The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain celebrated its Annual Golden Award on 4th April at the Spanish Embassy in London.

The Annual Golden Award is one of the main corporate events of the Spanish Chamber that acknowledges the significant commercial activity of a Spanish company in the United Kingdom during the previous year.

On this occasion, the awarded company was Banco Sabadell, Spain’s fourth largest banking group and one of the best capitalised Spanish financial institutions. Mr. Josep Oliu, Chairman of Banco Sabadell, received the award on behalf of the company and expressed his gratitude for this recognition.


Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Carlos Bastarreche Sagüe, Mr. Josep Oliu, Chairman of Banco Sabadell and Mr. Javier San Basilio, President of the Spanish Chamber.

The newly appointed Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Carlos Bastarreche Sagüe opened the proceedings and welcomed attendees in his first official address at a corporate event to the members of the Spanish Chamber, of which he is as well the Honorary President.

After his speech, the President of the Chamber, Mr. Javier San Basilio, took the floor to introduce the awarded company and provided further information about the achievements of Banco Sabadell in the UK after the acquisition of TSB, which had won them the Annual Golden Award.


Mr. Oliu shared with attendees his feelings of gratitude for receiving such an important recognition to the extraordinary work of Sabadell Group and its international strategy over the last decade, which has been marked by the takeover of TSB, the UK retail bank carved out of Lloyds Banking Group.

He informed attendees that the immediate future of TBS will now focus on the migration of their technological platform to provide a better user experience and increase customer interaction with the bank.  In fact, he explained that results at the end of 2016 showed a 52% increase in sales through digital channels, which highlights the importance of digital transformation within traditional financial institutions in order to remain competitive against new players.


In his words, this award represents the significant efforts to transform Banco Sabadell from a regional niche operator into one of the biggest banks in Spain, and then into a global financial institution.

The event was attended by nearly 250 guests, representing member companies from both Spain and the UK. On this special occasion guests had the opportunity to extend their network and interact with professionals from the Anglo-Spanish business community in the impressive setting provided by the premises of the Embassy.

We take this opportunity to thank our kind sponsors on this special occasion. We are grateful to our member Brindisa for kindly providing an iberico ham and selection of cheeses and to our Patron Mahou-San Miguel for sponsoring the Alhambra beers that guests enjoyed at the event.

Likewise, special thanks to Leyenda del Páramo for their generous support sponsoring the red and white wines that were served during the evening.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for joining us on this special evening with us.

If you missed our Annual Golden Award, you can now see the full image gallery here and the video with the best moments here.

We encourage you to browse our UPCOMING EVENTS section in order to keep up to date with future Spanish Chamber corporate events, seminars and many other activities.

We look forward to seeing you at the next one!

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