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FinTech North – 2020 reflections, plans for 2021 and beyond

4th December 2020

FinTech North – 2020 reflections, plans for 2021 and beyond

2020 has been a year of challenge and change for many organisations, with FinTech North being no exception. We would like to provide an update on our future plans and how we intend to evolve our proposition and enhance how we serve the northern FinTech community. FinTech North’s purpose & objectives FinTech North has a … Continued

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Partner Profile: UK Adviser – Maxim Cohen

23rd November 2021

Partner Profile: UK Adviser – Maxim Cohen

We recently sat down with our partners – mortgage specialists and digital franchise network Advisor UK. It was a great opportunity for us to speak with Founder and CEO, Maxim Cohen on the story and background of Advisor UK and their support here at FinTech North. The full interview was recorded for our community to … Continued

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Partner Profile: London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

17th November 2021

Partner Profile: London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

FinTech North is delighted to announce a partnership with London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). LSEG will be supporting our activity this year, including sponsorship of our Manchester Conference on the 30th November. In the below video, we sat down with James Cliffe, Group Head of Sales EMEA, Data & Analytics at London Stock Exchange Group … Continued

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GetMoreDoneLeeds: Leeds City Council partners with Paperound to help Leeds startups excel with ‘click-to-access’ student talent

16th November 2021

GetMoreDoneLeeds: Leeds City Council partners with Paperound to help Leeds startups excel with ‘click-to-access’ student talent

Leeds City Council and Paperound have teamed up to provide digital student resource for innovating entrepreneurs in Leeds. This initiative aims to help local innovators achieve more output by resourcing them with subsidised student talent to work on digital company tasks. The initiative will provide fully subsidised student resource for growing tech startups in Leeds … Continued

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Write-up and Rewatch: The Future of Savings 12/11

15th November 2021

Write-up and Rewatch: The Future of Savings 12/11

On Friday 12th November the northern FinTech community came together virtually to explore the direction of travel for the savings market. The Future of Savings was hosted in partnership with savings management and technology platform Newcastle Strategic Solutions. As ever, we have produced a write-up and recording of the event, for those who were unable … Continued

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FinTech North to support Tech Week Humber, 8-12 November

4th November 2021

FinTech North to support Tech Week Humber, 8-12 November

FinTech North is delighted to support Tech Week Humber 2021. Tech Week humber is a week-long annual physical and hybrid festival of tech events, with the Tech Expo as the flagship event of the week. Taking place in Hull at the Bonus Arena between Monday 8th and Friday 12th November, the week aims to connect … Continued

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FinTech North partners with resourcing specialists BrightBox Group

27th October 2021

FinTech North partners with resourcing specialists BrightBox Group

Competition is rife for the best in tech resource and over the last 18 months that has increased significantly. As FinTech markets continue to expand and mature, and the requirement to meet growth and investment demands increases, it is a sector that has felt a particular squeeze. With location no longer a key factor in … Continued

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Mitigating the risks of software failure within the Finance sector – Rod Cobain, Client Director, ROQ

26th October 2021

Mitigating the risks of software failure within the Finance sector – Rod Cobain, Client Director, ROQ

This article was authored by Rod Cobain, Client Director at ROQ. ROQ are a premier software testing consultancy and a partner of FinTech North.   There are a great many questions surrounding the UK financial markets, with one being that the institutional banks are supposed to be losing customers, but are they? One view is … Continued

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Write-up and Re-watch: The Future of Mortgages 21/10

21st October 2021

Write-up and Re-watch: The Future of Mortgages 21/10

On Thursday 21st October the Northern FinTech community came together virtually to discuss and explore how FinTech is impacting the Mortgage sector and the road to home ownership. The Future of Mortgages was hosted in partnership with AI and ML specialists Sandstone Technology. The community were clearly looking forward to this event, with nearly 200 … Continued

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FinTech North supports FinTech Scotland Conference: Accelerating FinTech across the UK

20th October 2021

FinTech North supports FinTech Scotland Conference: Accelerating FinTech across the UK

Last week, on Thursday 14th October, FinTech North made the trip North of the border to support our FinTech National Network colleagues FinTech Scotland with their Accelerating FinTech Across the UK conference. Around 150 delegates, mostly comprising of members the Scottish FinTech community, attended the conference at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Centre in Glasgow. … Continued

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Leeds City Council funding scheme aims to provide launchpad for next generation of business innovators

12th October 2021

Leeds City Council funding scheme aims to provide launchpad for next generation of business innovators

A Leeds City Council funding scheme is set to open the door to a bright business future for a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. The council launched its Innovation@Leeds scheme earlier this year when it invited grant applications from organisations that provide training, mentoring and other forms of support for people aiming to develop … Continued

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Open Banking Expo reunites Open Banking and Open Finance  ecosystem after 18 months apart

7th October 2021

Open Banking Expo reunites Open Banking and Open Finance ecosystem after 18 months apart

FinTech North Partner Open Banking Expo, the largest global community of Open Banking and Open Finance executives driving the biggest digital transformation in the financial services sector, will this November bring back together European innovators, disruptors and visionaries. On 4 November 2021, leaders and experts from across the breadth of financial services, including the UK’s … Continued

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FinTech North returns to face-to-face events for 4th annual Manchester Conference, FCA confirmed as speakers

5th October 2021

FinTech North returns to face-to-face events for 4th annual Manchester Conference, FCA confirmed as speakers

We are delighted to announce that FinTech North’s fourth annual Manchester conference will once again be hosted by University of Manchester on 30th November. The hybrid event is expecting to attract around 200 delegates to Central Manchester for a full-day conference featuring a line-up of national and regional FinTech experts and innovators. The FinTech North … Continued

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Re-watch: Leeds Open Mic FinTech Showcase 30/09

30th September 2021

Re-watch: Leeds Open Mic FinTech Showcase 30/09

On the 30th September, as part of the Leeds Digital Festival, FinTech North brought the northern FinTech community together virtually for an Open Mic FinTech Showcase. The format was simple – we reached out to the community and asked anyone with a FinTech business or idea to pitch and present. This offered the community the … Continued

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Partner Profile: BrightBox Group – Stuart Houghton & Steve Andrews

29th September 2021

Partner Profile: BrightBox Group – Stuart Houghton & Steve Andrews

We recently sat down with our Partners and Resourcing experts BrightBox Group, to get to know the business better and to understand how the FinTech North community can help. We spoke with Stuart Houghton, Founder and CEO, and Steve Andrews, Head of Sales and Marketing. We recorded the interview so those in our community can … Continued

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FinTech North takes part in National FinTech event in Glasgow

FinTech North takes part in National FinTech event in Glasgow

Building on the National Connectivity identified by the recent Kalifa Review (The UK Government’s strategic review into UK FinTech) as key to the success of UK FinTech, FinTech North is delighted to announce we are participating in a National FinTech conference in Glasgow next Month on the 14th October. Taking place at the University of … Continued

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Mastercard to partner with FinTech North to develop and grow the Northern FinTech ecosystems

7th September 2021

Mastercard to partner with FinTech North to develop and grow the Northern FinTech ecosystems

The national FinTech market is evolving and expanding, as evidenced recently when a strategic review of UK FinTech (the Kalifa Review) identified two of 10 FinTech clusters in the UK to be based in the North (The established Pennines cluster of Leeds & Manchester and the emerging cluster of Newcastle-Durham). Mastercard need no introduction as a … Continued

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Partner Profile: Andrew Jackson, Managing Director, Swish Fund

2nd September 2021

Partner Profile: Andrew Jackson, Managing Director, Swish Fund

FinTech North recently sat down with Andrew Jackson, Managing Director at SME lender Swish Fund, to get to know our Partner better and to raise awareness amongst the northern FinTech community about the work Swish Fund are doing in the ecosystem. To listen and view the interview, click the image below. We have also produced … Continued

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FinTech North partners with TISAtech to open up opportunities for Northern FinTechs

27th August 2021

FinTech North partners with TISAtech to open up opportunities for Northern FinTechs

FinTech North is delighted to announce a partnership with TISAtech aimed at opening up business development opportunities for Northern FinTechs to engage with established financial services organisations. TISAtech is a global digital platform that connects FinTechs with financial services firms, predominately banks, insurers, retail platforms and asset managers to provide solutions to issues such as … Continued

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Sandstone Technology Announce Partnership with FinTech North

24th August 2021

Sandstone Technology Announce Partnership with FinTech North

The national FinTech market is evolving and expanding, as evidenced recently when the UK government’s strategic review of UK FinTech (the Kalifa Review) identified two of 10 FinTech clusters in the UK to be based in the North (The established Pennines cluster of Leeds & Manchester and the emerging cluster of Newcastle-Durham). Sandstone Technology is a … Continued

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Roundtable – Manchester: The UK city to scale for FinTechs

20th August 2021

Roundtable – Manchester: The UK city to scale for FinTechs

Join FinTech North Partners MIDAS (Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency) and RSM UK for a roundtable event which will take a deep dive into one of the UK’s multibillion-pound digital ecosystems – Manchester. About Boasting 10% of global market share and generating £11bn in revenue annually, the UK is a dominant force in FinTech and in … Continued

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UK-Australia FinTech Bridge: DIT announce virtual UK-Australia FinTech Bridge Masterclass for UK companies interested in Australian FinTech opportunities

3rd August 2021

UK-Australia FinTech Bridge: DIT announce virtual UK-Australia FinTech Bridge Masterclass for UK companies interested in Australian FinTech opportunities

The UK-Australia FinTech Bridge is a collaborative effort across government and industry to identify emerging trends and policy, enable more efficient regulation and enhance bilateral trade and investment opportunities. It gives Australian businesses a pathway to succeed in the UK, British businesses a platform to succeed in Australia and together lead the world in financial … Continued

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Manchester Office ‘Crucial Part of Growth’ as UTP Group’s Same-Day Settlement Proves a Hit with Merchants

Manchester Office ‘Crucial Part of Growth’ as UTP Group’s Same-Day Settlement Proves a Hit with Merchants

UTP Group (UTP), a European card payment solutions provider, which now has operations in Manchester, Hastings and Reading, is seeing increased demand for its services as more and more merchants are looking for quick and easy to use FinTech solutions. As the UK economy begins to recover, UTP, which opened offices in central Manchester in 2020, … Continued

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xDesign Opens Office in Leeds, Actively Recruiting to Create 100 New Jobs in Region by 2023

20th July 2021

xDesign Opens Office in Leeds, Actively Recruiting to Create 100 New Jobs in Region by 2023

FinTech North Partner xDesign, an award-winning independently and owner-operated product and software engineering company with over 100 employees, has today announced its new office opening in Leeds, with plans to help accelerate growth and create jobs in the region over the next three years. The North’s tech ecosystem is poised for an exciting period of … Continued

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Re-watch & re-cap: FraudTech & FinCrime Forum

15th July 2021

Re-watch & re-cap: FraudTech & FinCrime Forum

On the 15th July the Northern FinTech community came together virtually to discuss recent developments in FraudTech and Financial Crime. The FraudTech & FinCrime Forum was supported by AML (anti-money laundering) specialists Tasika and Financial Crime experts Analysis International. Following the recent move towards digital, in the wake of the pandemic which saw more businesses … Continued

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Is the FinTech market a beacon of hope for the UK economy? – Maxim Cohen, UK Adviser

13th July 2021

Is the FinTech market a beacon of hope for the UK economy? – Maxim Cohen, UK Adviser

Last year, faced with the need to adjust to the ‘new normal’ imposed on us overnight by the pandemic, we all turned our attention to digital. With more day-to-day activities taking place online, the demand for digital finance and financial services technology has accelerated what was already in growth, providing greater opportunity for the UK … Continued

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Write-up & re-watch: Financial Inclusion Forum 25/06

28th June 2021

Write-up & re-watch: Financial Inclusion Forum 25/06

On the 25th June the Northern FinTech Community came together virtually to explore Financial Inclusion. Financial Inclusion is defined as the availability and equality of opportunities to access financial services. It refers to a process by which individuals and businesses can access appropriate, affordable, and timely financial products and services. This was our second Financial … Continued

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“Dear CEO Letter” – FCA Deadline looming for e-money firms

23rd June 2021

“Dear CEO Letter” – FCA Deadline looming for e-money firms

On the 18th May 2021, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to e-money firms, expressing concern that “many e-money firms compare their services to traditional bank accounts or hold themselves out as an alternative in their financial promotions”. The FCA is concerned that consumers may not be aware that e-money … Continued

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Opportunities in Finland for Northern FinTechs

7th June 2021

Opportunities in Finland for Northern FinTechs

Calling Northern FinTechs; do you provide solutions in customer experience design, beyond banking solutions, digital identity management, AI and ML, open banking, API’s and other integrations? If so, there are business development opportunities in the Finnish ecosystem we think you should know about! Finland has a vibrant tech start-up ecosystem and is host of the … Continued

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Write-up and re-watch: North East FinTech Showcase 03/06/21

3rd June 2021

Write-up and re-watch: North East FinTech Showcase 03/06/21

On the 3rd June the Northern FinTech community came together to discuss FinTech in the North East. The North East FinTech Showcase was hosted in partnership with Dynamo North East and Tech Nation. For anyone who was unable to join the session live, we have produced a write-up and recording. Please click the image below … Continued

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Re-watch & write-up: Equality, Diversity & Bias in FinTech 28/05

28th May 2021

Re-watch & write-up: Equality, Diversity & Bias in FinTech 28/05

On the 28th May, the Northern FinTech Community came together to discuss Equality, Diversity and Bias in FinTech. For those who were unable to join the event live, we have produced a recording and a write-up. Please see below for the write-up and click the image below to view the recording. We were joined by … Continued

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