BANKING bosses have chosen a historic former grammar school in East Lancashire for their first business hubs outside the major cities.

In a coup for Burnley, Barclays has chosen The Landmark for one of their Eagle Labs, designed to provide advice and support services for emerging start-up businesses.

The venture at the recently-renovated old Burnley Grammar School building will join similar labs in London, Manchester, Leeds and Cambridge.

Last month the Lancashire Telegraph revealed how +24 Marketing had already established a home at the grade II listed site and was eager for the location to become a digital mecca for the county.

Mark Crabtree, of soundboard giants AMS Neve, who founded the centre, said: “This is a significant milestone, both for our current members using the unique facilities offered at The Landmark and for the wider business community.”

“Barclays Eagle Labs will bring support and innovation for ambitious young start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking to develop their businesses.

“We look forward to working with their team and to offering our members the opportunity to access their entire UK network....opening up fantastic opportunities for future growth and collaboration.”

Some of the services on offer for patrons include start-up workshops and seminars on how to start a business and how to scale up.

Plans are also in the pipeline for sector-specific events at The Landmark.

Work is currently still ongoing on the oldest part of the old school to offer any more accommodation.

Jon Hope, Eagle Labs’ director, added: “We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Landmark, where Barclays Eagle Labs will be extending our award winning support to The Landmark members via our Manchester and Salford sites and colleagues.”