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Business festival hits Exeter

Santander Corporate & Commercial is holding a five-day Breakthrough Moments Box business festival in Southernhay, Exeter, offering free masterclasses and events aimed at ambitious business owners and local entrepreneurs. Attendees will benefit from advice given by the likes of PwC, Devon and Cornwall Business Council, Exeter University, Michelmores Solicitors, the WESC Foundation, the Lazy Toad, SWIG Finance and UKTI. Themes under discussion include the benefits of exporting and international trade; innovation via big data; best-practice online sales; and the role of corporate social responsibility. David Bird, Exeter-based regional director for Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: Outside the box: Santander Breakthrough Moments Box business festival in Southernhay, Exeter 'SMEs in the South West continue to play a key role in the wider UK economy and these figures show this role is becoming ever more significant. 'It is great to see the continued development and growth of businesses across a broad range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to farming. We believe the South West has the potential to support even stronger growth in its business base.' The Breakthrough Moments Box initiative was held as the bank revealed analysis showing the number of small businesses in the South West increased by around 6,300 in the 12 months to the end of 2014, up to 206,805.

 

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