As part of our Basing Folk campaign and to celebrate International Men's Day, we spoke to influential men from around Basingstoke Town Centre. One of these was David Rushbrook, Relationship Director with Barclays Corporate Bank.
What is your current role?
The Relationship Director with Barclays Corporate Bank. This involves managing a portfolio of around 30 clients, who operate in the 10 – 30 million-pound turnover. Often these are owner-managed businesses, but they can also be owned by corporates and foreign companies. This is based in Basingstoke and the wider Thames Valley.
What’s the most interesting part of your role?
Building relationships with the businesses and the individual business owners. I get to help them grow and develop their businesses in a variety of ways. We ensure they are safe from a risk point of view, lending money and suggest ideas or solutions that might not involve banking but other areas of commerce.
What’s your most vivid memory of working in Basingstoke?
Working for Barclays, they used to own the iconic large building on the Eastrop roundabout. I’ll always remember working there. Even though the lease ran out and Barclays moved on we are still very much a part of the town. It would also be helping local Basingstoke businesses; I find this the most rewarding.
What are the challenges for a man in your role?
I think when you’re not given enough time to react, or when unexpected things happen. Things that could have been planned for are not, and then you receive a last-minute plea for help. Although this is never a good thing, it does let you set yourself apart and show that you want to try and help your client. You drop everything to make it possible. I’ve had some clients and relationship that are coming up for 20 years, they have grown into a business and personal relationship now.
What do you see as the future of Basingstoke?
I think the future for Basingstoke looks very bright. I believe we have a good council, that are strong in terms of financial ability. Every council is squeezed to a certain extent, but Basingstoke and Deane have managed their funding well over the years. I think they have a good idea and vision for the future, which as they continue to work on. We will see an increase in population, which will have its own challenges, but it will increase the economic area, which will increase the prosperity of the town as a whole.
What advice would you give young men starting their careers?
Do something that you enjoy, and do enjoy it because it will go quickly. You’ll have bad days, and you’ll have pressure, but if you challenge yourself through that, you’ll come through stronger. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and challenge yourself to be the best you can.