- Access (credit card)
Access is a former
credit cardintroduced in Great Britainin 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 Irelandand the Republic of Irelandby Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of NatWest, Northern Bank, then a subsidiary of Midland, and Bank of Irelandwhich was unconnected to the founder banks. The card scheme was run from Southend-on-Seain Essex, by the Joint Credit Card CompanyLimited. It participated in the Eurocard/ MasterCardsystems. Europay InternationalSA has since been taken over by MasterCard International itself.
One of the early slogans was "Your flexible friend" (which was featured in an episode of Mr. Bean); another slogan which featured in a television advertisement was "does you does, or does you don't take Access", accompanied by an animated Access and his friend Money (a pound sign). Access merged with the international credit card brand MasterCard in 1996. Some businesses still advertise as accepting the Access card as old signage has not been removed. The brand is considered nostalgic in the
United Kingdom, in a similar manner to the former Midland Bank griffinlogo.
* [http://www.apacs.org.uk/payment_options/documents/Plastic%20Cards%20_%20History%20of%20Plastic%20Cards%20in%20the%20UK%20v1.pdf Association for Payment Clearing Services] "History of Plastic Cards"
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