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ANZ wins Canstar awards for small business offerings

ANZ's small business products and services have been recognised with three award wins from Canstar - Bank of the Year - Small Business, Bank of the Year - Business Credit Cards, and Most Satisfied Customers - Small Business Merchant Services. ANZ NZ Managing Director of Business Lorraine Mapu talks about the win, and how ANZ encourages and supports the Kiwi entrepreneurial spirit.

ANZ New Zealand Managing Director of Business, Lorraine Mapu.


Congratulations on winning Canstar’s Bank of the Year | Small Business Award. The award recognises ANZ’s range of products and business services for the small business sector. What is unique about ANZ’s small business offering?


We’re incredibly proud to be named Canstar’s Bank of the Year for Small Business and I want to thank all our business customers.


Part of the strength of ANZ’s small businesses offering is our ability to support those customers with all the strength and connections of a full service bank.


That means offering products and insights from right across our business, tapered to the right applications, which help our customers thrive in a diverse range of situations.


We have more people in more places, covering all sorts of specialisations across the entire banking market, which allows us to collaborate to bring great outcomes to our customers.


Whether our business customers are a fresh start-up or an established business, ANZ helps them achieve more by providing insights and expertise that drive value, unrivalled market connections, and by making their banking as easy as possible.


Customer Satisfaction played a key role in ANZ’s recognition as Canstar’s Bank of the Year | Small Business. What is ANZ doing differently that sets it apart from its competitors?


ANZ has a strong focus on listening to feedback and continuously improving its systems, which we believe leads to an environment of trust and satisfaction among our customers.


We’re also well aware that no one answer will work for every business in every situation, so we encourage and empower our bankers to find bespoke solutions to issues faced by our customers.


The bank values the trust placed in us by our customers, and we try to do the right thing by them, including resolving problems quickly and efficiently and providing excellent, friendly customer service.


We also find that communication is key – we want to know our customers well enough to help them, and give them the right tools and knowledge they need to manage their money.


What additional support and advice does ANZ provide to help small business owners grow their enterprises?


ANZ has a wide range of support available for businesses, and unmatched advice and insights are available to all customers.


Those tools and services include economic reports, insight papers, webinars, articles, guides, exclusive offers, calculators and, of course, personal advice based on their situation.


ANZ is also investing more in our digital and voice capabilities, which can help to make banking easier for our customers.


What are the main challenges for small businesses in NZ at present, and how is ANZ helping small business owners face them?


Covid-19 has meant significant disruption and uncertainty for many, and the resilience, innovation and willingness to adapt we have seen right across our business community has been incredible.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve enacted special support measures, including reducing finance fees, improving access to capital, and allowing the restructuring of loans to help with things like cashflow.


We’ve also found that businesses appreciate feeling supported by their bank – that means proactively checking in with them from time to time to see if there’s anything we can do to help.


Industries like tourism have suffered from a lack of customers, and for some businesses solutions have been found by encouraging and supporting significant pivots in their business models.


For others, like the food service industry, we’ve done a lot of work in assisting customers with the digitisation of their payment systems, to allow things like online ordering and contactless pick-up.


As New Zealand’s vaccine rollout continues, and the country’s stance towards Covid-19 continues to evolve, our teams are monitoring the situation closely in order to have good advice available for businesses.


Our small businesses are also challenged by the growing importance of having sustainable business practices, and the demand by consumers to prove out these practices.


How does ANZ see the small business sector changing in the future as a result of Covid-19?


One of the biggest changes we see taking place is the increasing importance of digitisation – customers are more willing now to do business entirely online, and small businesses need to be prepared for that.


We’ve been assisting many businesses in making this transition, ensuring that their digital offerings are up to speed and able to cope with this shifting landscape.


Customer expectations and demands are also changing – whether that be in terms of contactless transactions, or in fields like environmental, sustainability and governance policies.


We continue to offer sound advice and forecasts to small businesses in those fields, and are supporting them to adapt their businesses, in order to future-proof them.


This Q+A first appeared on the Canstar website.


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