A story of innovation
Our story begins in 1690 when John Freame and Thomas Gould started trading as goldsmith bankers on Lombard Street, London. In 1736 John’s son-in-law, James Barclay, joined the business giving it the name we know today. Since then, Barclays has been a leader in innovation; funding the world’s ﬁrst industrial steam railway, naming the UK’s first female branch manager and introducing the world’s first ATM machine. And those are just a few highlights from our first 300 years.
Today, Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide.
Along the way Barclays has always focused on serving the needs of its customers. In the US, Barclays Online Banking brings an accessible, intuitive and secure banking experience to customers. And we‘re growing every day. For more, watch our "About us" video to see the whole story.