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The Clydesdale Bank was founded in 1838 and had one branch in Edinburgh, and one more in Glasgow. Things have expanded a little since then- the bank now has 255 branches across Scotland, some of the North of England and a token branch in London; although clearly expansion in the South is on the cards as latest branches have been in Southampton and Reading.
In 1987 the Clydesdale bank was taken over by the National Australia Bank Group, which has 8.2 million customers worldwide. Other British brands within the NAB group include the Yorkshire Bank, National Irish Bank and Northern Bank.

The Clydesdale Bank remains particularly Scottish (it still releases banknotes to Scotland- patriotic ones at that) and has a noticeably Presbyterian attitude too, concentrating on socially inclusive finance options and offering mobile financial advisers for rural areas where branches are uneconomical.

Other innovations to Scotland pioneered by the Clydesdale were cheque guarantee cards and personal loans; today with technology at the forefront the Clydesdale bank is proud of its advanced cash machines.

In the wider community, the Clydesdale supports specific Scottish causes through a Community Partnership programme (most recently the Glasgow School of Art), and also supports the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.