About Barclays

Barclays and Youth Business International (YBI) recently announced a new three-year partnership which will help 67,500 young people to develop their enterprise skills. The partnership is a continuation of the Unlocking Enterprise programme launched in 2010, and support of the Global Entrepreneurship Week is a key element of the partnership.

Enabling the next generation of young entrepreneurs to succeed is an important part of Barclays’ strategy to help 5 million young people to develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential by 2015.

One of the biggest challenges facing communities in the UK is equipping the next generation of young people with the right skills to fulfil their potential.

Barclays is helping tackle this issue by supporting community projects that help disadvantaged young people build the financial, enterprise and life skills that will help them achieve economic independence and security.

A key part of that is encouraging more people to consider entrepreneurship, to develop enterprise skills, and help start-up entrepreneurs to grow their business. This is exactly where Global Entrepreneurship Week comes in.
Barclays offers a wide range of support to communities, individuals and the education sector:

  • Get Ready for Business’ seminars - for budding entrepreneurs looking to take their business idea from the drawing board to the real world and covers the financials, business planning, marketing and getting the fundamentals right from the start.
  • ‘Barclays Local Clinics’ – for established businesses looking to get hands on support about the things that matter most in business, like lending, cashflow and International and how the Bank can help you in these areas.
  • Over 30 seminars and clinics  will be taking place during the week itself and at least 130 during the month of November. The seminars and clinics are run in small groups around the country. You get tips on how to take your business forward plus lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with other entrepreneurs.
  • Barclays Connector - is an online business community that helps you to create new networks, share information and experiences, bid for work, boost your company’s reputation and find new customers and suppliers.
  • Barclays Money Skills - workshops are available at schools, colleges and community organisations. Barclays Money Skills is a leading money management initiative designed to help young people to build the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money more effectively.
  • Barclays LifeSkills – helps young people get the skills and experiences needed to enter the world of work.

Sue Hayes, MD Business Banking, spoke at the launch event on 18th November.

For more information about Barclays’ citizenship work, visit http://group.barclays.com/about-barclays/citizenship/uk