Access Your Flexible Friend 80s

Access Your Flexible Friend 80s

Access is a defunct credit card, originally introduced in the United Kingdom in 1972 by a consortium of National Westminster Bank, Midland Bank (now HSBC), Lloyds Bank (now Lloyds TSB), and The Royal Bank of Scotland, as a rival to the established Barclaycard (VISA). It was also issued in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of NatWest, Northern Bank, then a subsidiary of Midland; and Bank of Ireland, which was unconnected to the founder banks. The card scheme was run from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, by the Joint Credit Card Company Limited. It participated in the Eurocard/MasterCard systems. Europay International SA has since been taken over by MasterCard International itself.

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Barclaycard – Rowan Atkinson

First in the series of the classic Barclaycard ads from the late 80s starring Rowan Atkinson.

Barclaycard, part of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, is a global payment business. The Barclaycard was the first credit card introduced in the UK, coming into service in 1966. It enjoyed a monopoly until the introduction of the Access card in 1972.

Barclaycard later became part of the Visa network. Nowadays, Barclays offers both MasterCard and Visa versions. Barclaycard claims it isEurope’s leading issuer of credit cards with 10.4 million customers in the UK and 10.8 million outside the UK.  Barclaycard’s main offices are in Northampton, along with several floors at Barclays’ corporate HQ, One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, London.

 

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