Santander is committed to helping our customers prosper by working with them to take advantage of new opportunities and plan for the future. We’re passionate about helping ambitious businesses to succeed. Building long-lasting relationships with SMEs runs deep in our heritage. We’ve come to know and understand the needs of our customers, which has helped us to appreciate the challenges they face and the support they need to overcome them.

Santander Breakthrough has championed the cause of Women Business Leaders from the inception of the programme in 2011. By engaging with partners like Cause4, Enterprising Women, and for the first time last year with Precious, the Breakthrough programme supports female entrepreneurs through facilitating Business education programmes, Mentor schemes for Women Business Leaders, and bespoke events. All activity is aimed at providing Women Business Leaders with the support of, discussions with and access to high profile, successful business women who can help them transform their business.


UnLtd logo_smallWith social and economic inequality growing in the UK, more people than ever are using innovative and sustainable business ideas to help drive social change.

Whether they are providing jobs, improving the lives of people in later life, or making a positive impact in the places where they live and work, these social entrepreneurs put social purpose at the heart of what they do, ahead of financial gain.

We think social entrepreneurs make a difference and need our support. We find, fund, and support them to bring their ideas to life and build sustainable social ventures.

Since 2002, working in partnership, we have supported over 16,500 social entrepreneurs. Last year they helped more than 870,000 people to improve their lives. From starting up to scaling up, UnLtd’s unique package of support and funding helps social entrepreneurs to realise their untapped potential and build a better society for all. Together, we are unstoppable.


Business & IP Centre

Business & IP Centre was launched in 2006 with the aim to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. Providing small business advice, support and resources the Centre has been used by more than 350,000 individuals, a number that increases alongside our offering of business support. The success is partly due to the free business resources available to anyone who wants to use the comprehensive collection of databases and publications, as well as a great number of workshops, advice sessions and other events.

The Ilesha Charitable Trust

The Ilesha Charitable Trust is a private family trust that makes on-going and impact donations to Science, Technology & Diversity initiatives & causes. @IleshaTrust

BAME Recruitment

Since 2015 BAME Recruitment has been committed to delivering inclusive
recruitment and consultancy services, helping businesses reach more qualified
candidates from diverse communities and other underrepresented groups. As
a diversity and inclusion consultancy firm, we are passionate about working to
nurture talent, helping maintain a representative demographic profile within
organisations and addressing any imbalances that might currently exist.
Our focus is on aligning candidates to the right organisation with an inclusive
culture to help them flourish and enhance the business they are working for.
BAME Recruitment work within the private, public and charity/not-for-profit
sectors on ways to better attract and retain staff from BAME, LGBT+, female
leaders, disability and other diverse backgrounds.

We strive to create a positive impact from diversity and inclusion initiatives
and work with organisations to create role models who will empower the next
generation of leaders across all sectors of employment. It is imperative that
future generations have outstanding and relatable role models that they can
look up to, and who inspire individuals to push themselves further.
BAME Recruitment is delighted to continue supporting the incredible work of
The Precious Awards in highlighting the success of women of colour, and we
are proud to sponsor The Outstanding Woman in Public Sector Award.