April 17, 2024

Meet Lula: an all-in-one cash flow management platform for SMEs

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South Africa’s leading SME-focused fintech company Lulalend has evolved into Lula: a one-stop, cash flow management and business banking solution.

This rebranding marks a critical evolution from a funding provider to an all-in-one cash flow management platform designed to simplify financial management for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Says Trevor Gosling, Lula’s co-founder and CEO, “Guided by our core belief that SMEs are the lifeblood of the South African economy, Lula aims to broaden our service offering to solve even more of the most common financial challenges small businesses face. To this end, we’re launching a business banking account tailor-made for SMEs, complete with advanced financial management capabilities such as an artificial intelligence–driven cash flow analysis tool to enable better decision-making.

“A pivotal part of our transformation is our partnership with Access Bank. This strategic collaboration allows us to offer a truly unique business banking experience by combining the speed and innovation of cutting-edge fintech with the credibility and compliance know-how of a fully SARB (South African Reserve Bank) licensed bank.

“Even prior to our evolution into Lula, our dedication to propelling the growth of South Africa’s SMEs had delivered high-impact real-world results,” he adds. “Our flexible financial solutions provided vital assistance to many businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring their survival and, as a result, protecting jobs. The fast access to funding that we offer is also used by many SMEs to overcome the operational challenges caused by loadshedding.”

Lula’s product offerings, tailor-made for SMEs, include fast and easy access to business funding and a free business banking account with a built-in cash flow analysis tool. By solving the most common cash flow challenges faced by business owners, Lula’s objective is to empower every SME in South Africa to succeed.

Gosling notes, “In a quest to enable SMEs to take advantage of immediate business opportunities, Lula offers access to capital within 24 hours, with no collateral required and flexible repayment terms. With Lulaflow, an AI-driven cash flow management tool, businesses get real-time insights on income, expenditure and cash flow forecasts – helping them make better financial decisions.”

Lula’s rebranding is not just a change in name but a recommitment to empowering SMEs. With its unique digital solutions that simplify cash flow management, Lula allows business owners to spend more time on what is truly important: growing their businesses.

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