Barclays is one of the world’s leading banks: a major financial services provider with over 300 years of history. From its first days in London’s Lombard Street in 1690, the company has been at forefront of financial services in the UK and around the world. Today, Barclays’ services include personal banking, credit cards (that’s us), corporate and investment banking, and wealth and investment management, all delivered through an extensive international network in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
At the close of 2013, Barclays had operations in more than 50 countries and employed around 140,000 people.
A history of innovation
Barclaycard draws daily on the strength and experience of Barclays Group. But we also look to their history of innovation. Notable Barclays landmarks include its UK stock exchange listing back in 1902, and the appointment of the UK’s first female bank manager in 1958. Barclays unveiled the Britain’s first cash machine in 1967, became the first British bank to list on both the New York and Tokyo exchanges in 1986, and launched the UK’s first debit card in 1987.
The firsts continue, but the point is clear – Barclays has been at the centre of British banking for centuries, and continues to deliver for its customers.
A strong partner
For Barclaycard, the benefits are equally clear. Our success is rooted in our strong relationship with Barclays, which gives us global reach and financial stability. We also share many clients – not only consumers, but also retailers, from local corner stores to some of the world’s biggest high street brands. We also work hand in hand to develop new ways to bring buyers and sellers together, creating products and services that break new ground in retailing and consumer finance.