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Bank chief: 'Plymouth is a city on the up'

Bank chief: 'Plymouth is a city on the up'

Santander Corporate & Commercial's Breakthrough Red Box week-long business event has recently been staged at Plymouth's Guildhall Square, attracting more than 400 local SMEs.

Mike Reeves, divisional managing director for Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking, was very positive about the region's potential, citing Plymouth Science Park and the university as particular centres of energy.

He is based in Reading but is responsible for the South West and regularly visits Plymouth, Exeter and Truro.

A variety of sectors were represented by the SMEs in attendance at the event which staged 15 different events, including information sessions about marketing strategy, overseas trade, cyber-crime and access to funding.

As well as the masterclasses, Red Box featured leading businesses that Santander is supporting, including high-class jeweller Michael Spiers, Warrens Bakery and clothing firm Seasalt.

There were also presentations from SMEs including RGB Building Supplies and Paul Bushell AKA Sir Fix-a-lock. Red Box is touring the UK, and arrived at Plymouth following a stint in Birmingham, and will next move on to Liverpool before travelling to London.

Reeves stressed Santander's determination to move beyond simply providing financial support, and towards ensuring businesses have a platform to learn from one another.

The Santander's Breakthrough Red Box will be in Liverpool from June 20-24. Register your interest now to participate to the event.

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