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Scotland’s strong history of innovation in science and engineering has given it a powerful and positive image worldwide. For centuries, this creativity and pioneering spirit has revolutionised industries, with the steam engine, telephone, television, penicillin, tidal energy turbines and even Dolly the Sheep. Having moved on from its industrial and shipbuilding past, Scotland is now one of the biggest UK hubs for tech start-ups outside London.


Eagle Lab lands in Scotland to boost scale-up support

Barclays has opened the doors to Scotland’s first Eagle Lab, in Edinburgh, in partnership with CodeBase.

Prosperity performance proves mixed for Scotland

Third edition of UK Prosperity Map from Barclays Wealth & Investments continues to rank UK regions and cities according to their current affluence.

Online retailers could boost sales in Scotland by offering free deliveries finds Barclays

Shoppers in Scotland are particularly keen on free deliveries and competitive prices finds new research by Barclays.

Murray Capital agrees new banking arrangement with Barclays

Barclays has completed the provision of a major new banking arrangement with Edinburgh headquartered private investment company Murray Capital.

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Our history in Scotland

The first member of the Barclay family to be involved in banking was James Barclay, the son of a Scotsman. In 1733 James married the daughter of John Freame, a goldsmith who traded in London’s Lombard Street. John Freame was also a partner in a banking business which had developed from his trade and which began operating from the Lombard Street premises in 1690. In 1736 James became a partner in this firm, from which Barclays Bank Plc traces its origins.

Corporate Banking - Scotland

Barclays is proud to support businesses across Scotland. We continue to invest in our local and industry knowledge across the country to help our clients achieve success today and in the future.

Research and Insights - Scotland

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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