One of the largest banks in the UK has extended its relationship with Post Office Ltd to expand access to its services in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Barclays Bank already offers banking services through more than 10,000 post offices in England and Wales.
Following a new agreement with Post Office Ltd, it said last week that its customers in Scotland and Northern Ireland would now be able to access personal banking services in post offices with immediate effect.
This will include paying cash and cheques into their Barclays current account and the withdrawing of cash with their debit cards.
Barclays currently has 23 branches in Scotland and nine in Northern Ireland.
In comparison, there are 1,400 post offices in Scotland and 480 in Northern Ireland.
Brendan Hastings, the area network director for Barclays in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “Barclays is focussed on making lives much easier for customers by offering a broader choice of how, where and when they can manager their money.
“By providing banking services at the Post Office, we can offer personal customers in Scotland and Northern Ireland more choice, and convenience, especially to those who wish to do their banking face to face,” added Hastings.
The Barclays contract topped off a year that saw Post Office Ltd picking up some key retail services contracts supporting its network of 11,800 post offices.
Last summer saw Post Office Ltd extending its relationship with the Bank of Ireland through to 2023, while September saw the network bringing HSBC on board.
Nick Kennett, director of financial services at the Post Office, said: “We welcome Barclays’ decision to extend banking to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“This is an important move which will allow thousands of customers to access their accounts through the Post Office. From Spring 2013, 95% of all UK debit card holders will have access to their money at Post Office counters.”
Source: Post&Parcel/Barclays Bank