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Access to financing

Deliver billions in financing to solve global challenges

  • Barclays has over 270 years heritage working alongside the agricultural industry, with a dedicated team and bespoke services.

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    The only UK bank to offer a dedicated Cleantech team, Barclays has been funding clean energy projects for 15 years.

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    Barclays work utilising debt capital markets to fund climate solutions or to fund projects that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits.

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    We have supported farmers and landowners in a variety of renewable energy projects, including wind, hydro, solar, biomass and anaerobic digestion.

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    The dedicated team support projects in: hydro, solar, wind, biomass and biofuels. Experience working with a wide range of existing low carbon clients gives us a deep understanding of the sector, including: circular economy, sustainability, waste management, recycling and air quality and pollution control.

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    Barclays offers a range of Green Products supporting a variety of eligible environmental activities aligned to our Green Product Framework.

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  • The first bank to introduce industry specialists, we set up our dedicated Education team over 15 years ago.

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    Supporting SMEs to thrive and grow, providing a range of services that can support businesses at every key stage of their development – from start-up, to scale up and IPO. 

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    Serving multinationals, government agencies and their contractors, as well as large non-profits and foundations, focused on international relief and development.

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    We are one of the leading lenders to the sector, offering industry expertise to government departments, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities and embassies.

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    Barclays has 20 years’ of industry experience, was the first bank to have a dedicated Healthcare team and is six time winner of HealthInvestor’s Bank/Lender of the year.

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    Barclays has created a series of indices designed for clients who want socially responsible investment factors in their fixed income portfolios. These include the Barclays Women in Leadership Index and Return on Disability Index.

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    Working with not-for-profit and global development organisations, government bodies and registered charities, 32% of the top 100 charities use Barclays as their main bank.

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    Barclays was the first UK bank to introduce industry specialists and has been actively involved in social housing banking for over 15 years.

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  • Barclays commitment to develop commercial solutions that directly address societal challenges.

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    Barclays has a governance structure in place to facilitate clear dialogue across the business regarding issues of potential environmental and social risk.

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    Barclays research and insights focusing on access to financing.

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New solutions to address global social and environmental challenges are emerging rapidly, but need access to financing to commercialise and scale. Institutional and individual investors are also increasingly taking account of sustainability factors and looking for opportunities to invest in a way that generates financial return and impact.

Banks have a crucial opportunity to help bridge the finance gap with the investment needed to commercialise and scale these solutions and support a move to a low-carbon economy, by providing finance capital for clients, including governments, businesses and supranational institutions.

At Barclays, this will allow us to explore emerging markets and the development of social and environmental solutions in partnership with our clients and stakeholders. 

Our commitment: Deliver billions in financing to solve global challenges.

We will continue to facilitate access to funding solutions for areas including environmental financing, socially-beneficial infrastructure, development institutions and small business financing. We will build an impact investing proposition in our Wealth business and continue to grow our Green Bond Treasury portfolio. Executing on this commitment will underpin new sources of sustainable growth, provide financing to key solutions and enable Barclays to generate returns by acting as a key intermediary in mobilising significant flows of capital that need to grow over time.

We recognise that private and public sector actors are continuing to identify innovative solutions and develop supportive policy frameworks to enable the transition to a more sustainable global economy. We aim to work with our clients and other stakeholders to navigate these trends and deploy our intellectual capital and convening power. We will continue to support global partnerships such as the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, Equator Principles and the Banking Environment Initiative.

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Our Bank has more than 50 dedicated sector teams. 

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Our investment bank in turn offers comprehensive financial advisory, capital raising, financing and risk management services for corporations, governments and financial institutions worldwide. 

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Case studies

With a vision to combat climate change, Estover develops large scale biomass-fuelled power plants generating low carbon, sustainable renewable energy. A leader in the conception, design, development, engineering and management of these power plants, Estover’s challenges to a finance partner are highly varied and complex.

Utilising specific industry expertise across a wide number of teams, Barclays took the time to understand these multifaceted projects, providing specialised finance solutions and products. With one power plant in operation and another in construction, the energy that Estover and Barclays applied to the success of the projects will help power local industries and homes for many years to come.

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“Coding is increasingly important, and Barclays is helping us to impart a valuable skill.” Yonatan Raz-Friedman, Co-Founder

Established in 2012 by three Co-Founders, Kano is a new kind of computer company; inspired by a Co-Founder’s son, the team wanted to design a computer that was as easy to assemble as building blocks.

Having started the business in a front room, Kano moved into office premises in 2014, and now operates globally. By inspiring children to learn about technology and code, Kano computers are equipping tomorrow’s generations with valuable, employable skills.

Understanding Kano’s vision, Barclays provided a USD $1m working capital facility to enable Kano to move into a mode of continuous manufacturing, to meet the extraordinary demand for the product.

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