SMEs Finance Symposium

This one day symposium welcomes speakers from the European Central Bank, HSBC-UK and Dagong Europe Credit Rating agency to a SMEs Finance Symposium where attendees will discuss issues related to SMEs finance in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)


Host: University of Leicester School of Business, in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Venue: College Court Hotel, Leicester

Date: Thursday 5 July 2018

Time: 9 am – 5 pm



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Registration for the workshop is free. To register, please click here and fill out our form.


Professor Zoe Radnor is Dean of the University of Leicester School of Business and Professor of Service Operations Management at University of Leicester, UK. She has been Co-director of the Research Centre for Service Management and Associate Dean (Teaching) at Loughborough University. Professor Radnor has been a Management Practice Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Fellow considering sustainability of Lean in public services. She was chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM) in 2013/14 and has sat on a number of advisory boards for Government and Healthcare organisations. In 2017 she achieved the distinction of a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her contribution to social science research. Read more...

Naoyuki Yoshino is Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Professor Emeritus at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He was named Director of the Japan Financial Services Agency's (FSA) Financial Research Center (FSA Institute) in 2004 and is now Chief Advisor. He was nominated for inclusion in Who's Who in the World for 2009 and 2013, and was named one of the Top 100 Educators in 2009. Read more…

Peter J. Morgan is Senior Consulting Economist and Co-chair of Research at ADBI. Previously he served in Hong Kong as Chief Asia Economist for HSBC, responsible for macroeconomic analysis and forecasting for Asia. Before that, he was Chief Japan Economist for HSBC, and earlier held similar positions at Merrill Lynch, Barclays de Zoete Wedd, and Jardine Fleming. Peter's research areas are macroeconomic policy, financial sector regulation and reform, and financial inclusion, financial literacy and financial literacy. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in economics from Yale University. Read more…

Bihong Huang joined the Asian Development Bank Institute as a research economist in February 2016. Previously, she was on the academic staff of Renmin University of China and University of Macau. She holds degrees in economics from Xiamen University (MA and BA) in China, and Nanyang Technological University (PhD) in Singapore. Her research interests include environmental, development, and financial economics.

Leslie Phillimore is Co-Director of a boutique Business Consultancy and founding Managing Director of The Director-e, a leading light in 21st Century recruitment and placement for highly skilled and experienced over 50s. Les holds two Postgraduate Diplomas, a Master of Business Administration and is an Elected District Councillor and an Area Lead for the Federation of Small Businesses for Leicester/shire, Northampton/shire and Rutland representing around 4,500 local business members. Read more…

Andrew Wu is the General Manager and Board Director of Dagong in Europe, joined Dagong in October 2016. Andrew possesses extensive working experiences in both credit rating and corporate and investment banking across Asia, Europe and Middle East, as well as in-depth knowledge of the Chinese capital market. Prior to joining Dagong, He had a long career at HSBC as an International Manager, serving different roles based in Shanghai, Jersey, Dubai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Andrew graduated from Warwick Business School in the UK and Renmin University of China. He is bilingual in Chinese and English.

Thomas Noe is the Ernest Butten Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, and an expert on corporate finance and corporate governance. His work has influenced the way companies are financed through the issuance of securities, contributed to the way we analyse systemic risk for firms, and provoked a re-evaluation of the way senior managers are compensated. His work has frequently appeared in all leading Finance journals and so many leading economics and management science journals. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the Review of Finance, The Review of Corporate Finance Studies, and is a co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. Read more…

Ollie Burr & Krish Shemar – Business Specialists of HSBC UK, Leicester Clock Tower Branch work with on-boarding start-up businesses with their first business accounts and also their cash flow options. They also deal with switching businesses from other banks and helping existing customers with their needs.

Professor Vania Sena is a Professor in Management Science and Entrepreneurship at the University of Essex. She has previously worked at the University of Leeds and Aston University. Her research focuses on the drivers of productivity with an emphasis on innovation, intellectual property and technology management.

Annalisa Ferrando is Principal Economist at the Capital Markets/Financial Structure division at the European Central Bank. Previously she worked at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy, at the European Commission. She has also been a visiting Advisor at the European Investment Bank. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University. Her current research interests lie in investment and investment finance with a focus on small and medium enterprises, firms’ financial decisions and financing constraints. In these fields she has published several journal articles and working papers.

Shabbir Aslam is a Certified Public Accountant and has been running his accountancy practice for a number of years in Leicester. He was a Parliamentary Candidate in the 2017 General Election for his South Leicestershire Constituency. He represents two local councils, Braunstone Town council and Blaby District council. He was the Mayor of Braunstone Town Council during 2014-15. Shabbir obtained his MBA (finance) degree from the University of Leicester. Read more...

Dr Mohamed Shaban is a Professor of Finance at the University of Leicester School of Business. He is also an Independent non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Dagong Europe Credit Rating. He has extensive industry and academic experience in the areas of asset management, corporate finance and financial services industry. Prof Shaban is a member of the CFA Institute and is the co-founder and the Vice President of the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS); and the co-founder of UK Efficiency, Productivity and Innovation Network UKEPIAN. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the EURO Working Group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis. Read more...

Symposium Summary

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Economy in most countries. They are the drivers of growth, employment, and innovation. Access to finance is a key matter for SMEs that equally concerns entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers around the world. A number of initiatives have been introduced to facilitate access to finance for SMEs globally, nonetheless, this matter still represents the main hindrance of growth for SMEs. The rejection rates for small firms applying for a working capital loan are much higher than for large firms. SMEs often struggle to collect data required by financial institutions to assess risk. As a result, financial access for SMEs is below the socially optimal rate.

This symposium (meeting) brings together distinguished speakers from policymakers, practitioners and researchers to address the challenges, information asymmetry and collateral shortage faced by SMEs when applying for a bank loan.

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