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Backing the UK

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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).

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Barclays Backing the UK

Every day we help people, families, entrepreneurs, small business owners, company CEOs, home owners, savers and more. Today we tell the story of our contribution to the UK economy and to society.

GROWTH

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Tea is the most international – and somehow also the most British – of products. We look at Barclays’ connection with Hampshire-based Ahmad Tea, a relationship that’s been brewing for more than 30 years.

Spectrum: From Barry Island to the world

In four short years, the founders of makeup brush company Spectrum have gone from packing products in their garage to running a successful global business. We spoke to co-founders, and sisters, Sophie and Hannah Pycroft about finding their market through Instagram, bringing jobs to South Wales – and appearing on America’s Next Top Model.

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History

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.

Partnerships and Programmes

From The Northern Powerhouse Project and Unreasonable Impact partnership to The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN), Barclays is playing a leading role in national and local programmes that aim to help businesses and local infrastructure.

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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