New local networking event brings Holborn businesses together to boost growth

This month, local business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and representatives from University College London and London School of Economics attended a Breakthrough in Branch panel and networking event at Santander’s High Holborn branch.

The event provided a platform for local businesses to hear from Scott Saunders, CEO and Founder at, Jan Rooban, Branch Director and Stefano Preziosi, Local Business Manager from the High Holborn and Leather Lane Santander branches. The speakers discussed how to start up and develop your business as well as Santander’s involvement in the local community, focusing specifically on how businesses can connect and work together to support the local economy.

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

Stefano Preziosi, Local Business Manager at Santander’s High Holborn branch, said: “Corporate Social Responsibility is a key fundamental part in our daily job at Santander and we want to make sure to include this in all the services that we offer our customers. We are not just about offering a financial service, but truly being a part of the community and acting as a support hub for our local residents. This event provides new knowledge for local businesses, helping to build a stronger and more active network of support and connections.”

Mr. Lucas Rodriguez De Los Santos, CEO at LRS Natural Food Consulting 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 High Holborn in London, has a range of customer services. These include Banking, Savings, Credit Cards, Loans, Mortgages, Insurance, Investments and Business Banking Services. In addition to this, there are 4 Digital ATM machines that offer a variety of services such as instant cash deposit, 3 tills, 7 interview rooms, a customer digital banking booth and free customer Wi-Fi.

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.

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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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