Barclaycard is a multinational credit card and payment services provider, and a division of Barclays plc. The Barclaycard was the first British credit card introduced in the United Kingdom, coming into service in 1966. It enjoyed a monopoly, until the introduction of the Access card in 1972.
The 'Barclaycard' was not the first payment card to be issued in the United Kingdom though; Diners Club and American Express launched their charge cards in 1962 and 1963 respectively. At the time, American Express was seen as Barclaycard's main competitor.
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