L&G upsets the villagers

The news that Legal & General is to close its flagship Surrey headquarters has been met with joy from neighbouring villagers, WSJ has learnt.

WSJ’s sister title Money Marketing recently revealed L&G’s plans to close its 50-acre Kingswood office, which employs 1,700 people.

The site is described on L&G’s website as a “truly exceptional working environment” with a “campus-like atmosphere”, complete with a swimming pool and tennis courts.

But WSJ can reveal working life at the office was a far cry from this Center Parcs-esque heaven.

An insider, who worked at the site for several years, says the location meant staff were regularly trapped in the car park at the end of the day.

The source says: “There was only one route out of the car park, so if you tried to leave at 5 o’clock you got stuck. It was like trying to leave a concert every night.

“Plus the only way out was to drive through a tiny village. Once, the villagers got so angry with the traffic they blocked the exit to the car park with caravans.”

WSJ was unable to confirm rumours the caravan blockade was organised by rival auto-enrolment providers attempting to gain an edge on their rival.