Unlocking Growth for Irish SMEs: SBCI and Bibby Financial Services Partnership

Updated: 13 November 2023

Welcome to the Bibby Business Insights podcast, dedicated to entrepreneurs and business owners. In this series, we provide valuable insights and expert advice on navigating the current economic environment for Irish SMEs. From long-term finance funding to cash flow management, exporting opportunities, and business performance metrics, we cover it all.


In this episode, we delve into the long-standing partnership between the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and Bibby Financial Services.

Featuring Sean Farrell, Head of Products and Marketing at the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, and Mark O'Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services, we discuss:

  • Why the state-backed agency was established and their mission to ensure Irish businesses can access funding to help them grow and innovate.
  •  The evolving perception of alternative financing options, including invoice finance, and how SMEs are becoming more aware of their financial choices available to them.
  • The emerging ‘investment gap’ at SME level in Ireland – what is it and how do we compare to our EU counterparts.
  • Bibby Financial Services’ €70 million revolving funding facility available to Irish SMEs through the SBCI. This involves discounted invoice finance services which can be used for working capital, investment, and overcoming challenges such as inflation and staffing.
  • The very straightforward qualification process for SBCI funding and how partnerships like the one with Bibby make it accessible.
  • How the SBCI and Bibby Financial Services collaboration is fuelling Irish SMEs' growth and innovation

Dive into the full podcast episode for valuable insights or contact us to explore your financing options today. Your success story starts here, and we're here to help you improve your cash flow, bridge the investment gap and grow your business, just as we our clients every day.