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Ana Botín, Santander UK's CEO, visits the University of Edinburgh

Ana Botin con el equipo de la oficina universitaria del campus escocés.

29th October 2012. The University of Edinburgh was one of the first partners of Santander Universities in the UK. The institution signed an agreement in with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, in 2007. Ana Botin, Santander UK’s CEO, has visited the university.

The day began with Botín addressing local and regional businesses to speak about Santander Breakthrough and the importance that SMEs have for Santander. Research has shown that there are very positive prospects for Scottish companies in the next five years and Santander wants to support these companies in accelerating their growth potential.

Ana Botin said that “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; we have already increased lending to businesses in Scotland by 32 per cent in the past year and we are providing £200 million in growth capital to help UK companies invest in their businesses and take their growth to the next level.”

As part of the day at the University, Ana 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.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sir Tim O’Shea said: “Our collaboration with Santander Universities is very important to us, not only for the opportunity an event like this provides for our students and local businesses 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.”

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. In total, Santander Universities has partnerships with eight Scottish Universities - Queen Margaret, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow Caledonian, Glasgow, Stirling, Strathclyde and St. Andrews.

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Ana Botin visit the University of Edimburgh

Ana Botín during the event Santander Breakthrough Live, at the University of Edimburgh.

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