Banco Santander has grown up from its local beginnings in 1857, in the small northern Spanish city of Santander, to become a regional, national, then European and finally, a global player operating in 10 main countries. Santander Group is a diverse retail and commercial bank with over 188,000 employees and 125 million customers. In terms of our communities, Santander Group has helped 1.2 million people and currently has 3.6 million shareholders. At Banco Santander we have more than 160 years of experience supporting companies in their international business, providing coverage to their exports and imports in more than 150 countries.
Furthermore, Banco Santander also has one of the most extensive own or investee international banking networks, with the capability to support customers in establishing abroad and foreign investments in more than 30 countries thanks to agreements with first-rate local banks that streamline the processes of opening current accounts abroad, with access to a value offer for businesses.
International Desk is a specialist team, deployed throughout Santander Group, to support companies in their internationalisation projects. Since it was created in 2011, we have supported more than 5,000 customers in their international deployment and more than 2,200 foreign companies with setting up in Spain.
At Santander, we also drive the business of foreign companies by helping them to set up branches in Spain and through a value offer specifically for multinationals.