Joining this year's elite band of sponsors of the Isle of Man Newspapers' Awards for Excellence is Barclays Wealth, the largest private employer in the Isle of Man.
Greg Ellison, Head of Banking, said: "We're delighted to be supporting an awards programme that celebrates excellence as it complements Barclays Wealth's commitment to creating a culture of excellence in all that we do as an employer, as a major player in the local community and as a provider of world class banking and wealth management services."
"Sponsoring the awards category People Management, Training and Development is especially appropriate as it mirrors our ethos of giving people the opportunity to develop their job and leadership skills and supporting them to achieve their full potential." said Greg Ellison.
He cited the example of Andy Booth who joined the business at 18, was sponsored by Barclays Wealth to pursue an MBA programme at the Isle of Man Business School and now, at the age of 34, is Head of Local Markets and an Associate Director.
Greg Ellison continued: "We have high expectations of our people and are always looking to recruit motivated individuals with intellect and energy, in return for which we will support them to achieve their best."
Barclays Wealth is also a major force within the local community, devoting much time and effort to its role as a corporate sponsor of the Junior Achievement programme.
Ellison said: "As the largest private employer in the Isle of Man, we're keen to apply the skills and expertise of our people to help shape and influence the calibre of the Island's workforce.
We provide financial support for the Junior Achievement programme but, more significantly, contribute human resources and time to the scheme, working with schools to help young people develop the skills for their future careers."
Barclays Wealth also raises substantial sums for local causes – more than 150,000 in the past 3 years – thanks to the dedication of its employees and to the Bank's for matching scheme. Employees vote for, and then channel their fundraising efforts into their charity of the year – this year Manx Cancer Help.
Other causes to have benefited include the Isle of Man Children's Centre's Building Blocks Appeal, Craig's Heartstrong Foundation and Crossroads – Caring for Carers.
"We're fortunate to have so many volunteers who work tirelessly to raise funds for charity.
One such volunteer is Personal Banker Claire Butler, whose passion, energy and commitment to the local community has resulted not only in helping boost the funds of many local causes, but whose efforts have also been recognised in this year's Barclays Chairman's Awards." said Greg Ellison.
As a world class provider of banking and wealth management services, Barclays Wealth recently funded local market research into what its clients – and non-clients – expected from one of the world's leading banking groups.
Greg Ellison said: "It proved a very constructive exercise and the findings have shaped how we develop our services.
We've listened to our customers and in acknowledgement of the importance of face-to-face contact, have retained and expanded our counter services to ensure they are adequately staffed at peak hours and offer Saturday opening.
We're also looking to hold events themed around particular products and services, such as mortgages and investments.
In parallel, we've invested heavily in our online 24/7 banking capability as well as our telephony support and are working on a new Barclays Wealth website for the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey."