Business owners in the South West have a unique opportunity to better understand how to grow their business as the Santander Corporate & Commercial Breakthrough Moments Box comes to Bristol. The five-day festival, which starts on 20th April, consists of free-to-attend masterclasses and focused events aimed at ambitious business owners and local entrepreneurs.
Seminars will cover subjects such as, ‘Focus on Manufacturing’, ‘Driving Growth in your Business’, ‘Spotlight on Employee Engagement’ and ‘The Future of Payments’. A full breakdown of the event and further information can be found at /content/bristol-breakthrough-box-live-event.
The Box is a versatile space for people to meet and share ideas and expertise with a range of stakeholders, , and a number of local businesses will be on hand to share their own success stories, including Weird Fish Clothing, Friska Food and Viper Subsea Technology. The event will also showcase Santander’s Growth Capital lending programme, aimed specifically at helping business owners and entrepreneurs to fast-track growth, and the bank’s recently launched Breakthrough product suite – a key part of its plan to double its current SME market share to 10% by the end of 2016.
In recognition of Bristol’s 2015 Green Capital Status, Santander will be hosting a Community Green event which will provide local businesses with the opportunity to explore what can be done to further develop the city’s green credentials. The event will be hosted by Green Bristol and Rob Webdon from GRNbikewear who will both share their strategy and ethos.
With exports and international trade a major focus for businesses in the UK, the Box will contain Santander Corporate & Commercial’s International Trade desk. Visitors will be able to use and 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 Box will also showcase Santander’s Growth Capital lending programme, aimed specifically at helping business owners and entrepreneurs to fast-track growth.
David Shalliday, Regional Director Bristol, Avon and Gloucester, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “I’m pleased that we can bring this event to the centre of Bristol and the centre of the South West. The region is known for its entrepreneurial activities and the development of fast growth and ambitious businesses. Santander is committed to helping UK businesses prosper. As a scale challenger, we believe that we are bringing a unique approach to help British businesses – and the Breakthrough Moments Box is a tangible part of our ambition to help UK businesses achieve their own growth ambitions.”
Santander Corporate & Commercial has seen growth in customer lending of 42% over the past two years in the region. It is also seeing strong demand for its Growth Capital service suite – the bank has supported 13 businesses in the region with £13.1 million in Growth Capital, helping to create over 780 jobs and it currently has a number of deals in its pipeline for 2015.
Bristol is the fourth venue for the Breakthrough Moments Box programme, which is touring key towns and cities in the UK throughout 2015. It will be located on The Square, Bristol, BS1 6DG from April 20th to the 24th. To register for the events, interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Santander Corporate & Commercial provides dedicated relationship banking support to businesses with a turnover of more than £250,000. It is part of Santander UK, a leading financial services provider in the UK which offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 31 December 2014, Santander UK serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees, 921 branches and 66 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 retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a presence in 10 main markets. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.34 trillion in managed funds, 107 million customers, 13,225 branches – more than any other international bank – and 183,648 employees at the close of June 2014. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. It also has significant positions in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the northeast United States. In the first half of 2014, Santander registered EUR 2.756 billion in attributable profit, an increase of 22% from the same period of the previous year.
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