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SME rating agency to open four more offices in North

Press Trust Of India  |  New Delhi/ Ludhiana 

In a bid to cater to the growing needs of the (SME) segment in northern region, the has announced plans to set up four offices in Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will soon open our four offices in Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Jammu & Kashmir to catering to the growing SME segments in these areas," said Sumeet Mehta, the rating agency's regional manager (North).
The agency would cater to existing industry clusters in Punjab and new industrial units being set up in hilly areas through its new offices, he said.
The rating agency has so far done rating of 40 SMEs and received 225 proposals in this regard from northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.
"With the growing awareness among SME segment in respect of rating, we feel that by the year 2008, we would be able to complete rating of 800 SMEs in northern region alone," said Mehta.
At the national level, the agency has carried out 475 ratings of small and medium enterprises, while it has received 950 proposals.
The rating agency is a joint initiative of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Dun & Bradstreet Information Services, Credit Information Bureau and several leading banks of the country.
Pointing out the benefits for companies by getting rated, Mehta said a good rating ensures lower collateral requirements, low interest rate from banks and simplified lending norms for small units.

First Published: Wed, March 28 2007. 00:00 IST