Business owners across South Yorkshire and the Humber have the opportunity to better understand how to grow their business as the SCCB Breakthrough Moments Box comes to Sheffield.
The Breakthrough Moments Box, which is located near Sheffield Cathedral on Church Street, is a versatile space for people to meet and share ideas and expertise with a range of stakeholders, including Microsoft, The Cutlers’ Company, UKTI, Sheffield County Council, and Creative Sheffield. On Wednesday 24 June, for example, Daniel Langton from Microsoft delivered an interactive session aimed at business owners/ managing directors who believe that technology should be used strategically to drive a business forward and help achieve their aspirations.
A session on Thursday 25 June will see Sue Douthwaite, Retail Divisional Managing Director for Santander, give further insights into Santander’s support for women in SMEs. Joining Sue will be Julie Kenny, Chairwoman and Chief Executive of award-winning Pyronix in Rotherham. Julie qualified as a litigation lawyer before giving it all up in 1986 to work full-time for Pyronix after she had built-up the business in her spare time by using equity from the sale of her home. In 2013 she was named Businesswoman of the Year. A full breakdown of the events and further information can be found at http://www.santandercb.co.uk/content/sheffield-breakthrough-box-live-event.
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.
Jonathan Thompson, Regional Director – South Yorkshire and the Humber, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “I’m pleased that we can bring this great event to the centre of Sheffield and therefore to the South Yorkshire region as a whole. We believe business owners and local entrepreneurs will find real value in coming along and listening to best-practice ideas about how to grow their 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 Yorkshire’s SMEs achieve their own growth ambitions.”
Santander Corporate & Commercial has seen growth in customer lending of 33% over the past three years across the South Yorkshire and the Humber region. Sheffield is the tenth venue for the Breakthrough Moments Box programme, which is touring key towns and cities in the UK throughout 2015. It will be located at Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA across 22 to 26 June. To register for events, interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 31 December 2014, 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 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 1.43 trillion in managed funds, 12,950 branches – more than any other international bank – and 185,400 employees at the close of 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 2014 Santander made an attributable profit of EUR 5,816 million, 39% more than the previous year.
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