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South West

Barclays is proud to have an established history of supporting businesses across the South West. We continue to invest in our local and industry knowledge across the region, to help our clients achieve success today and in the future.

A strong history and a bright future in your area

  • We’ve been working with our clients in the South West for more than 80 years1 and our team live locally, so we know the challenges and opportunities you face and can support you accordingly 
  • As one of our clients, you’ll have access to key professional bodies and groups, such as the local CBI and EEF: the manufacturers’ organisation. We also hold regular networking events designed to offer valuable industry insight, as well as new business connections
  • You can take advantage of our experience, with three dedicated points of contact, including an experienced local Relationship Director. Each member of our team is committed to their own small portfolio, allowing them to get to know your business and recognise your needs. We can offer a broad range of products including traditional banking services along with innovations such as Pingit. 

A trusted partner in the South West


The Brendoncare Foundation is a registered charity operating a network of residential, nursing, respite and dementia care homes across the south. Their innovative approach means nobody has to leave their accommodation if their financial situation changes, and the charity does as much as possible to provide a range of care options for individuals and couples. For example, by providing two-bedroom apartments and independent accommodation with the reassurance of on-site carers.

With an ever-increasing older population, and a demand for organisations that provide high quality care combined with kindness and dignity, Brendoncare knew they needed to continue expanding.

Our ongoing relationship made Barclays a natural choice as they sourced funding for their new £14.4m Otterbourne Hill development. It’s set to open in summer 2018, and will include a specialist 64-bed nursing and dementia care home, 20 apartments designed to support couples facing dementia and a community hub.

We’re proud to be working alongside such a vital charity, and are committed to supporting their future growth, as well as their day-to-day banking.

Meet our South West regional team

Martin French, Managing Director, South West region

Martin French, Managing Director, South West region

Martin has 30 years banking experience with Barclays during which he has undertaken a variety of relationship and head office roles.

Currently Managing Director for Barclays Corporate in the South West, he has previously led the Large Corporate team for Barclays in the same area.

Martin has always had a keen interest in transactional financing and prior to joining the South West team, spent ten years in Debt Finance, initially leading transactions but latterly running a London based team responsible for both acquisition and general corporate purpose financing.

Contact our South West regional team
Email Martin or call our dedicated team on 0800 015 4242*

1Source: Barclays, March 2015

Contact our South West team

Need to contact a specialist from our South West team? Call us on:

0800 015 4242*
Email Martin French, Managing Director, South West region