Tools and resources to help your company expand globally

International Desk

International Desk for Foreign Investors


The International Desk team works to support you in expanding your business into new countries and helps you access the Santander global network. In each of the 16 markets where Santander provides corporate banking solutions, we have multilingual teams dedicated to helping clients establish their business or expand their presence further. Our dedicated International Desk gives direct access to the right people, products and services across the Santander global network, as well as providing valuable insight using extensive local market knowledge, including details of the local macroeconomic, financial, and business environment.

Weight of Santander in the market of UK

Santander UK plc, part of the Santander Group, is a leading financial services provider in the UK, offering a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. Our success is built on a focus on retail and commercial banking. We have consistently delivered strong financial results with profits and revenues that are balanced by strict cost-management and responsible lending. This has enabled us to be one of the most efficient financial service providers in the UK. We are committed to building deeper personal customer relationships through increased current account primacy and customer segmentation, rewarding loyalty through a range of special deals and incentives.

We are also committed to build our presence in Small-and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) and mid-corporate lending and retail commercial banking services. This growth will serve to provide a more balanced banking business.

Santander UK in Numbers

  • 15 million active customers
  • 37 Corporate Business Centres
  • 1,187 branches (including agencies)
  • c. 24,000 employees in the UK on a Group basis

Source: Santander UK plc Half Yearly Financial Report 2016

Description of general ID services offered

If your company is thinking about expanding business into the UK, our dedicated International Desk can help provide direct access to the right people, products and services across the UK Santander network.

  • Local team of experts specialised in the internationalisation of companies.
  • Information about the UK market including details of the local macroeconomics, financial and business environment.
  • Offering you information on Santander products and services to support international expansion.
  • Opening accounts and simplifying processes that may otherwise be difficult.
  • Providing ongoing relationship banking.

ASK ID is a new tool available in 13 countries* where the Santander Bank is present, this allows you to schedule a "virtual meeting" through a video conference or conference call with the representative of International Desk in the country where you are planning to invest/establish your business without having the need to travel to the country of destination.  Your business manager / International Desk Specialist in the country of origin will be responsible for scheduling the virtual meeting and taking you along in the process.

Small briefing of services of local offers to companies

Through the International Desk you can have access to local products and services like corporate accounts, cash management services, trade finance solutions, deposit and lending, FX and treasury products. Whether you are an SME looking for your first international opportunity, or a large corporation trading with all corners of the world, Santander is here to help you fuel your international ambitions.

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*Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, Uruguay, and USA.