You can find the latest Santander UK's news and press releases below.
MET Medical Ltd, a St Albans based private ambulance service, has purchased six additional emergency response vehicles and hired 20 new staff following £300,000 funding from Santander Business Banking. MET Medical was established in 2014 by Dave Hawkins as a private ambulance service to carry out urgent, routine and emergency ambulance transfers from hospitals, care homes and private residences.
Banbury-headquartered First Line Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of premium quality automotive components to the vehicle aftermarket, has secured £20 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial. The funding will help the firm expand its exports and capitalise on growth opportunities in overseas markets.
Santander has today unveiled plans to shake up the UK business banking market with the launch of the new 1|2|3 Business Current Account for small and medium sized (SMEs) businesses. The innovative, value-adding account builds on the success of the 1|2|3 Current Account in establishing Santander as a key challenger in retail current account market.
Belfast’s most exclusive hair salon, Andrew Mulvenna Hair (AM Hair), is moving to new premises following £276,000 funding from Santander Business Banking. The new premises, which are double the size of the previous salon, are located in a Grade 2 listed building on Victoria Street and will allow the firm to expand its employee numbers and training academy.
On 3rd October 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 225 Dalton Road, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1QU. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
Carers’ Support (Bexley), has received £5,000 to fund a specialist benefits advice service for carers. The service is aimed at those carers who are struggling financially due to the requirements of their caring role, giving them the confidence and experience to become financially stable. The grant will specifically benefit unpaid carers and the disabled people they care for in the London Borough of Bexley.
Disability charity, Kangaroos Mid Sussex, has received £5,000 to fund a new support group with the aim of helping members move from the charity’s teenage club to programmes focused on adults. This new ‘transition’ group will offer a range of stimulating activities, including cooking and craft sessions, for people with learning disabilities who are aged 16 to 21 and living in and around Haywards Heath.
On 26th September 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 13 High St, Abergavenny NP7 5RY. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
Literacy Capital has secured £2 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to fund its investment in Grayce, a leading business change consultancy firm. Literacy Capital’s investment will facilitate the expansion of the senior management team, providing the resource for the business to continue the impressive rate of growth it has already achieved.
On 19th September 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 13 Rams Walk, Petersfield, GU32 3JA. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
Frome-based cancer counselling charity We Hear You (WHY) has secured a £5,000 grant to fund its online counselling service. The service supports adults in Somerset, Bath and Wiltshire who are affected or bereaved by cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
Stafford-based Crossley Garden Buildings, a family owned manufacturer of garden buildings, plans to expand its reach into new garden centres across the North West and Midlands after receiving £375,000 in new funding from Santander Business Banking.
Middleton-headquartered Vestacare UK Ltd has secured new funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support a new 8-bed short stay centre. The funding sits alongside a refinancing solution of an existing funding package provided by the bank.
Altrincham-based The Elmscot Group of day nurseries, nursery schools and out-of-school clubs has expanded with the acquisition of Little Friends Day Nursery in Chester, supported with substantial funding from Santander Business Banking. Little Friends will be rebranded as Elmscot Day Nursery and Nursery School (Chester), becoming the sixth nursery in the group and its 14th overall educational setting including its eight Kids Collective out-of-school clubs based at local primary and preparatory schools.
(FCA Complaints Data - 01 January 2018 to 30 June 2018)
In line with the FCA complaints data reporting requirements, figures published today by Santander UK reveal there were 193,984 complaints received by the bank during the first half of 2018. This is a 5.6 per cent increase on the number reported for the second half of 2017. This increase is mainly driven by an uplift in banking related complaints.
Lanarkshire-based DataVita Ltd, a leading datacentre and cloud services provider, has secured £4.6 million in funding from long-term banking partner Santander Corporate & Commercial which will see the creation of up to 50 new technology jobs in Scotland.
On 29th August 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 34 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
On 29th August 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch located at 15 High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AG. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of its commitment to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
On 22nd August 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 61 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7BS. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
On 16th August 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 2 Main Street, Wishaw, ML2 7AF. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
On 10th August 2018, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on 347-351 Walworth Road, London SE17 2DP. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.
The husband and wife team behind B&H Jagpal, a pharmacy based in Worcestershire, has bought a pharmacy in Colwall, Herefordshire, following £544,000 in funding from Santander Business Banking.
Dartford-based Caterham Cars, the manufacturer of iconic lightweight sports cars, has secured £1.15 million in new funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support the firm's long-term plan to expand in fast-growing international markets as well as further develop its UK manufacturing capabilities.
Today, Santander's Business Banking is rated first across all categories in Northern Ireland according to Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) new service rankings to compare the quality of service from Business Current Account providers1.
Those leaving education and looking for work may be missing out on potential employment opportunities simply by failing to consider Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the advantages they offer, new research from Santander UK reveals.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has today helped Santander and Transport for London (TfL) launch the UK's first sightseeing cycle tour of landmarks linked with pioneering and inspirational women from the past and present.
Mogford Limited, the Oxford-based independent luxury hotel and restaurant group, is set to complete a total refurbishment following £8.5 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Following the decision by the Bank of England to increase the base rate by 0.25 per cent to 0.75 per cent, Santander has reviewed its variable rates on its saving and mortgage products for existing customers.
Altrincham-based Emsys Maritime Ltd (“Emsys”), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of emissions monitoring systems for the global shipping industry, is to target international export following new funding from Santander Business Banking.
Warwickshire-headquartered Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd has secured a seven figure funding package from Santander Business Banking to expand its contract hire offering. The firm is one of the UK’s leading fleet management & leasing businesses and the expansion is key to the firm’s growth strategy which will result in an additional three new employees.
Single Homeless: Action Initiative in Durham Limited (SHAID) has received £5,000 to fund the purchase of information technology equipment for use by ex-service personnel staying at its supported accommodation centre at St Peters Court in Sacriston, Durham.
Auto Leasing UK Ltd, trading as Priory Rentals, is to expand its fleet of cars, vans and motorhomes by 25% over the next 12 months following £1.2million in financing from Santander Business Banking. Priory Rentals is a leading vehicle rental firm serving the Lancashire and Cheshire markets, operating from two sites in Oswaldtwistle and Northwich.
Local poverty relief charity Thanet Community Development Trust (TCDT) has received £5,000 to fund two construction skills certification scheme (CSCS) courses, the training needed to work on a construction site. The courses will provide places for 20 unemployed people in Thanet hoping to work in the construction industry.
Shrewsbury & Oswestry Crucial Crew has received £5,000 to fund a safety education event, giving practical advice to as many as 1,500 students in their final year of primary school across Shropshire.
Customers, community groups and businesses are set to benefit when Santander officially opens its newly relocated branch in Upper Mall, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FD on 19th July 2018.
Local Gorseinon entrepreneur Sarfaz Ahmed is to open a new Premier convenience store in the West End area of the town following £170,000 in funding from Santander Business Banking. The new shop will be unique in the West End and offer local residents a wider variety of goods, improved offers and promotions.
Edinburgh-based True Build Trade Services Limited (“True Build”), a leading building and joinery business, has doubled the size of its workforce in its head office following funding from Santander Business Banking.
Anson Care Services Ltd, a leading elderly and specialist care operator in Cornwall, is adding nine beds and new ancillary facilities to its St Mary’s Haven home in Penzance, after receiving a funding package worth over £1 million from Santander Corporate & Commercial (SCC).
TPS Global Logistics, the award-winning Aylesford-based freight forwarding and logistics service provider, is moving into new, larger premises and hiring 20 new permanent members of staff. The move will enable the company to deal with growing business demand and comes after it received a funding package worth £600,000. The funding included £400,000 from Santander Business Banking and £200,000 from MacQuarie.
Walsall-based Mobility Vehicle Hire Ltd (“MVH”) has quadrupled the size of its fleet to 100 vehicles following a hire purchase asset finance deal with Santander Business Banking. MVH is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of specifically adapted hire vehicles catering for the needs of disabled drivers and passengers.
Hazel Hill Trust has received £5,000 to fund its conservation volunteering programme for people in and around Salisbury who are experiencing unemployment, mental or physical health difficulties, or other disadvantages.
Derry-based Global Equipment Spares Ltd (“GES”), is targeting increased export-led growth following new funding of £800,000 from Santander Business Banking. The new funding is in addition to £1.5 million in financing from the bank. GES is one of Northern Ireland's leading manufacturers and suppliers of abrasive wear plates and special steels for the global mining, construction, agriculture and recycling industries.
The UK’s most entrepreneurial students are unveiled today, each of whom are in with a chance to receive up to £25,000 worth of seed funding. Amongst the finalists of the eighth annual Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards may be the nation’s next great business success story.
Santander UK is supporting 11 Pride festivals across the UK in 2018, with participation led by members of the bank’s Embrace Network, which provides leadership and support on LGBT+ related matters for its members, colleagues and customers.
The home of the United States’ life sciences industry, Cambridge, Massachusetts, played host to twenty of the UK’s leading firms in the sector earlier this month as part of Santander UK’s latest trade mission.
Increasing demand for personalised treatments, an ageing population, the rise of new manufacturing technologies and ‘digital’ medicines (drugs with an ingestible sensor embedded in them), are some of the primary growth opportunities for UK pharmaceuticals companies according to a new report from Santander and manufacturing organisation EEF1.
Darlington Mind has secured £5,000 to fund a series of workshops and interactive sessions to help adults with mental health issues safely navigate the internet. The aim of the workshops is to help keep vulnerable people safe and secure online within a comfortable environment
SWG3, the internationally acclaimed arts and events venue located in Glasgow, is preparing for its first live music gig following significant expansion, which has seen the venue more than double in size.
Swansea and London Borough of Hillingdon will see the arrival of new cycle hire schemes this spring, after Swansea University and Brunel University London won the Santander Cycles University Challenge. The schemes, which will be open to students, residents and visitors alike, have been awarded to the two universities after they came top in a nationwide competition.
From Monday, 4 December 2017, Santander for Intermediaries (SfI) will be introducing a soft credit check process across all its intermediated mortgage business, providing customers with the peace of mind that their credit rating will not be affected at the early stages of applying for a mortgage.
Santander employees from the Flyde Coast came head to head with colleagues from South Glasgow recently as they competed in a “Store Wars” fundraising challenge for the bank’s charity partners Barnardo’s and Age UK.
Santander employees from across London and the East of England came head to head recently as they competed in a “Store Wars” fundraising challenge for the bank’s charity partners, Barnardo’s and Age UK
A Santander employee from Manchester was part of a 40-strong team that travelled to Nepal earlier this month to build a school for the disadvantaged Moser community outside Pokhara, as well as raise funds for Age UK and Barnardo’s, the bank’s charity partners in the UK.
Santander UK today announces the appointment of Gerry Byrne as a Banco Santander, S.A. nominated Non-Executive Director of Santander UK with effect from 1 December 2017. He replaces Manuel Soto who will be stepping down from the Santander UK Boards on 15 December 2017.
Happy Days Nurseries, a chain of 18 children’s nurseries across the South West, has secured £8 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to develop up to 10 new nurseries over the next three years. The funding from Santander includes a specialist Growth Capital loan. These are aimed at the UK’s most successful, fast-growth businesses.
Harrogate-based Beaucare Medical, one of the largest independent suppliers of medical, nursing and hygiene supplies throughout the UK, has completed a successful management buy-out (MBO). This is supported by £3 million of funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial. The facilities include Santander’s Growth Capital funding, which is targeted at the UK’s most dynamic, fast-growth businesses.
Following the decision by the Bank of England to increase the base rate by 0.25 per cent to 0.50 per cent, Santander has reviewed its variable rates on its saving and mortgage products for existing customers and has announced the following changes today:
Stoke-on-Trent based Hallmark Sheet Metal Ltd, a leading manufacturer of hi-spec sheet metal products, has completed a successful management buy-out (MBO) following a combined £2 million funding from Santander Business Banking and UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).
Bideford-headquartered Travel Chapter, a leading holiday lettings agency with over 3,500 high quality properties under management across the UK, has secured funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support the company’s growth strategy. Travel Chapter owns a number of leading online booking websites including its flagship brand, holidaycottages.co.uk.
Santander has today announced the appointment of Bart White as Head of European Infrastructure Debt Advisory at Santander Global Corporate Banking (SGCB). Bart will report to Alejandro Ciruelos, Head of Project & Infrastructure Finance and Debt Advisory in London and to Carlos Muñiz; Global Head Project & Infrastructure Finance and Debt Advisory in Madrid.
From 2 November 2017, Santander UK will be increasing the rate on its Regular eSaver product from two point five per cent to three per cent for savings customers who are not part of 1I2I3 World1 or Santander Select.
Santander has cut the rates on its fixed two and five year products across 60, 75 and 85 per cent loan to value (LTV) zero fee range. The changes are designed to support customers looking to remortgage before the end of the year. As well as market leading rates, customers can also take advantage of the free valuation and free legals or £250 cashback.1
On Wednesday 30 August, Santander UK will officially open its newly designed and refurbished branch on Chorley Road, Swinton. It is the latest of Santander’s branches to be re-designed as part of a programme to deliver better customer service and community friendly banking.
Edwards Coaches, the largest independent coach operator in Wales and one of the largest in the UK, has secured a £11.4 million funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial to assist with the set-up of its recently purchased Avonmouth Depot and to fund 40 additional coaches. The funding will also support the recruitment of approximately 110 new employees
London-headquartered Natilik, a leading provider of Hybrid IT and Communication services to mid-sized and large corporations, has received a multi-million pound Growth Capital investment from Santander Corporate & Commercial. The funding will enable them to continue their expansion and capitalise on growth opportunities.
Integrating Children and Young People (Integrating) has received £5,000 to fund the creation of a community-based money management project for children and young people with learning disabilities living in the Durham City and Chester le Street area.
St Paul’s Family Centre has received £5,000 to fund educational sessions for families in the Bigyn and Tyisha area of Llanelli. The sessions will provide advice on healthy eating, budgeting, and help build parent’s confidence.
(FCA Complaints Data – 01 January 2017 to 30 June 2017)
In line with the FCA complaints data reporting requirements, figures published today by Santander UK reveal there were 162,529 complaints received by the bank during the first half of 2017. This is a six per cent increase on the number reported for the second half of 2016, driven by a 25 per cent increase in PPI related complaints following regulatory announcements made in March 2017.
Aldridge-based dentist Dr Amit Jutlla is set to successfully realise his dream of running a regional dental chain following the acquisition of a third practice in his home town, adding to his two current practices in Aldridge and Shrewsbury. Dr Jutlla received a £1.66 million funding package from Santander Business Banking to acquire and invest in the new outlet and is considering further expansion given the right opportunities.
Greenock-based PG Paper Company Ltd, an international paper merchant and one of Scotland’s biggest exporters, is to target growth in South America following a £10 million funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Edwards Coaches, the largest independent coach operator in Wales and one of the largest in the UK, has secured a £11.4 million funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial to assist with the set-up of its recently purchased Avonmouth Depot and to fund 40 additional coaches. The funding will also support the recruitment of approximately 110 new employees.
Families are prepared to spend an extra 12 per cent for their chosen school catchment address, adding £26,800 to the average UK property price
One in five (20 per cent) of these parents had to change jobs in order to get their kids into the desired school
44 per cent of all families who move to a certain catchment area say they will leave as soon as a school place is secured
Over half of the Milton Keynes Santander Cycles are currently off the road, due to heavy vandalism
Since the scheme launched in June 2016, over £200,000 worth of intentional damage has been done to the bikes
Santander is currently reviewing the bike docking station locations and discussing the overall viability of the scheme
Gainsborough-based dentist Dr Irfan Khokhar has purchased his first dental practice following £665,500 in funding from Santander Business Banking. Dr Khokhar’s Dencare Group has purchased Apex Dental Ltd and now has long-term plans to build a regional chain of state-of-the-art outlets.
425km cycle from The North Sea to The Bristol Channel has raised £12,800 for Santander’s charity partners Age UK and Barnardo’s
Thirteen employees took part in the cycle over three days with stops in Cambridge and Oxford
Brighton-based CT Dang Ltd, a rapidly expanding pharmacy group owned by three local siblings who are all qualified pharmacists, has purchased their second pharmacy in Brighton with the help of £1.3 million from Santander Business Banking.
Manchester-based Flipbook Studios, a leading video content producer, is set to expand its workforce and relocate to larger offices following significant funding from Santander Business Banking.
Five pupils from Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough join the bank for the summer to give them a career boost
60 students in total from 10 UK locations will participate in summer work experience
Placements support education charity’s ‘140 hours’ campaign
London based Marcol Health has acquired Bracknell-based Medical Solutions, a provider of remote 24/7 primary care consultation services via a team of qualified GPs, after receiving funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial, including a Growth Capital loan, which is aimed at the UK’s most dynamic businesses .
Today, Santander has announced the launch of Talking ATMs across its entire branch network in the UK. Customers now have the option to plug into the earphone socket on the front of the ATM to be guided through their transaction by voice assistance either with or without the use of the ATM screen.