The APPG for Trade & Investment hosted a reception in Parliament with Santander to celebrate the achievements of their Breakthrough programme for exporters. Breakthrough is a growth-capital fund and development programme for fast-growth SMEs in the UK. It was established in December 2011 to address a funding gap in the market for SMEs that were growing quickly.
Also speaking at the event was Ana Botin, CEO of Santander, and Andy Hill from I Like Music, a SME which has received support from the Breakthrough programme
Margot said: “I was delighted to host a reception in Parliament, on behalf of the APPG for Trade & Investment, to celebrate the good work being done through the Breakthrough programme. So much of the APPG’s work is focused on reaching out to SMEs and supporting them in their efforts to export and grow, a goal that we share with the Breakthrough programme. It is great to see the extent to which Santander have been able to transform the prospects of the businesses involved with the scheme, and give them the tools to grow.”