Reigate bank branch relaunched by local MP

L-R: Nigel Taylor (Community Banking Director – Barclays), Crispin Blunt MP, Tia Howell (Branch Manager Barclays)

 

The Reigate branch of Barclays was formally relaunched earlier this month following a major refurbishment, with Reigate MP Crispin Blunt cutting the ribbon.

The scale of the renovation meant the branch had to close for a number of weeks over the autumn.  The banking hall has been expanded and refurbished, with a new layout and a mix of self–service technology and traditional counters.

The branch has been a bank for 105 years, having started life as a London & South Western bank in 1913.  The company merged with Barclays in 1918 which means that this year the branch marks a century of serving customers under the Barclays name.

Crispin Blunt visited the bank for the relaunch on 2 November, and to meet the team.

Reigate branch manager Tia Howell said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Blunt to the branch and show him the improvements we have made.

I’m proud that the branch has benefited from this refurbishment, it’s a big investment for Reigate and a vote of confidence in the town.

There has been a Barclays on this site for 100 years and I look forward to supporting customers in Reigate for many years to come.”

Mr Blunt’s visit coincided with a fraud awareness event at the branch: he was updated on Barclays’ Digital Safety Campaign which was launched last year to raise awareness of the risks of digital fraud and scams, and practical ways in which people can better protect themselves online.

Crispin Blunt said:

“I’m delighted Barclays have reinvested in their historical local branch in Reigate.

This is a welcome refurbishment which will significantly improve the service.

Whilst visiting, I was interested to hear more about fraud awareness and learn how staff are being vigilant in helping to keep customers safe through Barclay’s Digital Safety Campaign.”

Other banking news in Reigate this year has been the Holmesdale becoming part of Skipton and the closure of the town’s Natwest.

 

Barclays in Reigate in 1962

 

 

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