Management & Strategy

Carlos Portela explains the Breakthrough Moments Box

Carlos Portela, Managing Director London and South East at Santander Corporate Banking, explains in City AM that Santander's Breakthrough Moments Box is a dynamic space created to bring businesses together. Ambitious, growing companies can showcase their breakthrough moments to other entrepreneurs and mid-sized companies, so that they can take this intelligence and advice and use it within their own companies. The Box will be touring the UK next year, so it really is about bringing this intelligence hub right to where businesses are operating, he says. Portela is also asked: ‘What else do you offer SMEs?’ He explains: ‘In addition to the Box, we have a Trade Portal, which gives businesses the opportunity to identify and open up international markets with the most potential for their product or service. Our Trade Club is a further digital networking opportunity, where they can start talking to the businesses we work with in those markets, exploring opportunities in a bit more detail. Then there's the Passport. Customers with a Santander Passport who bank with us in the UK receive the same level of treatment in international markets – their track record in the UK will be recognised there. We also run Trade Missions, where delegations of businesses spend a week in a market where they have a potential interest’ Portela concludes by saying: ‘We have committed to help 5,000 more businesses enter new overseas markets next year. We want to help them understand what we as a bank can offer their business – and we're proud that it goes significantly beyond current accounts and funding’

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