As a truly global bank, Santander UK understands the vitally important role that international trade can play in ensuring the future resilience and prosperity of the United Kingdom’s businesses.
This is why our focus is on helping our SME and corporate customers realise their global trading ambitions. While we know funding can be a significant part of getting export plans off the ground, we also recognise that this is just one element in the package of support that international businesses require in order to achieve their ambitions.
Our global reach means we have trusted partners in markets all over the world: in the ASEAN region, these include CIMB Bank in Malaysia, Siam Commercial in Thailand and Singapore’s United Overseas Bank, all with a deep-rooted local presence. Santander’s ecosystem of specialist partners includes local trade bodies, legal advisors, and distributors: by taking full advantage of the ecosystem, we can help market entrants identify new customers while also overcoming any regulatory or cultural barriers.
Our customers also benefit from the recently launched Trade Club Alliance – a platform backed by Santander and 13 partner banks, which is designed to help businesses forge new trading relationships with trusted buyers and suppliers in more than 180 countries around the world.
Crucially, the support we offer is sector-specific – so whether businesses are operating in aerospace, food & drink or fashion, they will benefit from expert assistance that not only has insight into the specific challenges they face but can also help them identify the most rewarding and exciting international trading opportunities. Our goal is to help customers have the right conversations with the right people, wherever in the world they want to do business.