Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Birmingham; Hastings; Basingstoke
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding

350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
140 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 July 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


UK bank Barclays has announced plans to close sites in Hastings and Birmingham with the loss of 350 jobs. Staff in the asset and sales finance divisions of Barclays Business Banking will be affected. However, as part of the same wave of restructuring, 140 posts will be created with the expansion of its operation in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Stephen Price, managing director of Barclays asset and sales finance, said the bank had to move with the market to ensure future success.

'Our customers have told us what they want - a more slick and streamlined process.'

He said it had not been an easy decision, but Barclays was aiming to minimise job losses by redeploying and retraining staff. Keith Brookes, of the union Amicus, which represents bank workers, said it was endeavouring to keep compulsory redundancies to an absolute minimum.

'We are confident that the vast majority of the job cuts will be dealt with through natural attrition and redeployment,' he said.


  • 4 July 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Barclays Business Banking, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63744, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63744.