Barclays has operated in Kenya for over 90 years. Financial Strength coupled with extensive local and international resources have positioned Barclays Bank of Kenya as a foremost provider of financial services.The main sectors of the Kenyan economy are agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and financial services. Barclays has established an extensive network of 117 outlets with over 230 ATMs spread across the country.
The company has now shifted from being a small respected financial institution to a preferred regional SME and Business bank with a strong developmental emphasis especially in the rural areas. It aims to serve the entire region in the SME and Business sectors.
The history of KCB dates back to 1896 when its predecessor, the National Bank of India opened an outlet in Mombasa. Eight years later in 1904, the Bank extended its operations to Nairobi, which had become the Headquarters of the expanding railway line to Kenya.
Standard Chartered Bank opened its branches in Kenya in January 1911, with 2 branches; one at Treasury Square in Mombasa and the other on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. Today, 97 years later, the Bank has an excellent franchise, with a network of 32 branches strategically located across the country, 84 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and 1,040 employees. With 25% local shareholdings, Standard Chartered Bank has remained a public quoted company on the Nairobi Stock Exchange since 1989.