Charles Garfit on how Santander supports manufacturing

Charles Garfit took up the post of head of manufacturing for the UK in January 2014 – a new role specially created by Santander to support its commitment to lend an additional £500m to UK manufacturing businesses over the next three years. In an interview, he tells The Manufacturer: 'After the recession hit, SMEs battened down the hatches, rode out the challenging conditions and effectively lost the appetite to increase leverage. Today, I think the tide is changing and businesses are feeling a little more optimistic.' Garfit highlights Santander's SME Summit in Birmingham – 'a superb opportunity for businesses to share their experiences' – and says the bank is delighted to be sponsoring the Future Factories Series. He also explains how Santander is creating teams that specialise specifically in manufacturing, ensuring businesses have access to expert resources in their local area.


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