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The podcast from Barclays Corporate Banking brings you the latest outlooks for the economy, innovations and ideas from our UK team. Barclays Bank PLC is registered in England (Company No. 1026167) with its registered office at 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register No. 122702) and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Barclays is a trading name and trade mark of Barclays PLC and its subsidiaries. Contact us via our website

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Covid-19 | UK Export Finance

In this episode we look at UK Export Finance (UKEF) and how the UK’s award winning Export Credit Agency may be able to help your business. As the world’s first Export Credit Agency, UKEF have a long and proud history of supporting British exporters. The support UKEF can provide has never been more important or more relevant, with both Covid-19 and Brexit giving increased focus to the UK’s global trading ambitions.

We cover UKEF’s current capability, capacity and the innovative ways in which UKEF are seeking to support businesses during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. We also provide insight into how Barclays works with UKEF to enable businesses to access the various schemes available.

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May 19, 2020
Covid-19 | Negative oil prices: what just happened?

This week's regular call features Tom Wilkinson, our Head of Energy and Infrastructure explaining what happened on oil markets this week, as well as the latest payments trend data from Barclaycard, and an update on the launch of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

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Apr 25, 2020
Covid-19 | A guide to managing working capital

This week's Trade and Working Capital call is led by Russ Grazier, featuring other members of the Trade and Working Capital team. They discuss how to optimise working capital at a time when it's never been more important for businesses.

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Apr 24, 2020
Covid-19 | Economic forecasts from our Chief UK Economist

Catch up on the latest economic forecasts from Barclays in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Apr 22, 2020
Covid-19 | Documentary trade

Kevin Shakespeare from the Institute of Export and International Trade joins Barclays' David Whyman to discuss documentary trade in the latest of our special podcast episodes on Covid-19.

This is the second replay of a call covering specifically issues surrounding trade and working capital. Subscribe to listen to upcominig episodes on cashflow and working with UK Export Finance.

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Apr 20, 2020
Covid-19 | FX market update and latest on large business loan scheme

In the latest Covid-19 call with our team at Barclays Corporate Banking, we hear from our FX and trade teams on the latest in the marketplace, as well as from our coverage team on the large business loan scheme recently announced by the UK Treasury.

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Apr 15, 2020
Covid-19 | What is Force Majeure and how does it work?

Russ Grazier introduces a call with Sandy Hall, a partner in Clifford Chance's International Construction Group, and John Batty, Technical Director at Bridge Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Literally meaning 'superior force', force majeure ia a clause in a contract normally used to describe a contractual term by which one or more of the parties is entitled to suspend performance of its affected obligations following an event beyond its control. We discuss how this may impact contracts in the time of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Apr 14, 2020
Covid-19 update | Trade, CBILS and staying safe from fraudsters

For 4 weeks now, Barclays Corporate Banking has been hosting regular calls for businesses adapting to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are sharing these calls now through our podcast channel, to help support as many businesses as we can with our regular insights. This week, Head of UK Corporate Banking, Tasnim Ghiawadwala, is joined by guests from Barclaycard, our Trade and Working Capital team, and our fraud protection team.

You can find the details of our regular weekly calls on our website at


Apr 07, 2020
Is sustainability the new loyalty in retail? | Karen Johnson on our latest research

Barclays' Tom Mason and Karen Johnson, National Head of Retail & Wholesale, discuss the hot topic of sustainability in the retail and wholesale sectors. They discuss our recent research that surveyed over 500 retailers and 2,000 consumers. Large numbers of retailers say they are investing significant sums into sustainability as they see this as an enabler to growth, with 9 in 10 making their deliveries more sustainable.

We also hear from Boohoo, Co-op and AO.

Visit our website to read the full report, just search 'Barclays sustainability in retail'.

Jan 13, 2020
The Art of the Deal? | Economic and political outlook

The world economy faces trade wars, while at home the UK political crisis drags on. As we get closer the revised Halloween Brexit deadline we sit down with Sophie Wheeler-Traherne from out Government Relations team, alongside Henk Potts to try and unpick some of the political and economic headlines.

This episode was recorded on September 16, 2019. 

Sep 17, 2019
Robust growth in the face of economic headwinds | Economic outlook June 2019

Henk Potts gives us an update on some of the big headlines in the UK and global economies. In spite of trade was intensifying, extended Brexit uncertainty and internal disruption in nations across Europe, global growth seems robust and businesses have somewhat given up on predicting the outcome of Brexit.

This podcast was recorded on 3 June 2019.

Jun 05, 2019
UK regions in focus | Barclays Chief Investment Officer Will Hobbs

Jamie Grant,  Head of Barclays Mid Corporate Banking North, hosts his first podcast for Barclays Corporate Banking and welcomes Barclays' Chief Investment Officer, Will Hobbs. They discuss market conditions for the UK economy and the regional trends impacting jobs, housing and manufacturing across the country.

Mar 13, 2019
2019: A toxic mix of uncertainty? | Economic outlook for the year ahead

Henk Potts reflects on how 2019 is shaping up for the UK, US and global economies. With trade wars having an impact on global growth; higher US interest rates, a slowdown in China, as well as Brexit, there is much to be cautious about, he says.

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Feb 24, 2019
Cyber fraud | Interview with Damian Brazendale

In this episode of Barclays Corporate Insights, Alison Tattersall, Head of Marketing, Barclays Corporate Banking, is joined by Damian Brazendale, Director of Fraud Operations & Product Implementation at Barclays. 

They discuss the key cyber fraud threats that are currently facing businesses, how to mitigate these risks, and how to raise awareness of cyber fraud amongst employees. 

Jan 29, 2019
Embedding a culture of customer satisfaction

We discuss the link between a company's bottom lines and their C-Sat scores, and why C-Sat should be the responsibility of everyone in a company, including the board and the CEO. 

Jan 23, 2019
The future of C-Sat

In this podcast, we discuss the future of C-Sat and where the opportunities and challenges lie for both B2B and B2C businesses. 

Jan 16, 2019
Brexit update | Interview with Peter Gordon
In this episode of Barclays Corporate Insights, we’re joined by Peter Gordon, Head of Government Relations for Corporate and Investment Banking. Peter provides his analysis and insights into where we stand with Brexit currently, how this may change in the next weeks, and what this could mean for businesses. Read more Brexit analysis on our website:
Nov 28, 2018
Is the DNA of companies that excel at C-Sat different?
We look at some of the common traits shared by businesses which have high levels of customer satisfaction and whether there are lessons that other organisations can learn from them.
Nov 26, 2018
What is C-Sat and why should businesses measure it?
In the first of our series on C-Sat for the C-Suite, we discuss the value of C-Sat as a metric – and how this and other measurements can be translated into continuous, practical improvements. As it’s such an important topic, we’re dedicating four episodes to it. All four feature Jo Causon, CEO of the Institute of Customer Service. We’ll be discussing other key customer satisfaction topics during the rest of the series. Throughout, Jo will be sharing her thoughts on why such a strong focus on customer satisfaction is so important today.
Nov 21, 2018
CBI Conference | Sustainability and business with Growing Underground
Recorded live at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London, Steven Dring, Co-Founder and CEO of Growing Underground speaks to our Head of Citizenship about how they have reinvented the idea of sustainable farming - Growing Underground is a business taking on the challenge of a growing population with a finite amount of agricultural land. They are a sustainable salad business utilising unloved underground space, turning it into a farm and producing very short supply chains, all 33m below the streets of Clapham. They also discuss the role that business plays in driving sustainability, from impact investing to social enterprises.
Nov 19, 2018
Next Gen Treasury | Harnessing the power of technology and innovation
In this episode of Barclays Corporate Insights, we take on the fast paced topics of technology and innovation. We're joined by Sabry Salman Managing Director, International Corporates, Barclays and George Osborne, Head of Specialist Finance, Barclays in the studio where they look at how treasurers are harnessing these new tools and technologies to support the more strategic role treasurers have within their organisations. We also look at some real life examples of how these new technologies are being used.
Nov 07, 2018
Austerity over? Budget 2018 review | Economic Outlook Q4
Henk Potts dissects the Chancellor's Budget and what it means for businesses and the economy. We also discuss Brexit (of course), volatility in global stock markets and President Trump's falling out with The Fed. Read more Budget analysis on our website
Oct 30, 2018
Black History Month | Interview with Lord Hastings & Pamela Hutchinson
This special edition of Barclays Corporate Insights, in celebration of Black History Month, is hosted by the co-chair of Barclays' Black Professionals Forum. Ken speaks to KPMG's global head of citizenship and peer of the House of Lords, Dr Michael Hastings; and Bloomberg's Head of Citizenship, Pamela Hutchinson. They discuss what businesses can do to create a more balanced and diverse workforce and how people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds can progress and build their networks in the companies they represent.
Oct 14, 2018
Summer spending boost! | Economic outlook July 2018
The warm UK weather brings a welcome boost to consumer spending, but with possible interest movements from the Bank of England's and the rising tide of protectionism, will it last? Henk Potts updates us. Henk is joined again by Cicero Group's Iain Anderson, who is asking the questions. For more insights, visit
Jul 20, 2018
Will there be a trade war? | UK and US economic outlook April 2018
Amid a turbulent time for UK retailers, is it still possible to make money on the high street? Absolutely, says our economist, Henk Potts. In the latest outlook, Henk is joined by Cicero’s Iain Anderson, as they discuss the possibility of a trade war sparked by the US President, whether UK interest rates will rise in 2018, and the latest on the Brexit negotiations.
Apr 30, 2018
PSD2: One month on from the new payment services directive
In this edition we’ll be covering the EU’s new Payment Services Directive or PSD2 which came into force at the start of 2018. David Shinkins, head of UK cash management was joined on the phone by Nadeem Haque who is a director in our international corporate product management division and the primary business lead for PSD2. David and Nadeem discuss PSD2's impact on the overall payments landscape, what the regulations mean for stronger customer authentication, and what we mean by 'third party access'. For more on PSD2 visit:
Mar 23, 2018
Economic outlook Q1 2018 | A coffee with Henk
Iain Anderson, chairman at political risk consultancy Cicero, shares a coffee with Henk Potts from Barclays, and discusses the global economy in 2017, heading into 2018. They also discuss Bitcoin, Brexit and the US. For more from Barclays visit
Jan 25, 2018
Economic outlook Q4 2017 | First rate rise in a decade
Barclays economist Henk Potts talks to Rob Ratcliff about the big news in Q4 2017, the monetary policy committee's decision to raise rates for the first time in a decade. We also discuss consumer confidence, and quantitative easing in the Eurozone.
Nov 15, 2017
Economic outlook Q3 2017 | General election result
In this Q3 outlook, we ask questions from clients on how the UK economy is shaping up in the second half of 2017. We cover the impact of Brexit on manufacturing, the potential impact of inflation, and whether unemployment could start to rise. We also discuss whether the results of UK general elections have made the Brexit picture clearer. For more from Barclays visit
Aug 01, 2017