Hospitality and Leisure

Barclays’ Hospitality and Leisure specialists provide proactive strategic, banking and financing support to help forward-looking businesses flourish.

Industry challenges and opportunities

  • Rising trend for domestic tourism, pushing up confidence levels
  • Growing number of tourists visiting the UK
  • Meeting customers’ accessibility requirements and other special needs
  • Societal change in UK working patterns and leisure consumption
  • Harnessing the power of data analytics to understand the changing consumer preferences. 

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Client advantages

As well as a dedicated Relationship Director, you’ll also have access to a variety of products and solutions. Click on the areas below to find out how Barclays can support you. 

Specialists to support your business

Hospitality and Leisure is a diverse industry. To meet your specific requirements, our specialist teams provide a dedicated focus in five sectors.


  • Barclays has long been a chosen partner of the Hotel industry. Today we support clients with one of the most extensive teams of hotel specialists, with the expertise and experience to support businesses at every stage of the economic cycle.

    By working with Barclays, you can benefit from:

    • A team of dedicated Relationship Directors with over 40 years’ combined sector experience and knowledge
    • Regular networking opportunities and industry events, plus valuable contacts through our trade association and industry body relationships
    • Close working relationships with the other Hospitality and Leisure teams to help identify potential new business opportunities
    • Day-to-day banking support through to corporate planning, plus Barclays Corporate Solutions; bonds, guarantees and indemnities, FX and interest rate risk management, term loans and revolving credit facilities
    • In-depth analysis of Hotel sector trends from our in-house research team.
  • From cinemas, holiday parks and health clubs to casinos, golf courses and remote betting and gaming, we understand the specialist financing and operational banking solutions that leisure operators require.

    With more than 30 years’ combined experience in the sector, our Relationship Directors are dedicated to helping you achieve day-to-day operational efficiency, identify new business opportunities and deliver on your goals for growth.

    Benefit from:

    • Industry networking and events, and valuable contacts through our relationships with trade associations and industry bodies
    • In-depth analysis of the Leisure Operators sector from our in-house research team
    • Full access to Barclaycard and internet banking services, plus FX and interest rate risk management, liquidity management, payment services.
  • This intensively competitive and fast-moving sector demands deep insight from seasoned specialists.

    Our dedicated Relationship Directors can provide financing, operational and strategic support to help you run your business efficiently. Close working relationships with our other Hospitality and Leisure teams can also help identify potential new business opportunities.

    Benefit from:

    • Industry networking and events, and valuable contacts through our relationships with governing bodies and sector trade bodies (e.g. BBPA and UKH), whom we work with to represent your views
    • In-depth analysis of the Restaurant and Licensed Trade sector from our in-house research team
    • Industry-aligned credit and cash support, plus term loans and working capital solutions
    • Full access to Barclaycard, Barclays.Net and internet banking services, plus interest rate risk management and liquidity management.
  • The Travel sector is constantly evolving and success demands an understanding of the consumer dynamics and regulation shaping the industry.

    The dedicated Travel team at Barclays supports your business with close relationships with peers, governmental, regulatory and industry bodies – plus deep experience in the domestic and cross-border operational banking and financing that the sector demands.

    Benefit from:

    • Industry networking and events such as the Barclays Travel Forum, plus valuable contacts with regulatory authorities and governing bodies
    • In-depth analysis of the Travel sector from our in-house research team
    • Full transactional and banking support – from day-to-day banking to Barclaycard services to sterling and currency deposits, plus bonds, guarantees and indemnities
    • Corporate financing solutions including industry-specific credit support, cash management, FX and rates risk management and debt capital markets financing.
  • As one of the few UK banks with a dedicated Professional Sport team, we provide a dedicated industry banking service to: sport governing bodies, sport clubs and other high-profile sports clients.

    Our Relationship Directors work closely with policymakers and influencers across the sports industry – providing our clients with valuable contacts to help support their plans for future growth.

    Benefit from:

    • Strategic support and bespoke finance – from day-to-day operational services to global sports banking, including funding and development finance and sophisticated risk management
    • In-depth analysis of the Professional Sport sector from our in-house research team
    • Industry-specific credit teams that understand the challenges and opportunities of your sector and the finance you need to grow within it.

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