SME Business Solutions (SMEBS) is a membership programme from Metropol that enables Lenders and trade credit suppliers to increase the flow of credit to Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs). It creates an exchange mechanism of information that allows the establishment of profitable relationships between credit providers and SME businesses.



A well-established solution for businesses to assess the risk of doing business with a 3rd party by either buying an existing report, or commissioning a new report, on the prospective business partner.  The BIR solution rates the target business using a market-proven methodology that incorporates qualitative and quantitative factors regarding the business and its owner managers.


The SME Rating is an independent assessment of the overall condition of an SME using both quantitative and qualitative data conducted by Metropol. The essence of the rating is to measure the financial strength of the SME and the probability of default on a financial obligation. The following guidelines provide a general overview of the qualitative and quantitative factors that Metropol considers when a analyzing an SME:

  1. Psychometric Evaluation of the owner manager
  2. Form of business organization
  3. Marketing strategy and market position
  4. Type of industry and the firm’s position in the industry.
  5. Business management
  6. Access to funding
  7. Payment performance
  8. Financial performance


The Credit Report is a detailed account of a customer’s borrowing with all current credit providers and their performance. The Credit Report lists all the credit accounts (both past and present) and the repayment history of each account.

The Credit Report is used by ALL lenders to determine whether to approve credit facilities. As such it is important to check your credit report at least once every 6 months if you are not actively borrowing. You are advised to check your credit report every month if you are actively borrowing.