Barclays Bank’s 19,000 staff in the UK were put through one-day training
courses to ensure they were prepared for the launch of the euro last week.

The bank, which also has an extensive European and Bureau de Change network,
wanted to make sure its staff were up to date with issues including combating
forgery and money laundering.

"We had the training events to make sure all our staff were aware of the
euro coins and notes and the expected rise in transactions," explained a

Despite some teething problems, most retailers have simply added another
foreign currency on to the till system and little retraining has been

The British Retail Consortium has released advice to retailers on all the
issues involved in accepting the euro.

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