A prominent figure of UK banking arrived at Heriot-Watt University to discuss entrepreneurship and the need for continued support for Small and Medium-sized businesses

Nathan Bostock, Santander UK’s CEO took part in a special panel discussion that included representatives of several Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The SMEs have recently benefitted from welcoming Heriot-Watt students into their organisations through the Santander internship scheme.

The banking Chief spoke of Santander's ongoing commitment to helping higher education and business across the country.
He said: "Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK. It’s been great to visit the University and see first-hand the real impact of our joint programmes including our internship scheme which is helping to improve the employability of young people in the region, as well as helping local businesses access new skills and talent.”

Hosted by Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the panel examined support for SMEs and entrepreneurship and how internships play a pivotal role in this.
Professor McGregor said: "We are delighted to welcome Nathan Bostock to Edinburgh Business School and we are grateful for his insight and support.

We want to encourage the development and growth of start-up businesses, and events like this facilitate knowledge sharing and bring the entrepreneurial community together.
Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Business School have a long history of supporting small business start-ups and encouraging entrepreneurship.

Earlier this summer, The Duke of York opened our first on-campus Business Incubator, where we provide help for early stage businesses to validate their ideas and identify suitable markets for their products.

Entrepreneurs value advice from highly experienced business leaders like Nathan, and we are delighted to be able to host this event and to support the business community.”

Heriot-Watt University has strong links with Santander. Since 2016, both institutions have worked closely to deliver unique learning experiences that provide students with the relevant insight and skills to help them prosper in today's changing world.

The Santander Universities SME Work Placement Programme provides current pre-final year students with paid work experience within small and medium sized businesses. The scheme provides £1,000 for each placement.