Barclays joins forces with the British Hospitality Association

As one of the largest industries in the country, the Hospitality and Leisure sector has an important role to play in driving growth across the UK. Over 2.7 million people are employed in the industry, providing approximately 10% of the UK’s workforce. By partnering with the BHA as a Hospitality Economy Partner, Barclays aims to support the industry body’s goal of creating 60,000 new jobs by 2014 and help ensure a thriving hospitality and leisure sector in the UK.

Hospitality and Leisure Team

Our sector specialist team has over 10 years of experience working with both potential new focus areas and developed businesses across the sector to drive growth within the industry. The team operates across many areas of hospitality and leisure, supporting companies that specialise in leisure operation, hotels, professional sport, restaurants and licensed trade, and travel.

Barclays is committed to supporting the growth of Hospitality and Leisure business, and it is vital that our next generation of workers are able to access the varied and fulfilling career opportunities that exist within it. This partnership will bring together our combined expertise to support these goals.

Commitment to Thought Leadership

Barclays’ dedicated sector specialist team is at the forefront of providing support to the Hospitality and Leisure sector. Committed to providing thought leadership and valuable sector insight, our latest research report explores the importance of embracing social media in the sector.

We look forward to sharing more of our research reports and insights with BHA members in the future.

If you would like to read our most recent Hospitality and Leisure research report, please click here.

Life Skills

Barclays’ LifeSkills programme aims to equip one million young people aged 11-19 with the skills they need for work by 2015.

Over 1,750 secondary schools and 100 leading businesses, including McDonalds, Centrica and ISS, as well as small businesses, have already joined the LifeSkills programme.

The interactive LifeSkills website has free resources for businesses, schools and young people, including top tips from LifeSkills Ambassadors and guides explaining how to get the most from work experience. For more information, or to download free LifeSkills resources, click here.

The Big Hospitality Conversation

Barclays is looking forward to supporting, and proud to be engaging with, the BHA’s Big Hospitality Conversation, which is a project that offers apprenticeships in the Hospitality industry to the UK’s unemployed young people.

Mike Thompson, Head of Employability at Barclays, remarked: “We’ve learned from our own successful apprenticeship programme what a great impact that investing in young people can have on your business. Now by partnering with the BHA we hope to take that approach to an industry level and make a really big impact on tackling youth unemployment in the UK.”

To find out more about Barclays’ support for the Hospitality and Leisure sector, please visit Barclays.

Barclays Portraiture - 22.04.13

Mike Saul

Head of Hospitality and Leisure

Corporate Banking