Regional Director of Santander Corporate and Commercial Gwyn Price is delighted that his team won Corporate Bank of the Year at the Insider Media South East Dealmakers’ Awards. They had been nominated several times before but hit the jackpot at the Copthorne Hotel, Gatwick, on 2 February.
A delighted Gwyn, said: “It is external validation of a journey we set out on eight years ago – providing a solid relationship with clients and building the business. The team can be very proud of the achievement.”
What will the award mean to clients? “I hope they already believed in what we offer and can see we are determined to grow the bank, not sit on our laurels,” says Gwyn, who has worked for Santander since 2009, after an earlier career with other high street banks.
Gwyn explains that his team’s strength is in providing its clients with “credible staff who believe in the journey. We help business owners achieve their goals and ambitions.” Services offered by Santander Corporate and Commercial include growth capital, structured finance and traditional debt and overdrafts. Staff also mentor companies wanting to expand overseas, accompanying them on trade missions abroad and supporting them through the maze of regulations.
Relationship Directors with Santander’s South East corporate team work closely with companies, visiting their offices to see the business “on the ground”, says Gwyn. This is vital in gaining an insight into individual issues.
During Gwyn’s time with Santander, he has seen the team generate a meaningful share of the corporate market, an example being a London luxury brand company, for which the bank provided circa £10 million in funding to help it achieve global growth. “We’re on an exciting journey. I believe in it and I am determined to see the team remains true to that belief,” Gwyn says.