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Barclays Bank offers personal loans to customers, as well as a professional and career development loan, for people studying on an approved course.

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About Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank is one of the leading financial institutions in the United Kingdom, but also operates on a global level. Although based in London, the bank has branches and operations in more than 50 countries across the world, and as of 2012 had approximately 48 million customers.

Figures from the end of 2011 revealed that Barclay’s assets made it the seventh biggest bank in the world. The bank offers retail and investment banking, and wealth management, as well as providing personal and business banking to its customers.

The origins of the bank date back to 1690, when it was founded as a goldsmith’s bank. In 1736, James Barclay, the son in law of one of the seventeenth century founders, became a partner in the bank and it soon became known by its present day name. By that time it had already adopted the famous black spread eagle emblem with which it’s still associated.

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it continued to buy other banks and expand in size. Barclays Bank is responsible for an innovation that would transform shopping in the UK. In 1965, it launched the country’s first credit card, the Barclaycard.

The bank was also responsible for creating the UK’s first cash machine in 1966. As of 2014, they have around 1,600 branches in the United Kingdom, and around 4,750 worldwide.

Barclays offers a wide range of mortgages. These include fixed rate mortgages, buy to let mortgages, tracker mortgages, offset mortgages and family springboard mortgages.

New and existing customers can use their website to determine which of these mortgages would be ideal for their circumstances.

They also offer personal loans, as well as a professional and career development loan, for people studying on an approved course. As you’d expect from the card pioneers, they offer a full range of credit cards as well.