Trailblazers

What you can learn from businesses that thrived throughout the pandemic

The 10 per cent

More than a year on from the start of COVID-19, we find that 10 per cent of UK businesses have experienced an increase in turnover during the pandemic. 

But who are these businesses? What did they do differently? Our latest report - in conjunction with entrepreneurship charity Enterprise Trust and business support network Enterprise Nation - shows:

of businesses who performed well, said turnover increased by over 50%

said demand for existing products was behind increase in turnover

said movement towards a greener economy offers positive opportunities

Discover what’s possible for your business

What can you learn from these businesses? Learn the practical steps you can take to maximise your business potential with our series of learning videos and worksheets:

How we can help you become a Trailblazer

At Santander, we’re passionate about helping ambitious businesses fulfil their potential. 

Our range of services could give you the support you need as you seek to accelerate your business’s growth. 

From guidance and expertise to practical assistance such as finance for organic expansion, M&A activity or working capital, we can help turn your vision of the future into reality.

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Speak to one of our team today and find out how we can support your growth journey.

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About the Trailblazers

About the Trailblazers

This report, in association with Enterprise Nation and Enterprise Trust, is a result of a research project into the positive trends in UK business during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An initial literature review of relevant existing research and commentary was undertaken by the report’s author between March and May 2021. This review considered business-related data from a range of sources: academic journals, expert commentary, industry publications and media coverage. Findings were collated, data analysed, summarised and grouped by theme. This report is based primarily on this element.

Additionally, a survey of more than 500 British businesses whose turnover had not been negatively affected during the pandemic was commissioned to Opinium. This representative sample was surveyed between 7 and 14 May 2021 by Opinium.

Finally, the report highlights some key business case studies which offer illustrative examples of the report findings in action. These were based on  interviews taken place during May 2021.

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