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Barclays employees have teamed up with a London charity to share their skills and offer support on business development.

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By working together we have identified how our skills including communication, business development and legal teams will be able to support the charity in a sustainable way and in so doing have a positive impact on our local community.
Bill Castell, Chief of Staff, Barclays Europe RBB

Barclays employees have teamed up with a London charity to share their skills and offer support on business development.

The Chief of Staff, Legal and Communications teams from Barclays Europe Retail and Business Banking (Europe RBB) will offer the Royal Docks Learning Centre (RDLC) advice on business planning, legal issues and its communication strategy.

By volunteering their skills, Europe RBB employees aim to enable the community organisation – which provides disadvantaged people with help on training and employment – to broaden its reach to more areas in east London, where the unemployment rate is high.

The partnership will also help to ensure the charity’s work in supporting the area’s economic development is sustainable.

Bill Castell, Chief of Staff, Barclays Europe RBB, said: “We are really pleased to have formed a partnership between Europe RBB and a charity in our local neighbourhood.

“By working together we have identified how our skills including communication, business development and legal teams will be able to support the charity in a sustainable way and in so doing have a positive impact on our local community.”

Gary Ewer, Charity Director, RDLC, added: “The skills that Barclays employees are able to offer will make a real difference to the way we operate and how we develop our organisation. It’s an important way that banks can really add value within communities.”

The partnership is part of Barclays community investment programme, which engages and supports colleagues in giving their time and skills to their chosen community causes.

Last year, more than 62,000 employees volunteered more than 350,000 hours and raised more than £18m to support disadvantaged communities around the world.

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