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Enfield to celebrate decades of innovation at ATM’s 50th Birthday

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23 June 2017

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Enfield is marking the 50th anniversary of the world’s first cash machine and highlighting the borough’s on-going reputation as a place of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship.

•             Enfield invited to celebrate world’s first cash machine in Enfield Town on 27 June
•             St. Anne’s Catholic High School Gospel Choir to sing as part of the celebrations
•             Enfield remains a hub for investors and manufacturers across industries

Enfield is to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s first cash machine that will highlight the borough’s on-going reputation as a place of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship.
The first automated teller machine, or ATM, was opened in Enfield Town at Barclays on 27 June 1967, in front of hundreds of onlookers, with ‘On the Buses’ actor Reg Varney being the first to use it.

“At the time, Enfield was known as an industrious borough and that reputation continues today,” said Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration & Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin.

It is no surprise that Enfield was chosen as the town to pioneer the cash machine due to its huge links with industry. The Royal Small Arms site manufactured the Lee Enfield rifle.

Enfield was also home to the names that pioneered the light sector on an industrial scale: Belling, Ferguson, Glover and Main, MK Electric among others. An accidental discovery in a Ponders End light factory led to the manufacture of television and radio.

Charles Babbage himself, the mastermind behind the “calculating engine”, widely accepted as the forefather of the computer, had his early education in Baker Street, Enfield.

Cllr Sitkin said, “Today, we are still a magnificent borough of innovators, inventors and inspiration.

"Just look for example at the burgeoning brewing businesses in Enfield, our cutting-edge new homes plans or our environmental projects. Enfield is seen as a place for collaboration, growth and sustainability by the high tech and manufacturing sectors.

"In addition, continued investment in the borough will help businesses survive and thrive.”

Innovative digital and ICT systems are fundamental to the future of Council services and technology is improving the experience for those people across Enfield who use our services.

Over the past 18 months the Council has been making significant improvements to its systems, including Wi-Fi in Council buildings, securing data in the Cloud, introducing mobile devices and improving telephone systems.

We have also been working in partnership with technology giants to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence solutions, including chatbots and cognitive agents. These investments represent a significant step forward in ensuring Enfield Council is at the forefront of technological innovation in local government.

Barclays Enfield branch will be celebrating with the community on the 27 June across the day – local residents are welcome to come along from 11.30am to watch live performances, use the world’s first cash machine, and to find out more about the history of the ATM.

Enfield Council is proud to present St Anne’s Catholic High School's Gospel Choir, who will be performing on the Market Square's bandstand at 11.30am.