A new Accenture-commissioned survey has revealed that over 60% small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) would use their banks if they receive Bitcoin services.
The report, titled “SME Banking 2020; Changing the Conversation”, is penned after surveying 1,000 UK-based SMEs to understand the growing business challenges they face due to inadequate banking services. And as it turns out, a larger portion of the participants has admitted wanting Bitcoin services to be included in their day-to-day banking convenience. Excerpt:
“There is clear appetite among SMEs for value-added services, with more than 60 percent confirming that they would use their bank if these services were offered, including bitcoin and peer-to-peer lending.”
The report, however, also found how banks are running risks of losing out by not meeting up to the growing demands of the SMEs that amazingly make up 99.9% of all the UK business sector. The traditional finance players, therefore, would likely be losing relevance, as well as revenues, if they fail to engage the said clientele in meeting their futuristic demands.
Gareth Wilson, Accenture UK’s Banking Practice Lead, believes that the banks have the opportunity to make £8.5 billion in potential annual revenues, only if they focus more on SMEs than the traditional financial services.
“If they don’t, he added, “they risk