Management & Strategy

City AM talks to Marcelino Castrillo about Breakthrough

Marcelino Castrillo

City AM interviews Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director of SME UK banking for Santander. Asked why Santander is refocusing its Breakthrough programme to include all ambitious SMEs, not just fast-growth businesses, he told the paper that not all ambitious businesses are necessarily fast-growth. 'Business ambition comes in many guises,' Marcelino explains, 'and we realised that the tools, resources and support that had been developed through the Breakthrough programme could help businesses achieve a variety of goals – whether it's finding the right talent, expanding networks or going international.' He explains that the new elements have been added to Breakthrough, including regional business festivals, and 'we're also bringing entrepreneurs together online via a LinkedIn community that's already encouraging some great debates and knowledge sharing'. Marcelino concluded: 'We believe there isn't much a business can't achieve by keeping one step ahead; being connected to talented and experienced people; understanding how best to take your business abroad; having the right financial support in place – and that, in a nutshell, is what Breakthrough delivers.'

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