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May 02, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 2, 2018 – A new study from financial services technology leader FIS™ (NYSE: FIS) has identified key gaps in the performance of larger U.S. and U.K. banks in serving the needs of their critical small and midsized business (SMB) client base.
The FIS study found that while SMBs in both countries are generally satisfied with their banking providers, many of those businesses are considering switching banks – particularly customers of larger financial institutions – to take advantage of other available services or more competitive fees. This comes at a time when SMBs are dramatically increasing their use of digital banking and payment tools to handle a variety of financial transactions and activities.
The findings are part of the 2018 FIS Performance Against Customer Expectations (PACE) report, which surveyed consumers and SMB decision makers on how well their banking providers are meeting their needs.
“Our research shows that larger banks are missing key opportunities to meet the growing digital needs of their important SMB customers,” said Bruce Lowthers, chief operating officer, Integrated Financial Solutions, FIS. “These findings are particularly concerning at a time when SMBs look to their banking partners to help them capitalize on favorable economic conditions to drive growth. Banks of all sizes have an opportunity to leverage their trusted status to provide these very important clients with the modern offerings they need to grow.”
The study found that more than 80% of surveyed SMB customers in the U.S., and 70% of SMB customers in the U.K., are satisfied with their primary banking providers. However:
The SMB decision makers surveyed by FIS say they are increasingly adopting advanced tools from their banking providers to perform a growing number of financial transactions and activities:
“There’s both good news and bad news for banks in this new FIS study,” said Christine Barry, research director at Aite Group. “The good news is that SMBs generally value their relationships with their primary banks and trust them more than alternative providers of banking and payment services. The bad news is that, at a time when their use and acceptance of digital transactions is growing, many SMBs are not happy with the tools they’re getting from their banking providers. Banks need to move quickly to address these needs.”
The PACE Study’s research method was comprised of surveys of decision makers at 574 small and medium-sized businesses across the United States and the United Kingdom. Businesses surveyed had $500 million (or the GBP equivalent) or less in revenue. They varied in size from startups to established businesses, and crossed industries. Surveys were conducted online, and asked respondents to rank their bank on nine key performance indicators.
To read the full report, visit www.fisglobal.com/pace.
FIS is a global leader in financial services technology, with a focus on retail and institutional banking, payments, asset and wealth management, risk and compliance, and outsourcing solutions. Through the depth and breadth of our solutions portfolio, global capabilities and domain expertise, FIS serves more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 53,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing, financial software and banking solutions. Providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that empowers the financial world, FIS is a Fortune 500 company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. For more information about FIS, visit www.fisglobal.com.
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