Belfast Telegraph

Barclays was the UK's most written-about firm in 2019

Boss: Jes Staley
Boss: Jes Staley

By Henry Saker-Clark

Barclays has been named as the most written-about business over the past year.

This follows a 12 months which saw the banking giant face opposition from an activist investor and high-profile court cases.

The FTSE 100 company narrowly beat supermarket Sainsbury's in the first ever Noise Index of business coverage by website Briefcase.news.

It said that Barclays, led by chief executive Jes Staley, topped the list after it analysed 12 months of articles from Fleet Street's major media organisations.

Barclays was written about 884 times during the year, as it was in the spotlight due to the presence of an activist on its board, issues of remuneration, and ongoing court cases relating to former employees.

Sainsbury's was written about on 840 occasions as its failed attempt to merge with rival Asda brought it significant attention.

The deal was blocked in April, a year after it was first agreed.

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Elsewhere, M&S was just one of two businesses outside of the FTSE 100 to make the top 10, alongside Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

Alastair Cotton, chief executive officer at Briefcase.news, said that Fleet Street "remains in rude health in its role of holding UK PLC to account".

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