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Santander Celebrates local business sucess at University of Nottingham

  • Successful business leader Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles shares his expertise with business owners
  • Santander CEO Ana Botín addresses University students on the important role of entrepreneurs in local economic recovery
  • Local case study: Trans Continental Marketing

26 April 2012. UK. Santander today celebrated local small businesses and entrepreneurs at the University of Nottingham at a networking conference and one-off university lecture.

More than 100 small companies from across the East Midlands learned how they can benefit from Santander’s Breakthrough programme, an initiative which aims to help the best and fastest growing small businesses fulfil their growth ambitions, and in turn create jobs and drive economic growth.

At the ‘Breakthrough Live’ conference, business owners heard experienced business leaders – Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles, and Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct – share their knowledge and expertise on some of the opportunities and issues currently facing British businesses.

Breakthrough Live is part of Santander’s wider Breakthrough programme, which is providing up to £200 million of growth capital loans to fast-growth companies looking to invest in and grow their business. In addition to finance, Breakthrough also offers businesses access to a range of support and development programmes, not typically available to small companies, including international trade missions and master classes to learn first-hand from experienced fast-growth companies such as Google and LOVEFiLM. 

As part of the day, Santander UK’s chief executive Ana Botín also gave a lecture to Masters students on the importance of enterprise to the UK economy and the vital role universities play in educating students into entrepreneurship and helping them to develop new ideas that will eventually become successful businesses.

Ana Botín, Chief Executive at Santander UK, said: “Santander is committed to supporting businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. Through Breakthrough we are providing both growth capital and development support to help fast growth small businesses unlock their potential.

“It is not just existing businesses where banks can lend support; we need to play a role in nurturing the businesses of the future. Through our Universities division, we are working with universities such as the University of Nottingham to promote and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“Collaboration is key to business success and the partnerships between private institutions and between the private sector and universities will lay the foundations for transforming the entrepreneurial ideas of today into the successful and wealth generating businesses of tomorrow.”

Since 2008 the Bank, through its Santander Universities Global Division, has been collaborating with the University of Nottingham. This agreement provides funding amounting to a total of £90,000 for scholarships, travel grants, and support to entrepreneurs and volunteers.  In addition, as a result of this collaboration, the University of Nottingham benefits from other activities such as lectures, like the one held today, and the increase in its contacts with Latin-American universities.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Greenaway said: “Our collaboration with Santander is important to the University, not only for the opportunities an event like this brings for our students and small businesses from the local community to hear directly about progress, but also on a more inspirational level.  By stimulating discussion with future leaders and entrepreneurs, we can support and contribute to UK global business development.”

Case Study: Trans Continental Marketing Ltd
Based in Coalville, Leicester, Trans Continental Marketing is a family run business which was started 18 years ago. The company specialises in supplying bin liners, aluminium foil, food and freezer bags to large retailers across the UK. Previously the company imported products from India, but it has recently set up a manufacturing plant in the UK to manage customer demand.

Managing Director Yusuf spent the day with Google as part of the Breakthrough programme to learn first-hand from Google how it got to where it is today.

Yusuf Ali, Managing Director, Trans Continental Marketing, said: “Santander’s Breakthrough programme is a great initiative that provides small businesses not only with funding, but equips them with the relevant tools and support to face tough economic conditions.”

About Us

The Breakthrough programme is aimed at businesses with a turnover of between £500,000 and £10 million per annum with demonstrated growth of 20% or more in turnover, profit or employment. Breakthrough aims to help these businesses fulfil their growth potential to create jobs and stimulate supply-chain demand and a private sector led recovery via a programme of both capital and support. Breakthrough is part of Santander’s Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking division.

Santander Universities
Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with nearly 1,010 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with fifty-seven British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

Santander Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking was established after the restructuring of Santander Business Banking and Santander Corporate Banking in March 2011, following the appointment of Steve Pateman to the Executive Board. Santander Business Banking supports customers with a turnover of up to £250,000, through a team of Local Business Managers, UK-based call centres and online banking. Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking provides dedicated relationship banking support to businesses with a turnover of more than £250,000 through the bank’s 24 regional corporate banking centres located across the UK.

Santander UK plc is autonomous from its parent in terms of capital and liquidity, raising its own funds to run its business. Sovereign exposures to Europe (excluding UK) as at September 2011 are not significant at less than 1% of total assets and primarily relate to Swiss government. Total exposure to periphery countries is c. 0.5% of total assets.

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 and is among the fifteen in the world by market capitalization. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.383 trillion in managed funds, more than 102 million customers, 14,760 branches – more than any other international bank – and 193,000 employees at the close of 2011. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. Furthermore, it has significant positions in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the U.S. northeast. Santander Consumer Finance operates in the Group’s core markets as well as in the Nordic region. In 2011, Grupo Santander registered EUR 7,021 million in recurring net profit.

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Santander and The University of Nottingham

Ana Botín, during her visit to the University of Nottingham, with Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles.

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