INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Santander trials first ‘work cafe' in the UK for small businesses, entrepreneurs

The cafe, launching on 18 July, will also be open to customers of other banks.

High street lender Santander is trialling its first UK “work cafe” in Leeds, offering small businesses owners and entrepreneurs free co-working spaces and banking facilities.

The group’s first cafe is launching on 18 July, and will be open to customers of other banks, positioning itself as a hub for “nurturing new business ideas and fostering collaboration in a relaxed atmosphere”.

“Work cafes have been a huge success with our customers in other countries around the world, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the response here in the UK,” Santander UK head of retail and business banking Susan Allen said.

Prior to the UK, Santander initially developed the “work cafe” concept in Chile in 2016 and has since grown to a 50-strong chain, spanning Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina.

If successful in Leeds, Santander said it may look to roll it out further across the UK.

Photo credit: Banco Santander Chile Facebook

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