Our Enterprise Development Centres located throughout South Africa can support your business from inception until maturity through unlocking access to finance, access to markets and access to business development support services. We can tailor business development support that’s appropriate to your needs.

Access to markets

Our virtual marketplace, the Procurement Portal, connects SMMEs, suppliers and corporate buyers.

Procurement Portal

Access to business facilities

Get access to professional business facilities, meeting rooms and work stations.

Here’s what we offer:

Business development support services

Our aim is to drive the economy and ultimately strengthen job-creation potential, productivity and sustainability.

  • Consultants who can help with business plans, cash-flow projections, company registrations and guidance on business development
  • Networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and the chance to attend seminars and workshops to boost your business
  • Access to computers - no need to own one yourself
What we offer
  • Advisory services on our funding and support offerings for SMEs
  • Guidance on business plans, cash flow, licences, permits, registration regulations and tax compliance documents
  • Workshops for SMEs on topics ranging from entrepreneurial skills development to financial literacy to business management
  • Opportunities for SMEs to network through seminars and other events
Access to markets

Our online platform, called Procurement Portal, connects SMMEs to corporate and government buyers to help SMMEs identify markets.

  • Buyers can search for SMMEs in a particular region, of a certain profile and with a particular capacity
  • The portal encourages corporates and government entities to buy more services and products from SMMEs
  • It helps SMMEs find business opportunities
How it works
  • Suppliers of all sizes, industries and profiles can register their business information on the portal
  • Corporate and government entity buyers can search for accredited suppliers in particular regions and industries and with a specific profile
  • Registration and interaction takes place on an independent website - subscription contracts and costs are managed by Supply Chain Network (SCNet)
  • Registered suppliers get daily notifications of public leads and tenders issued
Enterprise Development Centres

We have 7 Enterprise Development Centres across South Africa, which are hubs for emerging SMEs to receive training; access computers and boardrooms; and benefit from networking opportunities.

Some of the business development services offered to SMEs include:

  • Hot-seats/workstations and boardroom(s)/meeting rooms with telecom facilities for EDC members.
  • Advisory services on:
    • Absa ED offerings (including the Procurement Portal, Procurement Finance and Developmental/Equity Funding).
  • Workshops focusing on:
    • Business plans (review), cash flows, licenses, permits, registration regulations and documents required to start and/or register a business, tax compliance etc.
    • Entrepreneurial skills development, financial literacy, business principles etc.
  • Provision of network platforms through business seminars.

For further information please contact one of the ED centres below or email ED@absa.co.za

Location Street address City Telephone
Gauteng 1 Central Place, 30 Jeppe Street, Newtown Johannesburg +27 11 689 1940
Northern Cape 80 Bultfontein Road Kimberly + 27 53 839 7467
KwaZulu-Natal LionMatch Office Park, 892 Umgeni Road Durban +27 31 309 5330
KwaZulu-Natal 15 Chatterton Road Pietermaritzburg +27 33 264 4500
Free State

Absa Brandwag
Cnr Donald Murray Avenue& Nelson Mandela Drive
Bloemfontein + 27 51 401 1051
Eastern Cape 1st Floor Kwantu Towers, Vuyisile Mini Square Port Elizabeth +27 41 502 9200
North West Cnr R565 and Direpotsane Road, Phokeng Rustenburg +27 14 566 7260

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