Barclays plc, usually referred to simply as Barclays, is a multinational financial services and investment bank that was founded in London, United Kingdom, in 1690 by John Freame and Thomas Gould. It is one of the most powerful multinationals in the whole world in terms of corporate control and global financial stability. Barclays offer their customers various different financial products. Customer can choose from everyday current accounts to manage everyday transactions such as direct debits, savings accounts, ISAs and even apply for mortgages and personal loans. They also offer current accounts for business owners.

    The corporation has four main business focusses: personal banking, wealth management, investment management and corporate banking. There are over 4,750 Barclays branches across 55 countries worldwide – over 1, 500 of these branches are located in the United Kingdom. It has a huge annual net income of over £895 million and employs over 79,000 people. It is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

    Barclays Opening Times & Store Locations

    Barclays has over 1,500 establishments in more than 850 towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom. Barclays opening times vary depending on the locations and sizes of the branches. Typically, their opening times will run from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday. The company’s bank branches usually have diminished opening times on Saturdays and are not open on Sundays. The banks predominantly have an ATM in the building that is accessible 24/7. They also have an online banking service which allows you to use certain aspects of their banking facilities at all times. Barclays opening times may vary on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas, Boxing Day, and bank holidays. They may even be closed but the good news is you can find Barclays opening times near you on Their branch locator lets you easily find the opening times of any Barclays establishment.

    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Barclays

    Barclays is one of the largest multinational corporations in the whole world and has become a household name. It is well known for its dealings in the financial services and investment banking industry, but here are 5 things that you didn’t know about Barclays.


    • Barclays was the world’s first corporation to deploy a cash dispenser, which it did so in 1967 in Enfield, United Kingdom, with famous British actor Reg Varney being the first person to use it.
    • The establishment launched the first ever credit card in the United Kingdom, in 1966.
    • The company was also the first to introduce debit card in the United Kingdom, doing so with its Connect card in 1987.
    • Its total assets are worth more than £1.130 trillion.
    • The multinational corporation sponsored The Football League from 1987 to 1993, and the English Premier League from 2001 to 2016.


    Products & Services

    Barclays offers a wide range of products and services for its clients and customers. Most branches have in-store facilities such as internal quick service point, internal and external ATMs with audio, mortgage advisor, card issue facility, Business and Premier account counter, and Digital self-service account opening.   Barclays has a wealth-management option for those who fall into the upper earning brackets - these people are generally invited to work with the wealth management organisation to invest their earnings.

    Their online banking service offers a safe and secure way to manage banking operations. Using this service, customers can make payments to new people, see all accounts in one place, transfer money between accounts, check statements, check account balances, and order a new card or report one stolen.  Barclays have extended this - as have many other banks - into telephone apps so that clients have the ability to manage their finances at all time.

    A Brief History

    Barclays was initially set up in 1690 on Lombard Street, London, and took the name Barclays in 1736 when James Barclay became a partner. The beginning of the 20th Century saw a notable period of expansion for the company as they began acquiring numerous small banks around England. During the middle years of the century, the establishment ventured into the international domain and developed many collaborative operations with corporations worldwide, including the National Bank of South Africa and the Central Bank of India.

    Further international acquisitions dotted the latter years of the 1900s. The 21st Century has seen Barclays grow steadily and in 2008, the corporation purchased New York-based Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Throughout the 2010s, Barclays has been divesting some of its assets, including the sale of its Retail Banking unit to Caixabank in Spain, and over £1.5 billion worth of shares of the Barclays Africa Group.  

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