Mike Corcoran

Relationship Director

Industry expert

I’ve worked for Barclays since 1987 and have been a Relationship Director in Corporate Banking since 2004. I began my career in a small branch in Walsall town centre before moving on to do a number of different roles at various branches in and around the Black Country/West Midlands.

I became a small business manager at Bilston branch in 1998 and then moved into Corporate Banking six years later, inheriting a portfolio of clients which included four or five clients that I used to serve when I was a cashier in Walsall – it was nice that 17 years later the owners remembered me!

Strangest place for a client meeting?

One of my clients is a professional football club and one of our meetings was held in an executive box overlooking the pitch whilst an afternoon reserve game was in progress. Attempting to retain focus whilst the game was playing played out behind the Chairman & CEO was a real challenge!

Tell us about a time you’ve helped your client with something beyond banking?

We’re keen to try to support our clients beyond their day-to-day banking requirements, and in the spring we ran a Cyber Fraud & GDPR seminar to keep customers abreast of the latest developments on the fraud front and also make them aware of the changes in legislation regarding GDPR. The seminar was hosted in conjunction with two of my clients, a law firm and an insurance broker, both of whom presented alongside our SSM who delivered the fraud update. Over 80 clients and target businesses attended and enjoyed a networking lunch following the seminar.

Industry expertise

Professional Services

Barclays meet the high expectations of pension administration, legal and accountancy firms with dedicated sector-specialist teams.

What is the most exciting thing happening in your client's industry?

Consolidation has been very much in the headlines. We’ve seen a number of mergers across the accountancy, legal divide. Firms are also reviewing their ownership model to make sure that it’s able to support growth plans.

A merger can create an enhanced service line offering more depth and experience. It can also address any strengths and weaknesses that exist in professional staff credentials. Consolidation increases value, allowing firms to integrate broader solutions to solve clients’ problems. It is sure to remain a key theme moving into 2019. 

If you didn't work for Barclays, what would you be doing?

If age and talent weren’t heavily against me I’d love to have played cricket professionally. I’ve coached junior sides at my club for many years and have got a kick out of watching kids develop and progress, so I guess it would be something involving coaching.