UBA bank has been ranked the cheapest lender for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in the country’s financial sector according to a new study by consulting firm Think Business Limited.

The Think Business banking tariff survey for 2017 released on Wednesday says UBA beat large commercial banks with least costs charged to its customers. The findings of the survey were based on commercial banks’ general tariff guides. “In addition to the banks with the lowest charges, UBA bank emerged as the overall lender with the lowest charges in SME banking for 2017 in both SME models,” said Think Business chief executive Ochieng Oloo.
In the survey, Paramount Bank was ranked the second overall cheapest lender. ABC and Credit Bank tied at third spot while Consolidated Bank and  Guardian Bank tied at the fifth position.
Besides gleaning information from charges levied by banks as per their tariff guides, the survey based its findings on research carried out across six major counties between 27 January and 2 February this year and featured 1,093 respondents.
The research was conducted by Think Business in partnership with research firm Infotrak and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya.
When presented based on  tiers, Cooperative  Bank of Kenya and  Equity Bank were ranked as the banks with the lowest charges in  SME  banking for  2017 in the tier 1  segment.
Among the tier 2 lenders, Housing  Finance registered the lowest charges for  SME  banking in  2017,  while  ABC  bank from tier 3  and  UBA  from tier  4 had the lowest charges.
According to the survey, the industry’s annual average cost of banking has reduced from Sh12,935 in 2016 to Sh11,959 in 2017, a decrease of 8 percent.

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