Ever since 1,400 staff were relocated from around the country, Radbroke has prided itself on its social clubs that make use of the site’s sports centre and extensive grounds.
“A sense of family”
Bucknall has worked at Radbroke for 22 years, Rattray for 28. Asked what makes it special, both talk about the self-contained campus and the sense of community. Ever since 1,400 staff were relocated from three Barclays departments around the country in 1972, Radbroke has prided itself on its social clubs that make use of the site’s sports centre and extensive grounds.
“We don’t tend to use the word family about Radbroke but we should because collectively staff would identify with that word,” says Bucknall, who joined in the mid-1990s after graduating from the regional Edge Hill University and a previous spell working in-branch with Barclays. “It has a really open, friendly culture and a real sense that it’s a community.”
“It’s that campus feel,” agrees Rattray, who worked his way up to Managing Director from Computer Operator. “We’re in the country and because we have these lovely facilities, people are a bit more relaxed, a bit more thoughtful about what they want to contribute.”
Radbroke also has a thriving speaker and event programme drawing on its links in the north-west, including development sessions for small businesses, Hackathons – hosted alongside the Barclays fintech workspace Rise Manchester – and coding events.
Among the celebrations planned to mark “Radbroke 100” – which include a special version of the site’s annual charity-fundraiser Family Fun Day, a fireworks display and a charity run – is celebration of the colleagues who have worked at Radbroke for more than 25 years. It could be a crowded occasion: there are over 300 of them.
“There must be something people like about this site,” says Bucknall. “People aspire to come here. The main reason a lot of them have stayed in their roles is about this site. There’s something they enjoy about coming to work that you just don’t find anywhere else.”