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Tackling financial inclusion - pilot aids credit unions achieve growth

Today sees the publication by the Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) of the results of a two-year pilot project designed to enable credit unions to fulfil their vital role of tackling financial exclusion in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged areas. If the pilot were replicated more widely the improvements achieved could significantly enhance sustainability and growth in the sector.

BARCLAYS HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BOOST THEIR MARKETING SKILLS

Eight in ten business owners want to change the way they operate to focus more on marketing to help boost sales, according to research by Barclays, which today launches the second phase of ‘Brighter Marketing’ seminars free for any business to attend.

Business Start -Ups Reach Record Levels In First Half of 2004

Barclays today unveils new figures showing record levels of entrepreneurial activity in the UK. Research shows that 288,000 new firms have been started up in the first six months of 2004, almost a quarter more than the same period last year (233,000). This is the highest level recorded since Barclays started tracking the market in 1988.

Barclays Helps Those Dreaming of Being Self Employed

Each year more than half a million people in the UK fulfill their dreams by setting up their own business. To give budding entrepreneurs a kick start Barclays is hosting over 130 free business start up seminars.

Barclays PLC Announces Acquisition of Juniper Financial Corporation

Barclays PLC (“Barclays”) today (August 18, 2004) announced that Barclays Bank has agreed to acquire the credit card issuer, Juniper Financial Corporation (“Juniper”), from CIBC for a total cash consideration of US$293 million which represents a premium t

BARCLAYS LAUNCHES UK’S FIRST ALL-IN-ONE SOFTWARE AND SERVICE

With 50 per cent of small businesses closing within the first three years, Barclays is launching ‘Business Manager’, a new software and service package, designed to provide the essential tools to grow and run a business more efficiently.