Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs nearly 147,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide.

Why Barclays is supporting the Big Innovation Centre

"Barclays has been working hard to support lending to SMEs. In the first half of this year we supported 50,000 business start-ups, and lent £7bn to SMEs approving over 80% of loan applications - on average one every four minutes.

But we still need to do more. We must ensure we reconnect with our customers, and small businesses need to know that ?we are open for business', because they are at the heart of our business.

As we play our part in restoring the British economy to health we need to boost and facilitate business growth and support our SMEs. We know that in the years to come fast-growing, knowledge-based SMEs will be key to Britain's economic success, and we share the Big Innovation Centre?s aims of building a more open and innovative financial system.

By working together in partnership, banks and businesses can help rebuild our economy and the Big Innovation Centre will provide a vital catalyst in helping to make this happen."

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