial for its SME customers across the country.
Sháá Wasmund (Founder of Smarta) said: “We’re focused on making life easier for the people behind the UK’s 4.8 million small businesses. That means providing them with the tools, technology and support they need in order to be able focus their time on growing their businesses rather than simply managing them. We’re really excited to be launching Business Toolbox with Lloyds Banking Group and look forward to seeing how their business customers benefit. I wish I’d had something like this when I started my first business!”
Adrian Sproston (Head of Channel, Sage One UK & Ireland) said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Lloyds Banking Group who are recognised as one of the biggest supporters of small and micro businesses in the UK. By making Sage One available on the ‘Business Toolbox’, we can help more of their customers manage their cashflow better so they can take advantage of new opportunities to innovate and grow.”
Find out more
If you already have an active Lloyds Bank Business Account or are in the process of setting one up you can start your free 30 day trial of the ‘Business Toolbox’ today at https://toolbox.lloydsbank.com/users/sign_up.