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Smith Anderson Client Story. Corporate Banking at Barclays

Smith Anderson

“Barclays’ offering was second to none. They recognised our ambitions for long-term sustainable growth, and they worked closely with our people to ensure a simple, smooth transition. I firmly believe that this partnership, and our new agreement with McDonald’s, will help us achieve our vision to be Europe’s leading provider of paper packaging solutions."

Michael Longstaffe Chief Executive, Smith Anderson Group Ltd

  • As one of the UK’s largest food packaging companies, Smith Anderson produce up to 60 million paper bags per week in a custom-built facility. Based in Kirkcaldy in Fife, they’re a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1859, serving some of the best known brand names like McDonald’s, Burger King, Greggs, KFC, Harrods, Starbucks, Waitrose and Boots.
  • They recently won a European contract worth £35m with McDonald’s restaurant chain, which will allow them to expand into selected Central and Eastern European markets. This has led to a new financial package with us to support their recent business growth, incorporating their day-to-day banking, invoice discounting and foreign exchange facilities.
  • Furthermore, our new high-security biometric technology will soon be installed throughout the company to help combat internal and external fraud. This uses biometric readers to scan unique finger veins to access online banking and authorise payments in seconds, with no need for a PIN, password or authorisation code.
  • “We’re delighted to be working with the team at Smith Anderson, which is a business we’ve long admired. We had developed a close relationship over time and when the opportunity arose to support the business with its growth ambitions, we felt very well placed to deliver.” Paul Smith, Barclays Corporate Development Director.

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