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    2016 was a pivotal year for Barclays, embarking on one of its largest restructurings in history designed to make bank smaller, better capitalised, and less leveraged and more geographically anchored on its core UK and US geographic markets. The major decision to exit Africa is part of the mega restructuring. The bank had to contend with regulatory pressures as well as effects of Brexit as examples of some of the major external macro factors impacting their operational environment.
    PESTLE is a business strategy tool used in strategy to analyse such macro environments and identify how future trends in the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal environments might impact individual organisations within an industry. Firms then study the key drivers of change behind the PESTEL factors. These key drivers of change constitute opportunities and threats in a firm’s external environment and industry which can be overcome by focussing on strengths and eliminating weaknesses. This is why PESTLE is only a starting point since other frameworks such as Porters Five Forces and SWOT have to be used in conjunction to help firms like Barclays utilise internal core competencies so as to take advantage of opportunities while neutralising threats in its industry.

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    barclays Bank sTRATEGY Case Study


    Key Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the case, students should be able to:
    • Understand the broad macro-environment of Barclays bank and the UK banking industry in terms of political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal factors (PESTEL/PEST/STEEPLE).
    • Use our swot analysis example to gain an overall understanding of Barclay's strengths and weaknesses and strategic options arising from the opportunities and threats that have been identified from the Pestle analysis example on it's business environment.
    • To apply strategy business models and frameworks such as Pestle/Pest/Steeple, Swot etc to real company cases.

     

    Analyse the internal and external environment of Barclays using SWOT & PESTLE

    1.0 INTRODUCTION


    Barclays is a British bank with operations in more than 50 countries including the US, Japan, India, Europe and many African countries. It is part of the UK big four, referring to the four largest UK-based banking groups which also include HSBC, Lloyds and RBS. Founded in 1690 by James Barclay, Barclays has operations in a diverse set of consumer and wholesale businesses including retail, wealth management, corporate lending, credit cards and mortgages. It currently operates its business via two clearly defined divisions-Barclays UK and Barclays International. Latest revenues for the year ending 31 December 2016 were approximately £22 billion on operating profits of £2.8 billion (Annual Report 2016).

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