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Barclays returns as Pride in London headline partner for fifth year

10 May 2018, London, U.K. - For the fifth year in a row, Barclays is the headline partner for Pride in London, helping to champion and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) community.


The bank has been a partner of Pride in London since 2013 and first became the lead sponsor in 2014. The long-term relationship underlines Barclays’ ongoing commitment to championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.


Pride in London now attracts over a million people to central London each year, having grown in scale and ambition to become one of the world’s largest Pride events. It provides a platform to campaign for the extension of LGBT+ rights and acceptance at home and abroad.


This year’s Parade through the capital will take place on 7th July 2018.


Polly Shute, Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships, Pride in London, commented:


“Barclays has been a long term partner of Pride in London.  As well as supporting us financially, they have helped with providing meeting spaces, support for community groups and their teams volunteer on parade day to assist with banking all the donations we take.  We are extremely pleased to have them as our headline partner, along with the Mayor of London, for a fifth year.”


Mark McLane, Barclays’ Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, commented:


“Pride in London is a highlight of the LGBT+ calendar in the UK and a key element in our own programme of activities in support of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we are delighted to be continuing our support as headline sponsor. 


“Our on-going relationship with Pride, both in London and across the UK, is just one of the ways in which we show our commitment to the LGBT+ community.  At Barclays we want our colleagues, customers and clients to feel free to express who they are at all times. We’ve made great strides internally in creating an inclusive global workplace, but we want to go further. By supporting Pride in London, we’re saying “this is who we are” and we want to encourage everyone else to be able to say who they are, without fear.”


Alongside the support of Pride in London and across the UK, during 2018 Barclays is also supporting New York City Pride and Tokyo Rainbow Pride.

Notes to editors


  • Barclays has been recognised as a ‘Star Performer’ by Stonewall for consistently demonstrating exemplary practice to support lesbian, gay and bisexual staff
  • Barclays LGBT employee network ‘Spectrum’ has over 3,000 members and can be found tweeting at @barclayspectrum

About Pride in London


The Pride Festival 2017 ran from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July 2017 and celebrated all aspects of the LGBT+ community. In 2017 it is estimated over 1m people came to Pride in London and over 26,000 people and 330 organisations joined the annual Parade, which is the city’s biggest one-day event and one of the world’s biggest LGBT+ celebrations. This year’s Parade takes place on Saturday, 7th July, alongside entertainment and campaigning in Trafalgar Square and Soho.


Pride in London is organised by London LGBT+ Community Pride, a Community Interest Company run entirely by volunteers. The Board of Pride in London is advised by the independent Community Advisory Board.

About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website .