Backing the UK

Thriving Local Economies

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following discussions with our partners, we have taken the decision to postpone activity relating to the Building Thriving Local Economies Project for the foreseeable future. The health and wellbeing of all those involved with the project is our top priority.

We will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, schools, colleges and other organisations can get guidance on using the LifeSkills content directly by contacting us at barclayslifeskills@barclays.com


At a time of economic change, it’s really important to work together to help the UK to go forward. We believe that economic success comes from the hard work of people and businesses in local communities around the UK. Partnering with them and others, we will learn about different types of economy and commit to action on the ground – beyond our day-to-day products and services – to help those economies thrive.

Our Thriving Local Economies initiative will focus on four pilot areas in geographically different parts of the country and representing different types of place. 

Read more about Thriving Local Economies

Thriving Local Economies: A Review of What is Known by Philip Collins, Demos Projects (PDF 1.33MB)

Bury Commission on Life Chances (PDF 1.2MB)

Taunton Deane Life Chances Report (PDF 491KB)

Kilmarnock Life Chances Report (PDF 64KB)


For more information, email: thrivinglocaleconomies@barclays.com

Taunton Dene

Our third pilot: Taunton Deane

Taunton Deane has been chosen as the bank’s third local economy pilot location as part of its study into different types of communities.

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Our second pilot: Kilmarnock

With a rich industrial history, there are huge opportunities for Kilmarnock’s workforce to develop their skills and local businesses to grow.


Our first pilot: Bury

Bury, in Greater Manchester, will be our first pilot area. Barclays has been present in Bury, in one form or another, since 1798 when woollen merchants John Grundy and Abraham Wood founded a predecessor bank based in Silver Street.

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