Backing the UK

When the societies where we operate succeed, Barclays succeeds. That is why, for over three centuries, we have risen to the challenges that our communities face, and played our part.

We are proud to be part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, where we help the 23 million customers and almost one million businesses, who put their trust in us, every day.

Backing female-led businesses through COVID-19 and beyond

When the UK succeeds, Barclays succeeds. With the trust of 24 million customers and nearly one million businesses, inclusive UK economic growth is essential for our success.

At Barclays we’re committed to doing everything we can to help the UK build back better, levelling the playing field for female-led businesses so that more female founders start up and run businesses across the UK.

Back female led businsses
Why Barclays has pledged to support 100,000 female-led businesses

Barclays is launching a major new commitment to support 100,000 women start up and run their own businesses, as a new report highlights the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on female-led, equity-backed businesses. 

Charisse Smith

“When life throws curveballs, I react with new initiatives”

COVID-19 has posed significant challenges to UK female entrepreneurs, but many have found ways to thrive in these challenging times. We talk to CMe Media Founder and Barclays customer, Charisse Smith, about her journey from teenage single motherhood to successful business owner. 

Helping SMEs to succeed

Small businesses are the lifeblood of towns, cities and rural communities across the country. They drive growth, create jobs and spread prosperity.  

With our dedicated £14bn lending fund and network of on-the-ground relationship managers, we’re backing SMEs to keep on powering the UK economy. 

Siren Brewery

In Business: brewing up a storm

How Barclays’ £14bn SME lending fund is helping one prize-winning British brewer – Siren Craft – expand and export to new markets

Adverse Weather Fund

Barclays launches £50 million Adverse Weather Fund to support SMEs and farmers

Barclays has announced that it has made a £50 million fund available to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and rural businesses impacted by the recent flooding

Tom Lewis

“People are asking how to Brexit-proof their business”

Barclays Manufacturing Relationship Director Tom Lewis on how Barclays is getting ‘on the front foot’ to support businesses through Brexit

Elizabeth Asplin

Putting farmers on the front foot

Barclays’ Agricultural and Agritech Manager Lizzie Asplin on how the bank is helping British farmers navigate the uncertainties of Brexit

North West Rising: Backing local businesses in a region on the up

Group CEO Jes Staley visits Liverpool Eagle Lab to talk to local businesses about our package of support for UK SMEs.

Full Steam Ahead: From a van to 100 manufacturing staff

Barclays client Mersey Vent Ltd offers ventilation solutions to the construction industry. During a visit to Liverpool, Group CEO Jes Staley heard how Barclays has helped them to grow into a manufacturing business with the support of one of our network of over 1,000 UK relationship managers.

Backing the UK with our campaigns


Helping local economies to thrive

Collaborating with local stakeholders to maximise opportunities for the UK’s communities.


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.


Helping local SMEs succeed in the global economy

Supporting businesses across the UK with finance, expert advice and on the ground help.

Our latest campaign progress

Formidable farmers

Through thick and thin: Barclays helps farmers build resilience

As Britain’s farmers navigate a time of uncertainty, Barclays is helping them stay on track.


“Society shouldn’t give up on people who have criminal records”

We hear from Barclays Relationship Support Manager Sabrina Boanu–Williams MBE about how her experience on the streets as a teenager inspired her to help others in difficult circumstances.


Female Founders Edinburgh: promoting ‘persistence and resilience’

In the third year of the project, we sat in on a roundtable event in Edinburgh where members grappled with the relationship between women’s leadership styles – and a company’s ability to access finance.


Recycling Technologies

To help people at this years Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Festival recycle previously unrecyclable plastic, we’ve partnered with an innovative UK business called Recycling Technologies.


Barclays Air cabs

To help tackle London’s concerning air pollution issue, we’ve partnered with a UK business called Airlabs to put a new fleet of clean air cabs on the streets of London.


Barclays backs UK SMEs through Brexit with a package of support including a £14bn lending fund

Barclays has today announced a £14bn* lending fund as part of a series of initiatives to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to succeed and flourish through Brexit and beyond.


SME Brexit clinics

As uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on UK business continues, we report on how Barclays is offering practical support to SMEs.


Is your business 5G-ready?

Just 15% of business decision makers are thinking about how they can utilise the new technology


Barclays hosts Trade Minister to discuss promoting UK exports

Experts share their thoughts on the opportunities for businesses to start exporting