Barclays’ plan to axe 54 branches by the end of the year is another hit for struggling retailers in small towns and villages, a Welsh retailer told RN.

Barclays is the last bank in the town of Llanidloes, Powys. “This is another strain for small businesses such as ourselves,” said Trudy Davies, of Woosnam & Davies, who manages her payroll through her local branch. “I will now have to drive 15 miles to pay my staff’s wages.”

But Paul Mather, of Sherston Post Office in Wiltshire, said recent bank closures in nearby towns provided him with “an opportunity to grasp with both hands”.

“People can get cash here 12 hours a day,” he said. “They really value our service now the banks have gone.”