Business owners in the Thames Valley region have a unique opportunity to better understand how to grow their business as the Santander Corporate & Commercial Breakthrough Moments Box comes to Reading.
The five-day festival, which started on 16th March, consists of free-to-attend masterclasses and focused events aimed at ambitious business owners and local entrepreneurs. The Box is a versatile space for people to meet and share ideas and expertise with a range of stakeholders. Seminars will cover subjects such as Winning at Customer Development, Unlocking Growth Potential, Exploring Germany, The Future of Payments, and a Focus on Manufacturing.
A number of local businesses and SME owners will also share their own success stories, including Jane Comyn and Ruthie Watson, founders of luxury bath and body range Branche d’Olive; Stuart Abbott, CEO of cycling brand Dassi; and Mike Jessop, co-founder of dairy free chocolate makers Moo Free.
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.
Mike Reeves, Divisional Managing Director – Thames Valley & South West Division, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “I’m delighted that we can bring this event to the centre of Reading and the centre of the Thames Valley. The region is renowned for its entrepreneurial activities and the development of fast growth and ambitious businesses. It also has a reputation for international trade and with sessions in the Breakthrough Moments Box about two of the UK’s main trade partners – Germany and the US – I am sure that we will be able to help other ambitious businesses expand outside the UK borders.
“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 60% over the past two years in the Thames Valley region. It is also seeing strong demand for its Growth Capital service suite – while the bank has supported six businesses in the region with £7 million in Growth Capital, helping to create over 240 jobs, it currently has a number of deals in its pipeline for 2015 and expects to provide total Growth Capital funding of £17.25 million for the year.
Reading is the second venue for the Breakthrough Moments Box programme, which is touring key towns and cities in the UK throughout 2015. It will be located at Forbury Square, Reading RG1 3EU across March 16th to the 20th. 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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