The new site, named Business Solutions, can be found at
Entirely free of subscription charges, it is intended to
keep Bank of Scotland and BT at the forefront of the potentially
lucrative SME market.
Among the services available at the new site are direct business
banking with interest-bearing online checking accounts,
overdraft facilities, asset finance, business insurance, debt
recovery and cash flow finance.
Customers who take up financial offers will earn a free upgrade
of their Internet connections from an existing PSTN line to the
ISDN-based BT Business Highway.
Colin Matthew, Bank of Scotland’s chief executive of Business
Banking said that business owners are crying out for information
about the Internet and how to use it to their advantage.
“The package of services available from Business Solutions today —
and those planned for the future — will not only save business
owners time in running their businesses but will also help them
make that vital leap to trading via the Internet.”
At Business Solutions users will be able to purchase
online training and development packages for SMEs from iLearn.To,
with unlimited access to 400 courses at a special price of
£122.50 ($182) per year.
Mike Langston, director of BT Small & Medium Enterprises, said
the ultimate aim was to provide a complete package of business
“The facilities that we are developing will provide an integrated
one-stop package for SMEs which will help them at every stage of
their e-business development,” said Langston.
Other features on Business Solutions are links to the
advice, news and information site Bizwise.co.uk, together with business
travel services from travelstore.com. From the latter, users can
gain access to specially negotiated rates, normally made available
only to large companies.
Bank of Scotland and BT say they are planning additional facilities,
including an online Business Healthcheck service that
will let users assess the strengths and weaknesses of their business.
Another facility for the future will be an online accounting package
to help manage accounts and finances.