Santander NI wants to be the bank for SMEs

According to their UK chief executive Santander was to be the go-to bank in Northern Ireland. Ana Patricia Botin, the new chief executive, was previously with Benesto and took control in November of 2010 from Antonio Horta-Osorio.

The Santander team in Northern Ireland has been the best performer in all if Santander UK with regard to customer service and sales. The Northern Ireland staff is qualified to pursue the goals they have place to help grow their business, SME and the corporate aspect of the operation in the region.

With the purchase of Abbey National in 2004 they entered the UK market. Then in 2008 and 2009 they acquired Bradford and Bingley and Alliance and Leicester during the full swing economic crisis.

The Harvard graduate was named of Forbes’ Magazines 100 Most Powerful Women of 2009 and she had enjoyed an illustrious career with Benesto and the Americna financial services giant JP Morgan before she opted to come to Santander in 1988. Her knowledge of the business world is what she feels is proving to be the most helpful to Santander UK’s attempt to get the small firms business.

After three years running a business she returned to banking and it gave her an incredible amount of insight. Often times bankers are always bankers and have not been in any other field. The bank had a good presence in Northern Ireland with over a half a million customers and about 40 branches. With their corporate business centre housed in Belfast’s Mays Meadow.