UBI Banca, one of the country’s leading commercial banks, and Italiaonline, Italy’s largest internet company, which includes well-known brands such as Libero, Virgilio, Pagine Gialle and Pagine Bianche, are allying to support businesses in meeting the ever-changing challenges posed by digitalisation.

UBI Banca and online services for businesses
To support SMEs in the digital environment, UBI Banca offers a range of diversified services. These include ad hoc financing designed to facilitate digitisation processes and to contribute to staff training. An example is PrestiShop, an innovative loan, repayable in full on maturity or little by little, including through POS receipts.
In the insurance field, UBI Banca offers the Blue-enterprise Multirisk Policy, which provides Full Digital assistance in the event of problems with printers, computers, smartphones and tablets.
Here UBI Affari and Digital Banking Imprese solutions are designed to manage in total autonomy, remotely and without time limits, operations such as: requests for advance invoices, SEPA and Ri.Ba transfers, purchase and sale of securities on the financial markets, reports open at all Italian banks participating in Interbank Corporate Banking.
Moreover, thanks to the Virtual POS, companies are offered the possibility of collecting securely via the web, avoiding payments on delivery.

The Italiaonline services
In the context of the partnership, Italiaonline, leader in digital marketing solutions for SMEs, offers a series of services to be found on the web (iOL Connect), present themselves at their best with professional websites (iOL Website), receive traffic and contacts with digital advertising campaigns (iOL Audience) and implement, at the request of the customer, communication and digital marketing projects tailored.
For UBI Banca customers, Italiaonline also offers 14 hours of free online courses on digital marketing by IAB Italia, by signing a contract.

“UBI Banca’s commitment to supporting small and medium-sized businesses is reflected in the fact that it is enabling the realities of our territories to take up the challenges and opportunities offered by digital”, says Natascia Noveri, Head of Marketing at UBI Banca. “This partnership allows us to combine the typical products offered by the Bank with a series of Italiaonline solutions to accompany both companies that have yet to seize the first opportunities typical of digitisation and those that, having already taken their first steps, want to consolidate their presence and their offer in the digital ecosystem, relying on new channels both for the promotion of their products and services and for direct sales to new customers, potentially all over the world”.

As the leading group in the Italian digital sector, we believe that our primary task is to support national companies in their digitisation process, an essential step towards remaining on the market today and taking full advantage of its possibilities,” says Michelangelo Tursi, Sales Effectiveness Director of Italiaonline. “For years now, we have been building and promoting the online presence of thousands of companies and giving SMEs the opportunity to access products and services previously reserved only for large companies. Thanks to the support of a partner like UBI Banca, these opportunities are now even closer and easier to grasp so that the digitization of small and medium-sized Italian companies can quickly become a concrete reality.

(n.b. This is a translation of the Italian press release)