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Safaricom launch new SME product

10 September 2013, 23:19

Nairobi - Safaricom Business has launched online solutions that the company said would enable Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access affordable high-end software and subsequently transform the way they managed business.

The solutions, launched on Tuesday, would allow SMEs access to a Website, professional email, HR Payroll software and accounting software at competitive prices since users will only have to pay for the solutions according to the specific needs of the business.

Users would also be able to access the services from wherever they are through the internet.

Sylvia Mulinge, Safaricom's Business General Manager said the new offer would make it easier and affordable for up-and-coming businesses to professionalize data management.

She highlighted that the new product offered businesses the option of choosing the specific suite of services they require based on the individual needs.

"Software as a service is a solution that will provide SMEs with an affordable, safe and secure method of storing and managing their data," she said.

"Presently, many SMEs find the cost of data management such as the purchase of genuine software and servers as well as the hire of professionals prohibitive," she said.

The accounting software, Sage Pastel, would allow SMEs to generate professional financial reports which they can use to borrow loans from financial institutions.

The payroll solution; Cleanbill, is designed to ease and professionalise payroll management by automatically tabulate all statutory deductions from the employees and keeping relevant records.

To access the new service, businesses would pay a monthly fee of Kshs.870 for the on-line payroll processing software, KES 1 740 for the accounting software and KES 1 750 for professional email.

Website hosting will cost KES 999 for a full year's subscription.

The launch of the new offering is in line with The Economic Survey 2012, which indicated that the informal sector contributed about 90 percent of all new jobs during the year, representing a 7 percent increase over 2011.

The government has indicated that it looks up to SMEs to achieve what has been forecasted in the country's economic blueprint, Vision 2030.

- CAJ News


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