On 21 March 2017, local business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and representatives attended a Breakthrough in Branch panel and networking event at Santander’s Walthamstow branch.

The event provided a platform for local businesses to hear from speakers from Waltham Forest including The Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Peter Herrington, Cabinet member for Economic Growth and High Streets Counsellor Clare Coghill and Mr Edward Baker CEO at Digital Skills Agency Ltd about business planning and development.

The event is aimed at helping ambitious businesses prosper by providing an open support network for sharing knowledge and learning from others who have been through the same journey. The bank is a consistent supporter of businesses across the UK.

The event was supported by local branch members Ravi Jivraj, Local Business Manager, Pam Kaur, Mortgage Advisor and Andrew Lee, Financial Planning Manager.

Kumar Ganesh, Branch Director at Santander’s Walthamstow branch, said: “It’s important we support local businesses in achieving their ambitions. This event provides new knowledge to help support business growth and helps them to build a stronger and more active network of support and connections.”

The Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Peter Herrington, said: “I am delighted that Santander is promoting this business link so businesses can help one another prosper across the Borough.’’

Mr. Edward Baker, CEO, Digital Skills Agency Ltd said: “It’s important to me as a business owner that I build my network and hear from others as to their experiences and how they developed. Events like this are testament to the work Santander is doing to ensure local business communities and like-minded entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to further their ambitions.”

The Santander branch, located on 207- 209, High Street in Walthamstow, has a range of customer services. These include 5 till positions, 5 digital ATMs, 2 ATMs outside the branch, 6 private interview rooms, 1 advice desk, and a special reception area to meet, greet and direct customers as they enter.

Over the coming months Santander will be working closely with the businesses, and individuals who attended the event to ensure that they are introduced to more key contacts in their area. Santander also works closely with Universities around the country to provide students and businesses with subsidised internship placements.

Breakthrough offers a suite of non-financial support including: Breakthrough Masterclasses, Breakthrough Knowledge events and Breakthrough International, helping to support companies to trade internationally, and offering access to a database of over 2,000 Breakthrough Interns to help businesses to attract new talent.

For more information on Breakthrough visit www.santandercb.co.uk/breakthrough.

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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 innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c20,000 employees and operates through 841 branches (which includes 60 university branches) and 67 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

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