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Ana Botín, Chief Executive of Santander UK, in Cardiff University

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22nd october 2012. Ana Botin, Chief Executive of Santander UK, has resumed, after the summer break, a series of visits to UK universities where she will be delivering lectures to students and staff about the crucial role SMEs play in the country’s economy. Over the coming weeks Ana Botin will visit several universities where, in addition to the lecture, she will speak to regional businesses about the support Santander can provide to increase their growth potential.

The day began with a Santander Breakthrough Live event. Santander’s Breakthrough programme provides support to help more companies reach this level of growth to help boost job creation and economic growth.

Ana Botin said: “Equipping small businesses with the vital skills necessary to help them make the most of the growth opportunities available is a fundamental part of Santander’s Breakthrough programme. We are committed to supporting businesses as they grow, which is why we are providing £200 million in growth capital to help companies invest in their businesses to take their growth to the next level.”

She then went on to meet the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Colin Riordan, and delivered 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.

Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “Our collaboration with Santander Universities is very important to Cardiff 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.”

Cardiff University has strong ties with Santander since the signing of the agreement in 2007 through the Santander Universities Global Division. The University was the first Welsh institution to join the scheme.

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 over 1,020 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. Further information: www.santander.com/universities

This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. ‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with over sixty 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.

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Ana Botín, inicia su gira de visita a universidades inglesas en la Universidad de Cardiff

Ana Botín, junto al rector de la Universidad de la Universidad de Cardiff, y el equipo de la oficina universitaria del campus.

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