The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has given fresh expression to its commitment to Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with the launch of an exclusive Credit Card for the sector.
One of the largest lenders to SMEs in Sri Lanka, the Bank will issue the Mastercard-branded Credit Card to entrepreneurs that fall into the SME category as defined by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), and meet the standard credit evaluation criteria. For members of the Bank’s Biz Club, the card has been named ‘ComBank Biz Club SME Credit Card’ while for other SMEs of the card bears the name ‘ComBank Business SME Credit Card,’ the Bank said.
The card will confer several additional benefits to cardholders, such as a waiver of the joining fee and annual fee for the first year, free access to Commercial Bank’s Mobile Banking (USSD and SMS) services, free registration for the Bank’s Online Banking platform combined with a waiver of the annual fee for the first year of use, and free registration for Paymaster – the Bank’s bulk payments platform – and a waiver of the fee for the first month of use and a travel insurance for overseas travels.
Commercial Bank’s SME Credit Cards will also be eligible to Mastercard sponsored international and domestic offers exclusive to that category of cards and will be eligible to earn higher ComBank Max Loyalty points at the rate of one point for every Rs 400 spent via the card, the Bank said.
Among the value additions provided by Commercial Bank to the SME sector is the Bank’s ‘Biz Club’ launched in 2017 with the objective of providing SMEs with extensive networking opportunities, support beyond lending and a range of other benefits including special bank concessions and a personalised Biz Club Debit Card. Members also receive economic updates and alerts on new business developments via email and SMS and free registration for Online Banking facilities. Additionally, Biz Club members are entitled to free financial advisory services and invitations to exclusive business seminars which are beneficial to the development of their businesses.
Commercial Bank Credit and Debit Cards offer year-round promotions covering a wide variety of services. Commercial Bank was the first bank to offer loyalty rewards for both Credit and Debit Card holders under its Max Loyalty Rewards scheme. The Bank was also a pioneer in extending promotional discount offers, which were traditionally only offered for Credit Cards to its Debit Cards.
Commercial Bank cards are the fastest growing cards in Sri Lanka and enjoy market leadership in Credit and Debit Card cumulative point-of-sale usage. The Bank offers a variety of Credit Cards in the Classic, Gold and Platinum tiers of Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay cards, as well as Visa Signature, World Mastercard, Visa Infinite, UnionPay Asia Prestige Diamond and UnionPay Asia Prestige Platinum Cards in the premium segment. The cards are equipped with ‘Tap’ n Go’ NFC technology and are backed by a strong NFC point-of-sale network.
The first Sri Lankan Bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Bank, which won more than 50 international and local awards in 2019, operates a network of 268 branches and 873 ATMs in Sri Lanka.