Santander staff hopped on Santander Cycles as part of a 144-strong team to celebrate the end of two weeks of fundraising events held across London and the South East of England.

The cycle ride saw Santander branch staff meet at four points around the capital; Rising Hill Street, Battersea Park, Clinton Road and Ilchester Gardens, before riding in convoy to the observation point at Bernie Spain Gardens to present the £167,000 cheque.

The ride also coincides with the launch of Santander Cycles Business Accounts in 170 branches throughout Greater London. The Santander Cycles Business Accounts were launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in May to encourage London’s businesses to get their staff cycling. The new accounts will give companies access to Santander Cycles and encourage more commuters to use the service. Santander Cycles are located across London and can be hired and returned to any docking station, 24 hours a day.

Simon Bray, Divisional Managing Director for London and East Division at Santander said: “Santander is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to have raised such a huge sum for our charity partners. The bike ride was a brilliant celebration of everyone’s hard work, whilst also supporting the launch of the Santander Cycles Business Accounts in branch. The new accounts will encourage an alternative method of travel in London and we hope that it inspires more companies and staff to use the scheme.”

Businesses can purchase up to 20 pooled keys for £90 each, allowing unlimited bike access for a year for all journeys of up to 30 minutes. For longer journeys, extra ride charges will be applied to the business account which can be managed online through the cycle hire website. The self-service scheme is a great way for commuters to get around London, encouraging a new way of travel which saves money whilst promoting healthy living.

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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. As at 30 June 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 847 branches (which includes 58 university branches) and 69 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and 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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Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 12,500 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2016. In the first half of 2016, Santander made underlying profit of EUR 3,280 million.

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