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.

As SME banking grows in importance, this initiative helps the most innovative global institutions and bankers showcase their SME strategy and vision.


  • Submission phase 
has been launched in July and during this phase you can submit your institutions / leaders in Bank of the Year and Banker of the Year categories. The big question for many Awards initiatives is who gets to pick the candidates. We have decided to give this opportunity to anyone working at the financial institution. Employees can fill in the submission forms for both categories on behalf of the bank or banker they want to nominate. In the submission forms, we ask simple questions about the reasons and key achievements which will help us identify the right nominees.

  • Nomination phase 
will start from 1 August and lasts until 31 August. During this period, 10 nominees in each category will be selected by selection committee and will be introduced in the next phase.

  • Release phase 
will last from 1 September until 30 November. During this period, nominees will be presented to Efma community in a form of written bio and pre-recorded one-to-one podcast interview (Banker of the Year) or video pitch (Bank of the Year)

  • Voting phase 
will be taking place in January 2022 and results will be presented during the Virtual Awards Ceremony on 22 February 2022 at 2 pm CET | 8 am EST 

1st category

SME Banker of the Year

Do you think you have what it takes to be named SME Banker of the Year and replace Lori Darlington (RBC, Canada) on the throne for 2022? Or you know someone deserving at your institution? Then submit an application for you or a colleague for a chance to be recognized among SME Banking leaders from around the world.

Nominees to be announced weekly during the release phase.

2nd category

SME Bank of the Year

Is your bank doing incredible work to bring new and digital offerings to your SME customers? Are you prioritizing SMEs in your banking strategy? If the answer is yes, then you will have a great chance to win this coveted prize! Click below to nominate your institution in the SME Bank of the Year category!

Nominees to be announced weekly during the release phase.

2020 winners

SME Bank of the Year 2020
SME Bank of the Year 2020 2020-07-07 09:00:00
SME Banker of the Year 2020
SME Banker of the Year 2020 2020-07-16 09:00:00


Event replays and speaker presentations are reserved for Efma members and event attendees.

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Agenda of the online ceremony will be released in the beginning of 2022.
Any questions?
Miroslava Tokarova
Miroslava Tokarova Efma
Events Coordinator
Lukas Dzuroska
Lukas Dzuroska Efma
SME Banking Program Director