Mumbai, January 20: In a bid to create awareness about benefits of listing among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Maharashtra, leading stock exchange BSE has now joined hands with the state government. The BSE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Maharashtra on Tuesday, the exchange said in a statement. Under the pact, the BSE will provide intellectual and manpower support to create awareness about the benefits of listing among SMEs and will enable capacity building to such enterprises to fulfil listing requirements. Moreover, the BSE will provide training and capacity building support to District Industries Centre officials.

Here’s How the SMEs in Maharashtra Would Benefit:

  1. Under the MoU, the Maharashtra government will help in mobilizing the SME representatives and state and regional associations to encourage their SME members to attend capacity building programmes.
  2. In addition, the government will also reach out to industrial associations in the state for conducting joint seminars with BSE to create awareness among SMEs about benefits of listing.
  3. This MoU will help the micro, small and medium industries in the state to get registered in the capital market and raise capital from the public capital market.
  4. Subhash Desai, Minister for Industries & Mining in Maharashtra government said that BSE will also provide technical support to all the MSME industries in Maharashtra.
  5. The pact will further encourage more and more SMEs to list and raise equity capital on the exchange.

Ajay Thakur, Head-BSE SME and Startups said, "Through this collaborative effort, we will be able to reach out to various SME representatives and industry associations of the state and create greater awareness about the benefits of listings among SMEs of the state.

BSE had launched its SME platform in March, 2012. Till now,  331 companies got listed on the platform by raising Rs 3,381 crore and the market capitalization of these companies collectively stood at a little over Rs 21,566 crore. Out of 331 companies, 95 have migrated to main board.