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Santander - Creative

Whether building your local network or a global presence, we could help your business achieve its next breakthrough. We approach every business as an individual relationship and strive to make banking straightforward, so you can focus on what is important to your business.

That’s why our clients get a dedicated Relationship Director. We believe credit partners should meet you directly, so our decisions are as transparent as possible. We work hard to do right by you and your business now and in the long term.

It’s thanks to this approach that we’re proud to say 4 out of 5 of our business customers would recommend us.*

Simple, Personal, Fair - what a bank should be

* GfK NOP Research: Santander Customer Satisfaction Survey Q3’14. 80% of 879 Corporate customers gave scores 5, 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 7, where 7 is ‘Extremely likely to recommend’.

Overview of Bank’s focus on Creative/TMT sector

Creative industries in the UK, from architects to games designers, or from galleries to theatres, were worth £76.9 billion to the UK economy in 2013, representing 10% growth year on year. The UK is recognised as having one of the most diverse and creative landscapes in the world.

The sector comprises companies of all shapes and sizes and whether it’s a small family company or a global corporation, we approach every customer as an individual relationship. At Santander we use dedicated Relationship Directors with sector expertise to understand your unique needs and to make banking straightforward, so Creative Industry companies can focus on growth.

We believe credit partners should meet you directly, so our decisions are as transparent as possible. We work hard to do right by you and your business now and in the long term.

Products and Services offered to businesses within the sector

Santander is a full service Bank offering a wide array of services including corporate lending, asset finance, invoice finance, supplier payments, working capital, current accounts, cash management, deposit solutions, treasury services and international banking.

For companies currently trading internationally or looking to trade internationally we can provide currency accounts, sector and country information and introductions to Santander branches and international Banking partners around the globe.

Through our Breakthrough programme, we can offer funding (through Growth Capital), support via roundtables, summits, masterclasses and talent programmes and business opportunities through our trade missions.

Breakthrough Growth Capital is an innovative form of finance that enables established and profitable fast-growth businesses to reach their potential without diluting ownership by giving away equity. We are making available £200 million in the form of growth capital loans and to date have helped 47 businesses with £126m of facilities.

We have also partnered with Funding Circle in recognition of the fact that SME’s need access to multiple sources of finance and peer to peer financing is useful way to introduce people to the concept of investing in entrepreneurs.

In July 2014 the Bank also launched the Santander Innoventure Fund for Fin-Tech companies to provide much need equity finance as well as supporting the digital revolution to ensure Santander’s customers world-wide benefit from the latest know-how and innovations. The fund is primarily focused on digital delivery of financial services, e-commerce and payment ventures, online lending, e-Financial investments and Big Data Analytics.

To find out more speak to one of our sector specialists:

Jonathan Corcoran
Relationship Director
Tel: +44 (0) 207 0294352
Mobile: +44 (0) 780 3377056

Ben Smith
Relationship Director
Mobile: +44 (0) 7725 640956

Andreas Soteriou
Relationship Director
Tel: 020 7029 4355
Mobile: 07809 493 080

Some examples of businesses helped by Santander in the sector:

Case Study - Isabella Oliver
Online retail business Isabella Oliver is a global leader for stylish maternity fashion, selling to over 150 countries worldwide.

Case Study - Proof HQ
Launched in 2008, ProofHQ is an innovative software package enabling marketing departments and creative agencies to collaboratively review and approve documents online with robust workflow controls.