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An account that grows with your business In a move aimed at transforming the banking experience for SMEs, Absa is launching a brand-new transactional account called Business Evolve Zero. Specifically designed for sole proprietors and start-ups, it comes with no monthly account fee. Many entrepreneurs will have tales about how challenging it is to get a new business up and running. Aside from the usual funding issues, a great deal of business owners might be specialists in their own fields, but come up short when it comes to the financial management skills needed to become a successful start-up. This is a familiar story; one that Absa is about to evolve. The Absa Business Evolve Zero Account offers more than just zero monthly fees. At its heart, is a business management and accounting solution called Cashflow Manager. As an-endto-end digital offering, Cashflow Manager empowers even novices to take control of their business finances like never before. Standard features include the ability to create cost estimates and generate invoices. Invoices will automatically be picked up when they are paid, to deliver reports on outstanding monies. Cashflow Manager delivers a bird’s eye view of your company’s finances, and even helps proprietors to keep track of their own money versus that of the business. It also offers payroll services, further reducing an SME’s reliance on external resources. Realtime analytics and reporting can be accessed with a few clicks via Absa Online. Underscoring Absa’s commitment to providing world-class digital solutions, the Business Evolve Zero Account offers entrepreneurs the convenience of online banking, 24/7; with the

added peace of mind that a banker is always available if they require human assistance. Improved analytics and insights provided by Cashflow Manager enable Absa to better support SMEs, by preemptively offering bespoke transactional, savings and credit solutions for the business. The Business Evolve Zero Account is a cost-effective pay-as-you-transact solution that offers unlimited free Absa-to-Absa debit orders and Absa-to-Absa interaccount transfers. Fees for EFTs, debit card swipes and external debit orders are low. The account comes with a debit card, a savings pocket and an investment facility called Liquidity Plus. Designed for businesses with an annual turnover of less than R5 million, the Absa Business Evolve Zero Account also simplifies VAT, allowing entrepreneurs the ability to generate reports to assist with filing returns to the South African Revenue Service. The SME segment is a core focus area for Absa, and if the Business Evolve Zero Account is anything to go by, it seems that they’ve hit the nail on the head. More Business Evolve Accounts are in the advanced stages of development and are said to be released during the course of 2021. These new accounts will cater for the needs of bigger enterprises, laying the groundwork for businesses to have one account that evolves with their growth – starting from day one. The Business Evolve Zero Account is available on Absa Online, the Absa Banking App and at selected branches. Contact us on 0800 227 592.

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