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About Santander Breakthrough

Santander’s Breakthrough programme seeks to identify the best entrepreneurial companies in the UK and help them achieve their full potential.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are pivotal to the success of the UK economy. According to Government statistics, SMEs account for almost half of UK private sector output and almost 60% of private sector employment. In short, SMEs are vital in terms of job and wealth creation.

Seeded within the SME sector are the economic giants of tomorrow. These are the companies that are not only trading successfully, but also growing rapidly. Such star performers have the potential to become major players in their industries, employing not just tens or hundreds of people but perhaps thousands as their businesses expand. Santander’s Breakthrough programme is designed to help businesses like these fulfil their potential.

Through Breakthrough, Santander seeks to identify and support successful, fast-growth SMEs as they work to break through to the next level of success. Of course, funding is an important part of the package, and over the next few years we aim to make £200 million available for investment in businesses that we see as ‘Growth Champions’. At the same time, we will also ensure that any company selected for the programme will have access to some of the best advice and talent available, including businesspeople who have already established their own companies as market leaders on a national and global stage.

The Breakthrough programme is designed to provide fast-growth companies with the resources and knowledge they need to push towards the next level. The programme does this in a number of ways. Businesses that receive funding through the Breakthrough programme will have first call on a series of groundbreaking initiatives, including:

  • Breakthrough Live
  • Breakthrough Talent
  • Breakthrough Responsibly
  • Breakthrough Growth Capital
  • Breakthrough Masterclasses
  • Breakthrough International

Articles tagged with: santander breakthrough

Santander Breakthrough 50 in partnership with Smarta

Written by Santander Breakthrough on Tuesday, 01 April 2014.

‘Santander Breakthrough 50 in partnership with Smarta’ – is our new awards campaign recognising the UK’s 50 fastest growing and ambitious businesses.

The Breakthrough 50 has been created to uncover the UK's most rapidly expanding businesses that have grabbed a significant market share, are boasting growing revenues and have a clear vision to develop even more in the future. The winners will be the leading figures of the entrepreneurial movement in the UK, each with a unique blueprint for success and a story to inspire other entrepreneurs.

Why HR Matters

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

HR is seldom a priority in the early days of a business, yet a proactive approach to people management is essential for building a better operation. It also plays an important role in compliance

Most new businesses run a tight ship. Whatever the business model, product or service, the goal is usually to sell into the market as quickly and efficiently as possible. Key players include the staff that make or deliver the product, and the marketing and sales teams that bag the customers. 

Printing In 3D

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

Printing solid objects at home or in the workplace is not science fiction – the technology is here and it is set to change our lives

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of taking a digital model of an object and creating a solid, three-dimensional replica of it.

Exporting To Europe

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

With its 28 member states, the European Union represents a huge export opportunity, facilitated by the export-friendly design of the single market. Trevor Clawson, author of Growing Your Business Overseas, outlines the advantages and possible pitfalls

With its 28 member states and the likelihood of further expansion, the European Union represent an enormous trading opportunity for UK firms looking to export. The EU is essentially a single market designed to make trade between member states as easy as possible.

Hidden Behind The Clouds

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

Will a move to cloud save you money on your IT budget, or could hidden costs wipe out the benefits?

Many businesses have become disillusioned with the cost of software license renewal and hardware that takes up valuable space and requires endless maintenance. They are increasingly choosing a different model when it comes to paying for their IT resources.

Eco Bag Business Carries Off International Deals With Santander Backing

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

Bag It Don’t Bin It CEO Julia Gash was unable to secure additional funding to support her cashflow needs. When she secured a place on a Santander Trade Mission to the US, she capitalised on business opportunities and secured a new banking partner.

Julia Gash started her promotional bag company, Bag It Don't Bin It (now shortened to BIDBI), in 2007. The business imports eco-friendly cloth bags, which are printed in the UK for high-profile customers including Marks and Spencer, Lush, the British Museum, and Harvey Nichols.

Software Pioneer Conquers New Markets with Finance Package

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 08 November 2013.

ProofHQ's innovative collaborative review and editing software tool is achieving worldwide success. With backing from Santander's Growth Capital Fund, the company is positioning itself for further expansion.

Time To Move Your Mobile Network to 4G?

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Monday, 28 October 2013.

The latest 4G mobile networks are promising to change the way we work while out and about, but is now the right time to be migrating your employees' devices? Here, we look at the options in terms of connectivity, reliability and predicted costs

The Benefits of Public Sector Business

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Monday, 28 October 2013.

The public sector can offer reliable payment periods and loyal customers for companies willing to invest time in pursuing contracts and looking after clients. With SMEs the focus of new contract initiatives, now is the time to explore this option.

Ten Tools To Help Keep Your Business On Track

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 18 October 2013.

From personal business productivity tools, to dashboards and business analytics systems, here are the top ten software tools and cloud services to help you analyse your business data and use it effectively.

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