For the next in our Shine A Light series where we tell you a little more about one of our wonderful supporters, we’re introducing Barclays.

Barclays has supported Forever Manchester for the last 6 years. Barclays has strong traditions in Manchester and can trace its history back to four local Manchester banks.

In 1872 the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank was established in King Street, Manchester. It expanded steadily and helped finance the Manchester Ship Canal. It was acquired by Martins Bank in 1928 and subsequently became part of Barclays in 1969.

The Mercantile Bank was established in Manchester in 1890. It opened several branches until it was acquired by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1904. In 1899, the Palatine Bank was established in Manchester. It opened a number of branches until it was acquired by Martins Bank in 1919.

Barclays continues to invest in Manchester, and in 2008, the very first new flagship branch was opened in a prime city centre location on Market Street, they also have strong Corporate and Wealth & Investment Management Teams working out of their Spinningfields office.

Barclays very kindly sponsored the Forever Manchester Business Supporters Lunch in July 2019 and the team at Spinningfields regularly get involved in fundraising activity as well as volunteering. During 2019 they volunteered at the Mirror Ball as well as helping to staff the Forever Manchester pop up shop on King Street, Manchester.

Thanks for all your support.

Date added: 10th June 2020