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Following a successful pilot last year, Santander is launching a mortgage video service in sixty-three branches across the UK. The new service enables customers to apply for a mortgage using a video link from the branch, which connects them remotely to a UK based Mortgage Adviser.
Fourteen per cent of Brits have ‘borrowed’ Wi-Fi because they cannot afford their own
More than half (52 per cent) are concerned about data security but continue to use unsecured networks
One in four have carried out financial transactions on their mobile phone using unsecured networks
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO, made his first official visit to the University of Northampton yesterday to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, and to sign a three-year renewal agreement for further financial support.
The Feed, a Norwich-based social enterprise, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund to help homeless and vulnerable people learn new skills and gain access to paid employment.
Redwing, a Penzance-based community hub and café that helps vulnerable, local artists to promote and display their work, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Curiosity Café, a Northumberland-based community programme which offers activities and support to those living with dementia, has received £500 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Change Please, a central London-based community programme which provides training for homeless people to become employable baristas, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Adventure with Horses, a Holne-based community programme which helps vulnerable, young people to build confidence and develop new skills through equine care and management, has received £3,750 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Santander has announced that from 19 April it will assess eligible Buy to Let (BTL) remortgage applications, where no increase in borrowing is taking place. A minimum of 125 per cent rental cover at a 5 per cent affordability rate will be used.
Mummyshock, a Brighton-based social enterprise that supports new mothers by teaching them parenting skills and helping to build their confidence, has received £1,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Kinlochlovin, a Kinlochleven-based social enterprise that encourages young people to participate in local enterprise activities to promote social inclusion and skills, has received £1,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Goldfinger Factory, a Notting Hill-based social enterprise which recycles and upcycles old material to create bespoke furniture, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund to help improve the employability of local youngsters.
Co-LAB, a Bristol-based social enterprise that provides a platform for local artists to show and sell their work, has received £2,500 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.
Over 25 local business leaders, entrepreneurs and local business owners attended a networking evening in Walthamstow, London E17.
The Breakthrough in Branch event encouraged businesses to learn about ‘Business Planning’ and how to connect and work together to support each other and the local economy.
York-based Inclusion Housing Community Interest Company (“Inclusion”), a fast-growing social enterprise business, has received £455,000 funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to purchase new headquarters.
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO made his first official visit to the University of Leeds yesterday to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, and to sign a new three-year renewal agreement with further financial support for the leading UK academic institution.
Santander’s new branch at Brunel University was officially opened yesterday by the bank’s Deputy CEO and Head of Retail and Business Banking, Javier San Felix and University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Julia Buckingham.
Research comes as Take Five campaign and UK banks launch first ever day of national action against financial fraud
67 per cent of people in the East Midlands are worried about their families falling victim to fraudsters, yet 68 per cent admit they have never discussed the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and those around them from financial fraud.
• Brits save an average £150 each month – a collective £81.8 billion a year
• But a fifth have no savings at all and 18 per cent save £50 or less
• 53% wish they had received more money advice at a younger age as 78% believe being “good with money” is a learned behaviour
Shriti Vadera, Chairman of Santander UK, made her first official visit to the University of West England yesterday to meet the Deputy Vice Chancellor and senior University staff, students who have benefited from the bank’s financial support, and local businesses. She also gave a lecture on Post-globalism at the University’s Faculty of Business and Law.
Santander’s newly refurbished branch at Cardiff University was officially opened yesterday by Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK and University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan.
Real Junk Food, a Manchester-based charity which provides nutritious meals for the homeless and low income families, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund to open the city’s first waste food pay-as-you-feel café.
Moments Café and Dementia Hub, a Plymouth-based social enterprise, has received £4,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund to finish its new dementia friendly café and hub in the city centre.
Access Aspiration and School of Hard Knocks (SOHK), two London-based social enterprises, have received a total of £20,000 matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund. The two projects both help students in disadvantaged areas across the capital gain skills and motivation through sport and employability workshops.
Chocolate Worx, a Honiton-based community programme, has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund to help people with learning or mental health disabilities gain business and enterprise skills through making and selling chocolates.
Santander offers up to £100 cashback for both new and existing customers investing into a Santander Stocks and Shares ISA
Customers can earn 0.5% cashback on the amount invested during the offer period
A wide range of investments from across the market are available and can be made via the Santander Investment Hub - a secure, efficient, straightforward platform which aims to make investments more affordable and accessible to all
Emmaus North East has received £5,000 to fund kitchen equipment and provide catering training to 15 ex-homeless people in South Tyneside, helping them to get back into work and living independently.
Cardiff-based IT consultancy and software development firm DevOpsGuys Limited (DOG) is targeting £100 million turnover over the next five years and new job creation after receiving £1 million funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
33 local business leaders, entrepreneurs and budding business owners attended a networking evening in Santander High Holborn, London.
The Breakthrough in Branch event encouraged businesses to learn about how to start up or develop your own business and discuss how businesses can work together to boost the local economy.
(FCA Complaints Data - 01 July 2016 to 31 December 2016)
In line with the new FCA complaints data reporting requirements, figures published today by Santander UK reveal 153,794 reportable complaints received by the bank during the second half of the year. The results are driven by the FCA’s change in reporting, which took place from 30 June 2016, and now requires firms to report all complaints. Previously the FCA reporting rules did not require firms to include complaints that were resolved by close of the next business day. If the current reporting requirements were applied to the first half of 2016; the bank received 154,738 complaints compared with our second half published figure of 153,794 - showing a reduction half on half.
Walsall-based Travelstar European Ltd, one of the West Midlands’ leading coach hire companies, has moved to larger premises in Portland Street, Walsall, to help cater for a strong demand. The firm was supported with a funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Friends and Families of Special Children has received £5,000 to fund a year of fully inclusive activities for disabled children, young carers and siblings in Plymouth and the surrounding area.
Increased exports and innovation activity will drive UK car industry to new heights
The ability of UK automotive manufacturers to harness new technologies – such as autonomous cars and fuel-efficient vehicles – will be key to the long-term success of the industry
UK automotive sector saw year-on-year growth of £592 million of sales between 2014 and 2015 contributing £36.5 billion to the UK economy
The Government needs to deliver an Industrial Strategy framework that ensures automotive investment remains anchored in the UK
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO, made his first official visit to Ulster University yesterday to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon, the senior leadership team as well as students who have benefited from the bank’s financial support.
A range of tailored services give customers the choice of how they want to bank
State of the art digital facilities alongside a customer focussed design
Stronger emphasis on community led initiatives
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO visited the University of Nottingham yesterday to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, and to sign a new three year renewal agreement and further financial support for the leading UK academic institution.
13 million adults (25 per cent) say they have been the victim of a scam, while three quarters (73%) say they are concerned about falling victim
Study reveals lack of awareness around personal security with one in five younger Brits believing their bank would ask for their full PIN, password or security numbers
Santander launches annual Scam Awareness Campaign providing customers with guidance on the most common types of scam and tips to stay safe
Santander Universities announces additional £1.6m of funding to UK universities for 2016/2017 – bringing the total to £11.3m
3,250 internships for SMEs, scaled up Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards and £400,000 fund for Widening Participation
New Santander Cycles scheme on University campuses
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO visited the University of Oxford yesterday to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, and to sign a renewal agreement to confirm further financial support to the leading UK academic institution.
Nathan Bostock, Santander UK's CEO, made his first official visit to the University of Exeter yesterday to meet the Vice Chancellor and senior leadership team as well as students who have benefited from the bank’s financial support.
Britain’s manufacturers are set to pare back their investment in plant and machinery over the next two years in response to increased uncertainty about the demand outlook, according to a major annual survey of manufacturers published today by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Santander.
To celebrate National Mentoring Day today, Santander has launched the Breakthrough Women in Business (WiB) Programme, a mentoring scheme for the next generation of female UK entrepreneurs in association with the award-winning social enterprise Cause4. The launch follows on from the huge success of Santander’s Women in Breakthrough mentoring programme in 2015.
48% of cyclists1 said not being seen in the dark is the biggest factor in their decision to reduce cycling when the clocks go back
Santander ambassadors Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jenson Button launch ‘The Blaze Witch Project,’ a Halloween themed film to support the rollout of Blaze LaserlightTM across all 11,500 Santander Cycles in London: http://bit.ly/SantanderCyclesBlaze
First UK financial brand to release a customised emoji
Exeter-based Trinity Fire and Security Systems Ltd, a leading provider of Life Safety and Security Systems, is expanding its workforce following a working capital funding package of £1.75 million from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
A Cardiff-based pharmacist is to purchase his second pharmacy in Wales following a £1.198 million funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial. Abdul Kowsor, a graduate from Cardiff University, now plans on building a regional pharmacy chain of up to 10 stores over the next decade.
Leeds-based Trinity McQueen, an award winning market research and insight services agency, is targeting continued growth and international expansion following a funding package worth £2.5m from Santander Corporate & Commercial. A specialist in the retail, FMCG, digital, technology and finance sectors, Trinity McQueen’s consultancy based approach has enabled them to secure numerous blue chip clients, such as; Asda, Jet2, Boots, Royal Mail and TalkTalk.
New All in One Credit Card offers balance transfer, cashback and no foreign transaction fees
Zero Credit Card is re-launched offering no foreign transaction or cash withdrawal fees
As part of the new range Santander Credit Card renamed Everyday Credit Card
Enhanced Retailer Offers with five Welcome Offers of up to 25% cashback
Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust to establish The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, a world-class beacon of excellence for the study of Spanish and Latin American art and culture.
Santander is supporting the partnership with a £600,000 grant to Durham University – its largest single donation to a UK university.
Durham University will contribute a further £1m over the next five years
The partnership represents a joint ambition to expand and enhance the academic and cultural links between the UK, Spain and Latin America.
It also forms part of a wider initiative using art to stimulate regeneration and public engagement.
For the first time, one of the UK’s leading banks is partnering with a crowdfunding platform in an innovative collaboration to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK.
EEF and Santander launch 2016 manufacturing facts & figures
British manufacturing continued its climb up the global rankings as the UK continues to enjoy an industrial renaissance, according to facts and figures published today by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Santander.
The new mortgage application offers customers the opportunity to remortgage online, in their own time, from the comfort of their own home
The application could be completed from start to finish within 30 minutes
The application clearly outlines the steps involved, provides an instant decision and enables customers to upload their paperwork immediately
Customers can save and retrieve their application, so they can start the remortgage process, then resume it at a time that suits them
This is another channel of choice for customers, complementing the existing branch, telephone and intermediary channels offered today
Those who moved paid £23,707 for a school catchment address, an 11 per cent premium on the average UK property price
This increases to £71,539 for those living in London, a 15 per cent hike
Nearly a fifth of these parents had to change jobs in order to get their children into the desired school
15 per cent settled in an area they didn’t like for the sake of a good school
More than a quarter of all families who move to be within a catchment area will leave as soon as a school place is secured
UK consumers set to transfer six times as much as the big football clubs
Almost nine million adults (17 per cent) have missed a “transfer deadline” resulting in a late payment or transfer
One in three (31 per cent) say they are worried about not having enough money in their account to meet their payments
Nearly 70 per cent of Brits regularly check their account online or on their mobile to stay on top of their finances
(FCA Complaints Data – 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016)
Data published today by Santander UK reveals that the number of FCA reportable complaints received by the bank continues to fall. In the first half of 2016, the bank received 96,669 complaints, compared to 101,921 in the second half of 2015, and 121,314 for the first half of 2015. Complaints remain significantly lower than historic levels, and have decreased through every reporting period since the first half of 2010.
As students across the country receive their GCSE results today (25th August), new research1 conducted by Santander on young people’s career aspirations reveals that only 8% of 15-16 year old students would consider an apprenticeship as their preferred route into work.
1I2I3 Current Account interest rate of 1.50% on balances up to £20,000 – customers can earn up to £298pa in interest, plus cashback on selected household bills, for a £5 monthly account fee
Introduction of new arranged overdraft tiers on 1|2|3 and Everyday current accounts
Customers will be given a minimum of 60 days advance notice of both changes
Fast-growing Sheffield-based digital marketing firm Evoluted has been able to purchase the Lambert Street office building it has been leasing for the past seven years following a £300,000 funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Solihull-based Budge Brands Ltd, brand owner of Premier Estates Wine, has purchased a new head office in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter after receiving a funding package worth over £1.5 million from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Shropshire-based AVF Group (“AVF”), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of AV furniture and related products, is to further expand its product range following a £2 million funding deal with Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Specialist Journeys, one of the UK’s leading providers of small group, expert-led specialist, educational and themed travel holidays, has acquired Brightwater Holidays following a significant funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
1. Students can earn up to 3% interest with the 1|2|3 Student Current Account
2. The account also offers a free 4-year Santander 16-25 Railcard, saving students up to £7521
3. Student bank of choice2
4. Students whose parents have Santander Home Insurance can have their belongings covered under their parents policy3 whilst living away at University
Eight student entrepreneur winners announced at Santander Universities' sixth annual Entrepreneurship Awards
UniGreenScheme from University of Birmingham and Motion Metrics from Imperial College London both win top prizes of £15,000
Santander has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue.
The MOU, which was signed today in London by Angel Rivera, Senior Executive Vice-President and Head of Retail & Commercial Banking, Santander Group and Tony Qiu, General Manager of JD.com Worldwide, will allow Santander’s small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers to gain access to the large Chinese consumer market via an online store on JD.com.
Coleraine-based TBF Thompson (Garvagh) Ltd, one of Northern Ireland’s largest distributors of truck and heavy plant machinery, is to expand its range of services as well as hire more apprentices following £4 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
"Santander's unique business model - focused on retail banking - provides us with diversification and stability and is a source of great strength. The Group has proved its robustness throughout its history and has paid a dividend to its shareholders consistently for more than 50 years."