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BQ Live Debate

Food and Drink, BQ Live Debate - Santander UK

Following a successful 2015 for Scotland's food and drink sector, the Business Quarter Live Debate has tackled the subject of how to build on its legacy in 2016. Key players involved in the sector discussed the issue, including Kevin Boyd, Managing Director of Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking in Scotland. Boyd said Santander is a good match for a sector which exported a record £5bn worth of goods last year because of the bank's own footprint overseas. Graham Silcock, Regional Director at of Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking, added to the debate, discussing the benefits of regulation on improving Scotland's national diet, but also its potential impact on the ability to sell goods abroad, particularly in countries like China. Silcock also drew attention to Santander's Trade Portal, which aims to help clients prosper overseas. He has recently discussed this with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Referring to the living wage, Boyd said it was a major consideration for Santander, and the bank will be looking into the implications of its introduction and how it will impact on businesses' ability to repay debt.

 

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