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Plymouth Loves Fashion: Barclays bank on a fashionable look

The City Centre Company's

flagship fashion festival is in full swing, and even banks are getting on board.

Barclays Bank is front of the queue when it comes to staff uniforms.

The city centre branch are proud of their uniforms and it may come as a surprise to customers just how on-trend team members' kits are.

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With an eye on style Barclays makes sure staff are comfortable, professional and chic. Over the years it has even enlisted the help of high-profile fashion designer Jeff Banks to help staff feel bang on trend.

Julia Husband, Head of Corporate Relations, thinks the uniform is great and admits that some people even wear it outside of office hours.

She said: "We have always provided a uniform that is on trend. At one stage women were able to wear bootcut trousers.

"The current men's blazer is tweed and different material to the trousers – many of our male colleagues enjoy wearing their blazers outside of office hours."

Not only is Barclays passionate about keeping staff looks up to date, they are also hot on community involvement. They are enabling budding fashion designers from the Marine

Academy to display their designs on May 30. The window space will display locally themed fashion designs from 10 and 11 students

. Amanda Light, head of creative technologies

at the St Budeaux school, is thrilled that strong links with Barclays Bank are giving the pupils a taste of real-world application for their designs, she said:

"Year 10 and 11 students are working on product design and development which is done in addition to their GCSE working."

"They've been tasked with designing a fashion item linked to the Plymouth Loves Fashion theme, so we've got squids, lighthouses, sharks, fish and mermaids."

The project gives pupils from all year groups a chance to flex their design capabilities and get a good understanding of marketing

and advertising briefs. It's also a chance for parents, customers and passers-by to see finished products in Barclays' city branch window.

Plymouth Loves Fashion is continuing until the end of May. Check The Herald for offers and your favourite high-street shops for more details.

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