Scotland’s largest city has something for everyone, whether you’re a sports fan, food enthusiast, history lover, art admirer, movie buff, shopping devotee or nature explorer.
Glasgow has a world class stadium, gourmet restaurants, captivating museums and galleries, state of the art cinema, a huge shopping centre and a picturesque trail waiting for you.
There is so much to see and do, with particular highlights including the SSE Hydro to enjoy the music of some of the world’s biggest performers; the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome if you fancy taking a cycle where the sport’s elite athletes competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games; the Glasgow Science Centre where you will discover more about the planets in our solar system, the future for clean energy solutions, Scotland’s greatest past scientists, and many more. Aside from a fantastic year-round calendar of events, Glasgow is home to three prestigious universities and a newly constructed City of Glasgow College. The student presence within the city promotes a friendly atmosphere and an electric buzz from which the city’s recently adopted motto has stemmed – “People make Glasgow!”
The office is located in the heart of Glasgow city centre in a stylish townhouse building on West George Street. In the summer of 2017 Barnett Waddingham took occupation of another floor in the building, splitting the various teams across the two open plan floors.
The ever-growing Glasgow office currently holds around 70 employees, representing a number of the firm’s different practice areas, including: Trustee Consulting, Public Sector Consulting, Investment Consulting, Longevity Consulting, Pension Administration, Workplace Health & Wealth, Pensions Management, Small Self-Administered Schemes (SSAS), and Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP).
The closely integrated nature of many of these areas means that the potential to build strong working relationships with different colleagues and teams, and to become involved in exciting and unique projects spanning several practice areas and offices, is vast.
There are no limitations to being the only office in Scotland as the city of Glasgow has excellent transport links. The office is equidistant from Queen Street and Glasgow Central train stations, and trains run services to all major cities in Scotland and also South of the border. By bus, the office is a 10 minute walk from Buchanan bus station, which has buses that run directly to the suburbs of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London, Belfast and many more. The M8 motorway is Glasgow’s main ring-road network which runs around the city and extends to Edinburgh. Glasgow Airport is accessible via the M8 motorway and a 30 minute drive from the office. One of just three cities in the UK, Glasgow boasts its own underground subway system which runs through various areas of the city, and the office is just a 5 minute walk from the Buchanan Street stop.
Having a central location in Glasgow has a number of benefits, and one of these is the wide variety of quality restaurants that surround the office. It’s perfect to take advantage of this on a Friday lunchtime. The Glasgow office is socially cohesive in-and-out of work, colleagues undertake regular weekly activities including 5-a-side football, badminton, yoga and games nights. Barnett Waddingham sponsors a “work hard play hard” ethic through the number of events that the firm organises. One of the most notable events is the firm-wide netball and football competition held in Cheltenham each year.
Glasgow, along with all of the other offices, takes enjoyment in giving back to the community, where once a month we raise funds for a specific charity through dress-down days, bake sales, quizzes and bingo. The Glasgow office is fortunate enough to have a students’ society, the Glasgow Actuarial Student’s Society (GASS) which hosts regular events and engaging talks throughout the year. Several of these events are run in conjunction with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Knowledge Sharing Scotland (KSS) group, a programme comprised of volunteers which aims to bring the Scottish actuarial community together to engage in open and active discussion about the profession’s current hot-topics. One of the best nights of the year is the annual GASS ball, an informal occasion to meet students from other actuarial firms based in the Glasgow. The annual Christmas party, another night worth mentioning, is an occasion for everyone in Barnett Waddingham to enjoy.