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Royal Bank of Scotland


The Royal Bank of Scotland LSE: RBSis one of Scotland's four national clearing banks and one of the oldest in the UK, founded in Edinburgh in 1727 by Royal Charter.

Today it is the largest bank in Scotland, the second largest in the UK and Europe, and the fifth largest in the world by market capitalisation. Its shares have a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The bank's head office is in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh. It has offices throughout Europe, America and Asia.

History of the Royal Bank of Scotland

  • 1727- founded in Edinburgh by Royal Charter
  • 1783- first branch in Glasgow opens
  • 1874- first London branch opens
  • 1920- acquisition of various small English banks to form Williams Deacons Bank,later combined with Glyn Mills & Co. to form Williams and Glyn's Bank
  • 1972- merger with National Commercial Bank of Scotland
  • 1980- abortive hostile takeover bid by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation fails
  • 1985- established the Direct Line insurance brand
  • 1985- Williams and Glyn's bank name merged with the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • 1988- acquisition of Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island
  • 1997- Registrars department acquired by Australian share registry company Computershare
  • 1997- develops internet banking
  • 2000- acquisition of the National Westminster Bank after hostile takeover battle with the Bank of Scotland

Constituents of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group

  • Royal Bank of Scotland- Scottish clearing bank, head office in Edinburgh
  • NatWest - UK clearing bank, head office in London
  • Adam and Company - UK private bank
  • Citizens Financial Group - U.S. bank group based in New England
  • Direct Line - telephone financial services company
  • Ulster Bank - Belfast-based bank with branches throughout Ireland
  • Coutts - UK private bank based in London
  • WorldPay - specialised in Internet Business

Other facts

£100 banknotes of the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland, along with Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Scotland, still prints its own banknotes for Scotland
  • It is the only UK bank that still prints a 1 pound note
  • It was the first bank in the world to offer an overdraft facility
  • In June 1997, The Royal Bank of Scotland became the first high street bank in the UK to introduce an Internet banking service.
  • The bank's annual gross profit exceeds the annual budget of the Scottish Government

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. Operations in the rest of the world are primarily undertaken by Bank of Ireland Asset Management who provide fund management services to institutions and pension funds in Germany, Australia,Canada, Japan and the United States. It has offices throughout Europe, America and Asia. Bristol & West operates in selected markets and provides mortgages, savings and investments products to customers. The bank's head office is in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh. In the United Kingdom the Group operates mainly through Bristol & West plc which was acquired in July 1997, and the Group's retail branch network. Its shares have a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The Group has built a market share among credit institutions in Ireland of over 20% of resources and loans outstanding.

Today it is the largest bank in Scotland, the second largest in the UK and Europe, and the fifth largest in the world by market capitalisation. The Group markets and sells its products on a domestic basis through the most extensive nationwide distribution network in Ireland and its direct telephone banking service.
The Royal Bank of Scotland LSE: RBSis one of Scotland's four national clearing banks and one of the oldest in the UK, founded in Edinburgh in 1727 by Royal Charter. The group provides services in multiple currencies, but primarily Euro. The bank's annual gross profit exceeds the annual budget of the Scottish Government. With the acquisition of New Ireland Assurance in December 1997 the Group has access to additional distribution channels and products for its life assurance and pensions business. In June 1997, The Royal Bank of Scotland became the first high street bank in the UK to introduce an Internet banking service. These include checking and deposit services, overdrafts, term loans, mortgages, international asset financing, leasing, instalment credit, debt financing, foreign exchange facilities, interest and exchange rate hedging instruments, executor, trustee, stockbroking, life assurance and investment fund management, fund administration and custodial services and financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions and underwriting.

It was the first bank in the world to offer an overdraft facility. The Group provides a broad range of financial services in Ireland to the personal, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors. It is the only UK bank that still prints a 1 pound note. The Group's headquarters are in Dublin, and its operations extend geographically throughout Ireland and Britain. The Royal Bank of Scotland, along with Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Scotland, still prints its own banknotes for Scotland. On 20 March 2005, Bank of Ireland announced 2,000 job cuts in a move to reduce its cost base. WorldPay - specialised in Internet Business. The central bank was only formed twenty years after the Irish Free State and is called the Central Bank of Ireland.

Coutts - UK private bank based in London. Until midnight December 31, 1971, the Bank of Ireland was the government's banker but not the central bank. Ulster Bank - Belfast-based bank with branches throughout Ireland. In Britain, the bank expanded largely through the takeover of the Bristol and West Building Society in 1996. Direct Line - telephone financial services company. In Northern Ireland, the bank prints its own banknotes in Pound Sterling. bank group based in New England. Today the bank is based throughout the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, it offers the Laser payment system.

Citizens Financial Group - U.S. In 1958, the Bank took over the Hibernian Bank Limited and in 1965 the National Bank of Ireland Limited, and rebranded them as Bank of Ireland. Adam and Company - UK private bank. The banks headquarters is now a modern building in Baggot Street, Dublin, but the Bank of Ireland in College Green remains a working branch. NatWest - UK clearing bank, head office in London. Today visitors can still view the impressive Irish House of Lords chamber within the building. Royal Bank of Scotland- Scottish clearing bank, head office in Edinburgh. This building hosted the Irish Parliament before the Act of Union 1800.

2000- acquisition of the National Westminster Bank after hostile takeover battle with the Bank of Scotland. The headquarters of the bank until the 1970s was the impressive, Bank of Ireland building in Dublin. 1997- develops internet banking. The bank was formed by an Act of the Irish Parliament in 1782 to support public and commercial finances in Ireland. 1997- Registrars department acquired by Australian share registry company Computershare. The Bank of Ireland (ISEQ: BKIR_p) LSE: BKIR NYSE: IRE, officially known as the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland is a commercial bank operation on the island of Ireland, one of the 'Big Four'. 1988- acquisition of Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island.

1985- Williams and Glyn's bank name merged with the Royal Bank of Scotland. 1985- established the Direct Line insurance brand. 1980- abortive hostile takeover bid by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation fails. 1972- merger with National Commercial Bank of Scotland.

1920- acquisition of various small English banks to form Williams Deacons Bank,later combined with Glyn Mills & Co. to form Williams and Glyn's Bank. 1874- first London branch opens. 1783- first branch in Glasgow opens. 1727- founded in Edinburgh by Royal Charter.

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