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The importance of support for SMEs, internships and entrepreneurship to the regional economy

Business Leaders Lecture Series - Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive Officer for Santander UK

Nathan Bostock Business Leaders
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Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK, will be joining a panel to discuss the importance of support for SME’s and entrepreneurship for the regional economy, and how internships and degree apprenticeships can play a role in this.

  • From: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 5.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 8 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 5, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 14 October 2019, 4.00 pm
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Lecture Details

Since 1996, Santander Universities has donated over €1.5bn to universities globally and in the UK, including East Midlands and Nottingham. Santander Universities provides impactful, diverse and inclusive support to higher education, through a focus on education, entrepreneurship and employability.

This panel discussion will consider the importance of support for SMEs and entrepreneurship to the regional economy, and how internships and degree apprenticeships can play a role in this. Hear panellists’ experience first-hand, including the opportunities they have realised and challenges they have faced. The discussion will also explore how the support landscape is changing and what measures businesses and universities can take to adapt.

Nathan Bostock

Nathan Bostock was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK plc on 29 September 2014. He has served on the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board since 2015. Nathan joined Santander UK from The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (“RBS”), where he was an Executive Director and Group Finance Director. He previously held the post of Group Chief Risk Officer, having joined RBS in 2009.

Nathan served on the Board of Abbey National plc (now Santander UK plc) as an Executive Director, from 2005 until 2009. He joined Abbey National plc in 2001, holding a number senior positions including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Finance, Markets and Human Resources.

Prior to this, Nathan held a number of executive positions at RBS (1991 – 2001), after seven years with Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of areas and functions. Nathan is a chartered accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.

Melanie Currie

Prior to becoming Associate Dean, Melanie was Head of Undergraduate Programmes at Nottingham Business School where she had strategic responsibility for the School's Undergraduate Programmes and architected the School's plan for the design, development and delivery of the programme portfolio. Melanie is passionate about innovative curriculum design and working with students, employers and various external bodies to ensure collective involvement in the portfolio design.

Melanie is a member of the EFMD Undergraduate Steering Committee and has co-ordinated and Chaired a number of their Undergraduate Conferences and has experience in Chairing and participating in validation and accreditation activities nationally and internationally. More recent developments include developing the personalisation project work at Nottingham Business School which is key to enriching the student experience across all the suites of programmes at the School.

Jess Barnett - The Treat Kitchen

Jess Barnett is a Director at TTK Confectionery in Nottingham. the company specialises in food gifting design and development, selling products into 25,000 stores worldwide. Jess co- runs the business with her husband and brother in law. TTK is a growing business and Jess is working on the development and expansion of the business by looking at potential overseas markets and exploring new opportunities for the company.

Santa Brice - The Treat Kitchen

Santa is an NTU graduate from 2017 who undertook a Design Coordinator internship with TTK Confectionary Ltd, Santa is now employed as Creative Lead in a permanent position with the company.

I’ve always been passionate about art and design. The Fashion Marketing and Branding course at NTU sounded like the perfect opportunity for me to get out there after being a full time mum. I really enjoyed the studies that gave me the confidence and knowledge to apply for a design related job. My internship with TTK Confectionery started after I graduated and I become permanent full time member shortly after, doing both social media marketing and design. I have grown in my role and now lead the Creative department. I cannot stress out how much NTU has helped me and how my internship led me into what I’m doing now. It is exciting to see my designed products being sold in department stores such as Urban Outfitters, Debenhams, Wilko, TK Maxx and elsewhere.

This event is open to NTU students and staff, local businesses, Santander business colleagues, and the general public.


17:30 - 18:00 Arrival and refreshments
18:00 - 18:05 Welcome and introductions
18:05 - 18:10 Nathan Bostock speech
18:10 - 19:00 Panel discussion
19:00 - 19:30 Q&A
19:30 - 20:00 Refreshments, wine and canapes
20:00 Close

Location details


Lecture Theatre 5


Newton Building
Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street

Past event

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