• Santander Corporate & Commercial is bringing its Breakthrough Moments Box to London for the week commencing 21 September
• The five-day event near City Hall will include a variety of free-to-attend events and networking initiatives aimed at helping SMEs and business owners achieve fast, sustainable growth
• The event includes Santander’s London SME Summit on Tuesday, 22 September in City Hall itself, which focuses on the ‘Five Steps to Success for SMEs’
Santander Corporate & Commercial is showcasing its support for SME owners, entrepreneurs and businesses in Greater London by bringing its Breakthrough Moments Box to the capital for the week commencing 21 September. The five-day event will include Santander’s London SME Summit on Tuesday, 22 September, which will focus specifically on the ‘Five Steps to Success for SMEs’.
A versatile space for business owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to meet and to share ideas and expertise, the Box has been on a tour of the UK throughout 2015 hosting a variety of free-to-attend events aimed at helping business owners achieve fast, sustainable growth. Along with a large number of presentations and panel discussions, the event allows local businesses a platform to demonstrate their products and share their own success stories with a range of local and national stakeholders.
As part of Santander’s commitment to fast growth businesses, the bank will be hosting a summit on Tuesday 22 September at City Hall. This will look to discuss and highlight the key areas essential for companies to grow, such as international trade and exporting; hiring skilled staff; and finance. Individuals taking part in the Summit include Piers Linney, Co-CEO of Outsourcey; Edwina Dunn, CEO of Starcount; Lord Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer Partnership; and Julien Callede, Co-Founder of Made.com.
Visitors to the Breakthrough Moments Box will be able to learn more about Santander Corporate & Commercial’s comprehensive product and service suite for SMEs. Participants will, for instance, be able to experience the Santander Trade Portal, a unique online tool that allows businesses to discover and better understand which global markets provide the biggest opportunity for their business – and how to enter those markets.
The Breakthrough Box and Summit in London will also be complemented by other initiatives and events. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) will have three marquees in operation throughout the week – one for Health & Wellbeing, one for Research and a fundraising shop – while the team behind the new Santander Cycles bike scheme in London will be running competitions and offering related prizes. BHF will use static Santander Cycles to run fee 10-minute heart rate monitor tests as part of the charity’s ‘ten minutes to change your life’ campaign.
Recent research by Santander Corporate & Commercial1 found that more than a quarter (29%) of London-based SMEs are focused on growing their business internationally – the highest figure for any UK region. They also top the list when compared to SMEs in other regions for prioritising organic growth (as cited by 62% of London-based respondents); retaining existing staff (38%); hiring new staff (23%); and investing in research & development (27%).
Carlos Portela, Divisional Managing Director – London and South East, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “International expansion and trade is at the top of the agenda for Santander, and a key component in the plan of businesses looking to grow and vital to the health of the UK economy. Through the Red Box Santander brings valuable insight to businesses across town and cities in the UK”
Santander Corporate & Commercial has seen growth in customer lending of 8% over the past three years across Greater London. More information can be found at www.santandercb.co.uk/BTMapplication
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Notes to editors
1 Research conducted by YouGov among 1018 companies in the UK with a headcount of up to 249 employees in July 2015.
Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 900 branches and 68 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.
Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top 12 banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.51 trillion in managed funds, 12,910 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2015. In the first half of 2015, Santander made ordinary attributable profit of EUR 3,426 million, a 24% increase.
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