Banker chips in to help new business

Barclays Bank Business Manager Sohail Iqbal swapped his everyday job behind a desk for serving fast food behind a shop counter last week as he spent the day working alongside his new customer Zafar Iqbal, owner of Bob’s Fish and Chip Shop and Cafe on Railway Street in Nelson.

Sohail, who works at the Nelson branch of Barclays in Manchester Road, swapped his usual suit for an apron for a day as he pledged to find out “first hand” about his customer’s needs and the range of issues which are facing local businesses in Nelson and the surrounding area.

The opening of Bob’s Fish and Chip Shop at the end of last month has been eagerly awaited by the local community.

The shop on the bus/rail interchange has undergone a recent renovation.

The Barclays “back to business” initiative is taking place up and down the country and is one of a range of recent measures introduced by the bank to support businesses achieve their goals and grow.

Sohail said: “As champions of local business, Barclays is committed to supporting the local economy and we are committed to finding out more about businesses in the area to help them achieve their goals.

“The more we know and learn about our customers and potential customers the better.

“This enables us to provide the right levels of support and advice when required.

“Barclays is committed to lending and making it easier for businesses like Bob’s Fish and Chip Shop to access the finance they need to help them grow.”