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Corporate Banking for Retail and Wholesale Sector

Retail & Wholesale

Barclays has been supporting the Retail and Wholesale sector for many years. In 1999, we became the first UK bank to introduce industry sector specialist teams, enabling us to take that support further, building on our knowledge and expertise. This depth of experience gives us the insight to develop innovative products and services for the challenges and opportunities that the industry presents, and to provide specialist support to a wide range of both retail and wholesale businesses.

We are a trusted advisor to many of the UK’s leading retail and wholesale businesses and as one of our clients you too can draw on our sector specialist knowledge. We are committed to innovation and thought leadership to support businesses like yours across the industry.

    90% of FTSE 350 retailers have relationships with us¹
    68% of the UK's top 200 retailers have relationships with us.²

In addition, we have an excellent network with the sector’s leading trade bodies, and are committed to people development and diversity within the sector. In 2015, Barclays established a strong partnership with Women in Retail^ (opens in a new window), connecting businesswomen across the retail sector and supporting their “Emerging Talent” initiative.

As one of our Retail and Wholesale clients, you can also take advantage of:

  • our sector-specific knowledge and regional expertise. We have dedicated Relationship Directors across the UK and Ireland, including an experienced team in London
  • an experienced industry-specific credit team that uses their sector knowledge to offer appropriate financial products, including retail chain financing, asset finance and international trade services

Learning from the industry’s leading names

Having worked closely with businesses across Retail and Wholesale for well over a decade, our dedicated team can offer unrivalled expertise:

  • you will gain valuable contacts at our networking events. We hold regular sector conferences and industry dinners, as well as exclusive events for clients, both in London and across the UK
  • you will receive sector insights through our Retail and Wholesale newsletter, currently circulated to around 5,000 contacts each week
  • as one of our clients you can benefit from our relationships with key industry membership bodies and our contribution within a wide range of trade publications, such as Retail Week, Drapers, The Grocer, the Timber Trade Federation and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Specialist expertise across the sector

We offer a full range of products and supporting services, tailored to meet the needs of your specific area:

Clothing, Accessories, Footwear and Department Stores

An experienced team working with some of the sector's largest UK and international retailers


Offering a wealth of experience and breadth of products to this varied sector

Food and Drink

A trusted partner to many businesses within the sector


A committed team of industry experts who can support your business

Contact our Retail and Wholesale Team

Ian Gilmartin – Head of Retail and Wholesale

Ian Gilmartin, Head of Retail & Wholesale

Ian has over 20 years of corporate banking experience and has spent the last five years providing specialist banking services to retailers and wholesalers as part of the leadership within Barclays Retail & Wholesale Team.

Prior to that he was a senior relationship director in the Technology, Media and Telecoms team, and before joining Barclays held a range of positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Allied Irish Banks.

To find out what our Retail and Wholesale Team can do for your business, email Ian or call our dedicated team on 0800 015 4242*

1Source: FTSE 350 General Retailers Index, 2015
2Source: Retail Week’s Top 200 Retailers, 2015

How can we help?

To discuss switching to Corporate Banking at Barclays, call us on: 0800 015 4242 *