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Backing the UK

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Partnerships and Programmes

Backing the UK

“We are a British bank that is dedicated to the United Kingdom. We will do whatever we can to help our customers and our clients deal with the adjustments that invariably will come because of the Brexit vote.” (Jes Staley, Group CEO, Barclays).

Building Thriving Local Economies

At a time of economic change, it’s really important to work together to help the UK to go forward. We believe that economic success comes from the hard work of people and businesses in local communities around the UK. Partnering with them and others, we will learn about different types of economy and commit to action on the ground – beyond our day-to-day products and services – to help those economies thrive.

Helping to deliver the Northern Powerhouse

Barclays and the UK Government have agreed key priorities to deliver economic growth, champion the region and sharpen efforts to help its connectivity. More broadly, we want to promote and celebrate major projects in the North which really help to demonstrate the tangible growth of the Northern economy.

Backing the UK's exporters

Barclays has partnered with The Policy Institute at King's College, London to look at how the UK can improve its export performance.

Supporting female entrepreneurs

The Female Founders Forum is a joint initiative established by Barclays and The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) in 2016, bringing together the UK’s most prominent and successful businesswomen to collectively tackle obstacles to female enterprise.

News

COMMUNITY

Barclays LifeSkills to help tackle UK employability skills gap

Barclays’ LifeSkills programme to be extended to support the entire UK workforce

Barclays launches initiative to build thriving local economies

Barclays is joining forces with local authorities, academics, schools and business groups to boost local economic growth, under a major five-year programme.

GROWTH

All aboard with Barclays’ new £500m fund for Northern SMEs

Barclays Group CEO Jes Staley visited a 40-year-old family-run bus refurbishment company in Northumberland as part of a tour of businesses across the North East of England.

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Our history in the UK

Barclays traces its ancestry back to two goldsmith bankers, John Freame and Thomas Gould, who were doing business in Lombard Street, London in 1690. In 1736, Freame’s son, Joseph took his brother-in-law, James Barclay on as a partner, and the name has remained a constant presence in the business ever since.

Research and Insights

Here you can get the lowdown - the interesting and sometimes surprising facts, figures and insights about your local community, a region, or even all of the UK.

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Our regions

East Anglia

East Anglia plays a key role in the UK’s economy and beyond, with world-leading expertise in life sciences, food and health research (worth £3 billion) a leading edge ICT and digital sector (worth £6 billion) and a rapidly expanding £1 billion offshore renewable energy industry.

East Midlands

The East Midlands has an area of 15,627 km2 and is home to over 4.5 million people. There are four main urban centres – Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton.

West Midlands

It contains the second most populous British city, Birmingham and the larger West Midlands conurbation, which includes the city of Wolverhampton and large towns of Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and West Bromwich.

London

One of the most diverse cities in the world London is a global leader in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transportation.

North East

The North East stretches from Northumberland in the North to Teesside in the South of the region and is home to three cities; Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has one of the youngest and best educated populations in Europe, and outside of London, it is the UK’s leading region for attracting inward investment.

North West

This is one of the most exciting corners of the country, its dynamic urban centres, unrivalled countryside, iconic seaside resorts and historic towns making it one of the most eclectic and exciting regions in the UK.

Scotland

For a small country (by population the 113th largest in the world) Scotland’s strong history of innovation in science and engineering has given it a powerful and positive image worldwide.

South East

It’s difficult to pigeon hole the South east with a population of 9.1 million and an annual economic output second only to London at £249bn, the region makes an immense contribution to the success of UK PLC.

South West

There is much more to the region than picture postcard villages and wide, sandy beaches. No other region of the UK has the South West's rich diversity. Ancient monuments and historic market towns co-exist with modern business parks and high-tech communications.

Wales

Mother Nature shaped Wales as a country full of visual drama and splendour. Then human beings added a million stories – of druids, castles and conflict; of industry and innovation.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest county in England and is known for its Roman and Viking heritage, as well as its Norman castles, medieval abbeys, Industrial Revolution-era cities and two national parks.

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