Coutts – Understanding our brands


Coutts – Understanding our brands

'Understanding our brands’ is a series of articles providing an overview of each of our brands. Here we look at Coutts, the bank that provides private & commercial banking and wealth management services to clients based in the UK.

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10 November 2016

Man walks past Coutts office window

Coutts has always had a strong reputation for stability and reliability.

Coutts provides private and commercial banking and wealth management services to clients based in – and with strong connections to – the UK.

Coutts headquarters is at 440 Strand in London, just 200 yards away from the location of the original goldsmith’s shop that was founded in 1692 under the sign of the three crowns.

The building was designed by Regency architect John Nash, and is Grade II listed. It was remodelled in 1904 when Coutts moved from 59 Strand, and again in the 1970s by Sir Frederick Gibberd. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment with the impressive atrium-style banking hall being officially reopened by Her Majesty The Queen.

Coutts has always had a strong reputation for stability and reliability – there has never been a ‘run’ on the bank in the whole of its 325 year history.

Coutts is and has always been part of the fabric of London. As the city has developed and grown in the last ten years to become one of the financial centres of the world, attracting international citizens seeking a place to do business, a location to own homes and a country to educate their children, so the clients of Coutts have also changed.

Did you know:

  • In 1963 Coutts became the first British bank to have a fully computerised accounting system.
  • Past clients of Coutts include Charles Dickens, the 1st Duke of Wellington, surgeon Sir Joseph Lister and founder of the Girl Guides, Agnes Baden Powell. King George III was the first monarch to hold a bank account with Coutts. 

History of logo:

The Coutts logo is made up of three core elements – the word marque is based on Thomas Coutts’ signature, the meridian line represents the connectedness of Coutts and the three crowns were the sign under which Coutts first operated 300 years ago.

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