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BELGIUM - UNITED STATES - MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE

RISE IN LENDING

When there is robust demand for credit by individuals and businesses, the Group is always there. In 2014, lending increased by 2.1% in Belgium (to individuals), by 6.3% in the United States, and by 12.1% in Mediterranean Europe, led by Turkey.

Photo : Turkey – The “She Card”, a credit card with benefits solely for women.

BELGIUM

SPOTLIGHT ON ENTREPRENEURSHIPS

IN 2014, BNP PARIBAS FORTIS FINANCED 18,000 NEW SMALL BUSINESSES OUT OF OVER 65,000 SMES. ITS SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS CREATION, ONE OF ITS PRIORITIES, IS REFLECTED IN ITS PREFERENTIAL RATES, ADVANTAGEOUS LOANS, CONSULTANCY, ETC.

GLOBAL TRADE

FINANCING CASH-FLOW REQUIREMENTS

Thanks to its financing solutions for receivables, suppliers and inventories, the Supply Chain Management team has given customers access to new sources of finance which enable them to manage their supply chain in an optimal way. This success is shown by the 25% growth in business in 2014.

Photo : World - Through its services, the Supply Chain Management team enable our customers to improve the management of their supply chains.

FRANCE - LUXEMBOURG - BELGIUM - TURKEY

INNOVATION ACCELERATOR

The Group is developing and diversifying its solutions to better support and encourage innovation. In France, as well as setting up three new innovation centres − bringing the national network to 15 −, the Group has made a commitment to start-up financing: the partnership forged with NUMA, a key innovation hub in Paris, will be followed by other projects with hubs in Paris and other French cities. In parallel, l’Atelier BNP Paribas, which tracks innovative uses of information and communication technologies, has designed the “Wave” exhibition to explore how collective ingenuity can build an innovative and sustainable society. In Luxembourg, the Lux Future Lab, supported by BGL BNP Paribas, expanded its offering with new training sessions in 2014 targeting young people, start-ups and professionals looking for a career change. Since 2012, the Lab has helped over 80 innovative start-ups and developed 17 businesses that have in turn created 170 jobs. Other countries are also strengthening their support to innovative entrepreneurs: in Belgium, three new innovation hubs will be added to the existing five, while in Turkey, TEB has launched an incubator to complete its small-business solutions, which include adapted products and loans, strategy consultancy and training.

Photo : Luxembourg – Every year BGL BNP Paribas delivers training to high-school students through a summer school hosted by Lux Future Lab.