Welcome to Barclays Bank of Uganda

At Barclays Uganda we believe that only a business driven by values can deliver strong, sustainable returns. We are committed to community investment and corporate social investment. Our common purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions - in the right way. This sits at the core of our business and underpins everything that we do.

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Our goal

To be the ‘Go To’ Bank.

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Our purpose

To help people achieve their ambitions - in the right way.

Barclays history in Uganda

  • The millennium years

    2004

    Launch of the first credit card (Kenya Shillings) for prestige customers, and the new brand and visual identity for the bank.

    2007

    Barclays acquired Nile Bank and expanded its footprint from seven branches to 21 branches.

    2008

    Migration of both the Brains (Barclays) and Equinox (Nile) banking platforms into Flex cube, the new core banking platform

    2010

    Period of consolidation leading to branch and premises rationalisation. Barclays Uganda launched the Premier customer's service centre, and an Internet banking service which includes personal and commercial banking options.

    2012

    The bank launched the platinum debit card for its Premier account holders giving them access to online purchases beyond normal debit card services

    2013

    The bank launched the usage of Master Card and also launched the World Miles program on the platinum debit card.

    2014

    Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited received an innovation award at the Corporate Entrepreneur awards in New York for our innovative approach in extending financial services to Villages savings groups in Uganda. We continued with the annual Business club and customer loyalty programmes, and launched the Women’s Network Forum for Barclays female colleagues. We opened a new branch at Acacia mall and set up intelligent ATMs (iATMs) in Naalya and Acacia malls. We also launched free credit life insurance, free retrenchment cover, life insurance cover and funeral cover.

    2015

    The bank re-launched Prestige banking, launched Risk management products, Barx, Direct debits, USD debit card, mobile bulk payments, the mobile banking app, cash send, SMS alerts and the Uganda shillings credit card. We also set up a 24 hour call centre.

    2016

    The bank refurbished the Ntinda branch, set up 29 iATMs, launched cardless deposits on the intelligent ATMs, launched paperless banking, eStatements, Pamoja Bonus savings account, Ready to work, Business debit card and business daily interest account.

  • 1980s

    1985

    The rebuilding of Archbishop Luwum Street Branch symbolises the rebirth of the business after years of civil war.

    1987

    Following the major currency reform, Barclays again takes on a leading role in financing the coffee industry as a vital element in rehabilitating the economy.

    Barclays Uganda celebrated its diamond jubilee.

    Barclays Uganda was the first bank in East Africa to computerise its accounting, using NCR 9300 machines, and the first in Uganda to have same-day accounting and clearing for all branches.

    1986

    The advent of automation, with Barclays chairing the Uganda Bankers' Association computer committee and the Barclays Computer Centre opening in May. On the colleague side, in the best Barclays tradition, the sports club was quickly reformed.

    1989

    The remote Jinja branch was linked to the computer centre in Kampala.

  • 1970s

    1970

    The business was significantly impacted by political instability and civil wars. Highway robberies began to affect cash movements between the branches.

    1979

    Following the overthrow of President Idi Amin, branches were looted and employees attacked whilst London lost contact with Uganda altogether. A team of colleagues volunteered to restore order to the branches. Mr Yekowasi K. Oteba - now deceased - managed the bank during that period.

  • 1960s

    1964

    Barclays built the 'Barclays Library' at Kyambogo Teacher Training College (now Kyambogo University), which was made possible with a grant of £8,000 to mark Uganda's independence.

    1966

    Barclays Uganda DCO became the first in Africa to be locally incorporated as Barclays Bank of Uganda.

    1969

    The government acquired 49% of the new company while DCO retained a 51% holding, with A G Woodcock as the first chairman and general manager of the bank. At the same time Barclays acquired the Ugandan business of a subsidiary of the French bank SFOM, the Commercial Bank of Africa. Barclays had nine branches and 33 other outlets and was actively engaged in the financing of agricultural exports of coffee and sugar.

     

  • 1950s

    As part of its Citizenship agenda, Barclays built the sports facility at Makerere University Sports Ground.

  • 1930s

    1931

    A flavour of the pioneering days of Barclays in Uganda is given in a contemporary letter from a branch accountant: “First task of the day was to spray the clouds of mosquitoes in the branch that had entered the night before; next was dealing with the vast quantity of coin brought in for deposit by customers - thousands of shillings, thousands of cents, but very few notes.”

    1939

    Barclays staff in East Africa numbered 78 Europeans, 87 Africans and some 138 Asians.

  • 1920s

    Barclays Bank, Dominion, Colonial and Overseas (DCO) opened the first branches, in Jinja and Kampala.

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Toll Free: 0800 222 333
Tel: +256 (0) 312 218 348

Email:

barclays.uganda@barclays.com

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