Barclays established operations in Seychelles, in 1959 by opening a local branch of Barclays Bank PLC in Victoria. At the time, Barclays was the only bank in the market and eventually became the banker to the Government before this role was transferred to the newly formed Monetary Authority in 1982. In half decade of its presence in Seychelles, Barclays, although now a local subsidiary rather than a branch (in 1999/2000 Barclays Bank PLC became Barclays Bank (Seychelles) Limited), grew from strength to strength, amid the emergence of 6 more banks in the local market, keeping its title as the leading bank. Today Barclays has the largest branch and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) network in the country with 8 branches and agencies, and 16 ATMs across the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

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  • More about Barclays in Seychelles

    Barclays is the leading private sector bank in Seychelles, and we believe this is because we are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service in our drive to be the 'Go-to Bank'. Our commitment paid off when, in 1997 and again in 2010, Barclays won the coveted Government sponsored U-First customer service award and the 2010 EmeaFinance Bank of the Year, respectively. Barclays has positioned itself in the market as a universal bank, catering for individual, small business and large corporate customers, offering a full range of banking services. Barclays strives to continually innovate to bring new services to its customers as well as providing them with alternative and more convenient means do their banking, such as eStatements, SMS alerts and Internet banking.

    Barclays also takes an active part in improving lives of local communities, supporting local projects that empower more vulnerable community groups, to help them develop skills and achieve financial independence, as well as promoting more sustainable lifestyles.

  • Personal Banking

    Barclays has traditionally been involved in mass segment banking, catering for Personal Banking customers with a variety of transactional and savings accounts designed to meet the needs of this segment. Although Barclays has now started offering a different proposition to mass affluent customers, it continues to innovate and improve its Personal Banking proposition to offer more convenient methods of banking for its customers through its large ATM network and through electronic services such as eStatements, SMS alerts and the recently launched Internet banking.

    Barclays purposely chose to make its eStatement and Internet banking service, as well as bill payment through ATMs and Internet banking, free of charge for all Personal Banking and Premier Banking customers to give them more choices for undertaking their banking transactions and keeping updated on their account balances and transactions that take place on their accounts, negating the need for them to come to the bank to do their banking. Personal Banking and Premier Banking customers of Barclays Bank can now do their banking electronically at a place and time that is convenient to them, all the while keeping a close eye on the incomes and outgoings on their accounts.

    Barclays strives to bring the latest technological innovations in banking to its customers, such as the new Queue Management System, which was implemented at the very busy Independence Avenue Branch in November 2012. With this system in place, customers only need to take a number and remain seated until their number is called, rather than standing in a queue. Barclays will also continue to innovate, to soon bring to its customers services such as tablet and mobile banking, through tablet and smartphone applications, and PingIt, which is a popular method of transferring small amounts of money to customers also through the PingIt smartphone application, in UK, which requires only for the sender to specify the recipient's telephone number to identify the recipient's account.

  • Premier Banking

    On 2 May 2012, Barclays launched its Premier Banking proposition at the opening of its Premier Flagship Centre in Capital City Building, the newest building in the financial district of Victoria. Premier Banking is positioned as a banking proposition unlike any other, targeted to the more affluent customer segment. Premier Banking offers personalised banking through Premier Relationship Managers, whose role are to advise Premier Banking customers on specific transactions, banking products and services, and to fast track applications and instructions of Premier Banking customers through to completion.

    As a Premier Banking customer, you are entitled to many benefits such as access to the Premier Banking Centre and fast tracked service, preferential pricing on products and services, as well as exclusive rewards through our Premier Alliance Partners.

    Premier Banking customers have access to a suite of banking products that is second to none, with a special Premier Current, Premier Foreign Current and Premier Savings Accounts, with no maintenance fees, ledger fees and cheque book fees, and tiered interest rates on the Premier Savings Account, for transacting and saving. For excess funds that you can afford to lock away for another day, we offer preferential rates for Fixed Deposits for Premier Banking customers. Premier Banking customers can also take advantage of the Premier Secured, Premier Unsecured and Premier Mortgage Loans, which have been designed to meet all their borrowing requirements. We also recently introduced the Cash Secured Overdraft Facility, on which Premier Banking customers benefit from preferential interest rates.

  • Business Banking

    Small business customers, not yet fully fledged corporate entities, are catered for by Barclays under the Business Banking proposition, formerly called Local Business. Business Banking customers benefit from a dedicated Relationship Manager, who provides helpful insight on products and assist on transactions as well as applications for lending facilities and trade services. As a Business Banking customer, your Business Relationship Manager is your point of contact at Barclays and is always at the ready to assist you.

    We want our Business Banking customers to grow and we will do our best to help you achieve your business objectives, whether through financing of their projects or investing their spare funds. Business Banking customers have access to a variety of products to meet their transactional, savings and borrowing needs, such as the Business Current Account and Foreign Currency Current Account, Fixed Deposit Accounts, and Business Solution Secured and Unsecured Loans. Not wanting to rest on our laurels, we are working on providing Business Banking customers with a Business Savings account, in which spare funds, which may need to be withdrawn without providing notice, may be placed to earn some interest.

    There are also plans to introduce a Business Club for Business Banking customers, which will give them access to workshops about relevant topics, such as business planning and bookkeeping, networking event and even trade fairs at regional and international level. Equipped with additional knowledge to better manage their businesses, we hope to see our small business customers grow and expand, eventually turning into Corporate Banking customers.

  • Commercial Banking

    Commercial Banking is currently headed by the Acting Commercial Director Mr Karl Sieber. It consists of Corporate Banking and Business Banking units. We are the only Bank in Seychelles with a dedicated Commercial Centre.

    Corporate Banking caters for the varied banking needs of businesses residing in Seychelles, which include Multinational companies, Large Corporates, Government-related entities, Global Development Organisations (GDOs), Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Institutions.

    Business Banking consists of Domestic and International Business Banking units. Companies classified under Business banking include Commercial and Enterprise entities.

    You may contact:

    For relationship and lendings
    egbert.laurence@barclays.com

    For trade and cash
    pamela.charlette@barclays.com

    Barclays aims to build close and long-term relationships with its Commercial Banking customers, based on an understanding of the key issues in their world. We aim for Barclays to be the natural and most obvious choice for Corporate and Business banking entities, the solution for all their banking needs.

    Barclays has established an excellent reputation over the past half century based on its substantial capital resources, high credit rating and group financial strength. Our extensive global network means that we can provide our Commercial Banking customers with a level of financial insight that is second to none in the region. The Commercial Banking team strives to deliver a world-class banking service to meet the ever-changing needs of commercial entities in Seychelles through bespoke solution.

    Staffed by a dynamic, experienced and innovative team of managers, the Commercial Banking department has become a true centre of excellence and we are proud of the service we deliver.

    Each commercial customer is served by a Relationship Manager, who can provide local and international market insights, inform on major development projects, advise on matters such as commercial paper issues, syndication and so on. Through the Commercial Banking proposition, Barclays offers Property Finance, Project Finance, Cash Management, Trade Finance, Treasury Solutions and other banking products and services.

  • Acquiring

    Barclays has been offering its Business Banking and Corporate Banking customers with facilities to accept card payment for several decades now; first through its ‘zip zap’ devices and now through Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. With a growing preference by customers both local and international to pay by credit or debit cards, businesses are increasingly finding themselves having to provide this method of payment to their customers to keep making sales. Card acceptance is not only convenient as the funds are credited directly in the merchant’s account, but also reduces the risks associated with the stocking of large amounts of cash on premises. Barclays is the sole acquirer in Seychelles for American Express cards, whose popularity has increased immensely over the past decade.

    The Card Acquiring department is staffed by a dedicated team of Merchant Executives to help Business Banking and Corporate Banking customers get set up as a Card Acquiring Merchant, provide POS trainings and deal with POS issues. This team is supported by a back-office team who deal with merchant queries and ensures the smooth settlement of funds in merchants’ accounts.

    Barclays wants to go further to offer its merchants with an online presence with the facility to accept card payments over the internet and is currently working on a project to bring this to its merchants.

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