About the initiative

Every successful community needs a benchmark. That's why, following many great initiatives in the SME space, we are excited to announce the second edition of our dedicated SME Banking Awards.

The SME Banking Awards are one of the key projects under the umbrella of Efma SME Banking Community - not a member yet? Follow this link and join the community now!

Awards Timeline

Submission phase

Institutions submitting their bank or leaders in both categories during the month of July

Nomination phase

Selection committee shortlisting the list of submissions, revealing the nominees

Release phase

Introducing this year's nominees via written nominee's profile and podcast or video pitch

Voting phase

Choosing top 3 in SME Banker and SME Bank of the Year 2021 categories in January 2022

SME Banker of the Year nominees

Meet this year's SME Banker of the Year nominees, the best and the brightest hand picked by our expert committee.

SME Bank of the Year nominees

Meet this year's SME Bank of the Year nominees, the best and the brightest hand picked by our expert committee.

Vote for your favorites

Meet this year's SME Banking Awards nominees. Learn more about what they do and why through a one-to-one podcast interview (SME Banker of the Year) and a short video pitch (SME Bank of the Year)

Vote for your favorites in both categories. Let us know who your TOP 3 are and help them on their way to victory!

Register for the SME Banking Awards virtual ceremony taking place on 22 February 2022 at 2pm CET and see who will get the titles. 

Choose your winners now!

Select your top 3 candidates in each category

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Awards Jury Committee

Don Ludlow
Don Ludlow Vice President Small Business, Business Financial Services Strategy & Partnerships
Emre Ergun
Emre Ergun Chief Customer Operations Officer
Esra Kivrak
Esra Kivrak Executive SME Senior Advisor
Helene Panzarino
Helene Panzarino Associate Director, Centre for Digital Banking and Finance
Ken Burke
Ken Burke Non Executive Director SME Banking Chairman & Expert Advisor
Lawrence Loh
Lawrence Loh Managing Director
Marcus O'Toole
Marcus O'Toole VP Head Small Business Segment Solutions Europe
Michael Lor
Michael Lor Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific
Nikoloz Kurdiani
Nikoloz Kurdiani Deputy CEO
Rajeev Chalisgaonkar
Rajeev Chalisgaonkar Managing Director, Global Head of Business Banking
Rohit Garg
Rohit Garg Executive Vice President and Head Business Banking
Sue Douthwaite
Sue Douthwaite Non-Executive Director, Former SME Director Virgin Money and MD Santander Business

Join the event!

Who will replace Lori Darlington (RBC, Canada) and Barclays UK on the throne for 2022? Discover the winners during the online ceremony on 22 February 2022.

Register here