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UX specialists LION+MASON to deliver Better FinTech keynote at FinTech North Leeds Conference

14th February 2022

UX specialists LION+MASON to deliver Better FinTech keynote at FinTech North Leeds Conference

We’re really excited for our upcoming Leeds Conference. The hybrid event, which is our first conference in our home city since 2019, aims to bring together c.300 people to explore regional innovation, sustainability, talent & culture and their relation to FinTech. The conference, which will be hosted at FinTech North’s spiritual home at aql’s Salem … Continued

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Re-Cap: FinTech North Hull Forum 11th February

11th February 2022

Re-Cap: FinTech North Hull Forum 11th February

FinTech North headed to Hull for the first time in our existence last Friday. We launched our Hull Forum, in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs, which saw around over 20 delegates from across the UK make their way east to C4DI’s Media Suite in Hull. We would like to say a big thank-you to our … Continued

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Meet the Advisory Board: Kevin Mountford

7th February 2022

Meet the Advisory Board: Kevin Mountford

Kevin Mountford is the Co-Founder of Raisin UK and one of our valued Advisory Board members here at FinTech North. We recently sat down with Kevin to allow him to introduce himself to our community as well as to discuss FinTech and the future of FinTech North. Click the video below to watch the full … Continued

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Partner Profile – Maxim Cohen, The UK Adviser Group

1st February 2022

Partner Profile – Maxim Cohen, The UK Adviser Group

We recently sat down with our partners – The UK Adviser Group, a FinTech-driven full-service franchise model for mortgage and finance professionals. It was a great opportunity for us to speak with Founder and CEO, Maxim Cohen on the story and background of The UK Adviser Group and their support here at FinTech North. The … Continued

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Re-Cap: FinTech Funding Forum 27th January

27th January 2022

Re-Cap: FinTech Funding Forum 27th January

On the 27th of January, we welcomed over 30 delegates to Avenue HQ in Leeds for our FinTech Funding Forum, in collaboration with Barclays Eagle Labs and Leeds City Council. The interactive event aimed to connect investors & entrepreneurs, showcase innovative companies at different stages of the funding journey whilst addressing the funding landscape in … Continued

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The Coder’s Guild to provide free Tech Skills training in the North

25th January 2022

The Coder’s Guild to provide free Tech Skills training in the North

The Coder’s Guild are working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and other Northern public sector partners to help bridge the digital skills gap, bringing new skills to the tech industry in the area. After the success of our last delivery of short courses, the Guild are once again delivering the popular: Essential Skills For Your … Continued

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Green Finance Innovation Network launched by University of Leeds – launch event 28th February

20th January 2022

Green Finance Innovation Network launched by University of Leeds – launch event 28th February

 The University of Leeds have announced the launch of the Green Finance Innovation Network. This new network will help financial institutions access and use climate and environmental analytics by connecting them with expert businesses and research organisations. This exciting launch event, hosted on the 28th February, will be an opportunity to share knowledge between industry … Continued

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FinTech North to support 2022 Investment Series by FinTech Alliance x DIT

19th January 2022

FinTech North to support 2022 Investment Series by FinTech Alliance x DIT

FinTech Alliance has announced its third annual Investment Series, with signups now open for FinTechs and investors to take part. The series has a nationwide focus in partnership with the UK’s regional hubs. It will help companies at Seed and Series A raise capital and meet investors. Angel and VC investors will be able to … Continued

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FinTech North Community Survey 2022

13th January 2022

FinTech North Community Survey 2022

In 2021, FinTech North continued to adapt to new ways of working. We held 16 events throughout the year, including virtual events focusing on the Future of Savings and the Future of Mortgages before our return to face-to-face networking in the form of our hybrid Manchester conference. Throughout the year, we strived to engage with our community and … Continued

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Manchester start-up Hydr develops invoice finance platform to integrate with major cloud accounting software providers

Manchester start-up Hydr develops invoice finance platform to integrate with major cloud accounting software providers

Fintech start-up, Hydr has developed its proprietary invoice finance platform to integrate with more major cloud accounting software providers including Sage and QuickBooks. After launching exclusively with Xero in May, the Hydr platform can now be accessed by millions more SMEs in the UK who want to leverage their unpaid invoices to optimise cash flow … Continued

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Partner Profile – Manila McLean, Chief Information Officer, Newcastle Strategic Solutions

11th January 2022

Partner Profile – Manila McLean, Chief Information Officer, Newcastle Strategic Solutions

FinTech North recently sat down with Manila McLean, Chief Information Officer at Newcastle Strategic Solutions, to get to know the business better and to raise awareness amongst the Northern FinTech community about the work NSS do in the ecosystem. To listen to and view the recording, just click the image below. We have also produced … Continued

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FinTech Investment outside London increases by 237% amid record year in UK annual FinTech investment in 2021

7th January 2022

FinTech Investment outside London increases by 237% amid record year in UK annual FinTech investment in 2021

New data released by Innovate Finance, the industry body representing the UK FinTech industry, has revealed the 2021 UK and global FinTech investment trends. The data presents another milestone year for FinTech in the UK off the back of the Kalifa Review at the start of 2021. The UK FinTech scene continues its impressive year-on-year … Continued

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Next-Up present “Confidence to Grow” – a project designed for entrepreneurs to grow their business

6th January 2022

Next-Up present “Confidence to Grow” – a project designed for entrepreneurs to grow their business

Are you a Leeds-based entrepreneur or early start-up seeking professional advice and mentoring? Look no further than Next-Up’s “Confidence To Grow” 3 month project – designed to help take your business to the next level. Here at FinTech North, we strive to provide our community with opportunities that aid in developing the Northern FinTech ecosystem. … Continued

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Meet the Advisory Board: Richard Carter

4th January 2022

Meet the Advisory Board: Richard Carter

Richard Carter is one of our valued Advisory Board members at FinTech North. Along with his colleagues, Richard has been helping to shape the strategy at FinTech North and has been supporting our activity for the past 6 months. Richard is a familiar face to many in the FinTech North community, being the former Managing … Continued

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Applications open for 3rd Cohort Exchange Enterprise City, Manchester

10th December 2021

Applications open for 3rd Cohort Exchange Enterprise City, Manchester

Calling all ambitious FinTech founders and budding entrepreneurs! Applications for the third cohort of businesses to join the Exchange Enterprise City are now open. Enterprise City are looking for the next generation of tech businesses that want to scale and become the next British tech unicorn. SUPPORTING THE TECH & DIGITAL INDUSTRY The Exchange programme provides … Continued

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“Unlock your pitch” – Digital Oracles launches weekly event to support entrepreneurs with pitching

8th December 2021

“Unlock your pitch” – Digital Oracles launches weekly event to support entrepreneurs with pitching

Digital Oracles, together with their Accelerator partners, presents ‘Unlock your pitch’ – a weekly event to practice your pitch with other founders in a safe environment. We understand that the worldwide lockdown has changed people’s confidence in talking in public because face to face meetings became online meetings. We’re hoping to help startups get back … Continued

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Meet the Advisory Board – Maria Harris, Digital Cat Consultancy

6th December 2021

Meet the Advisory Board – Maria Harris, Digital Cat Consultancy

Maria Harris sits on our advisory board here at FinTech North. We recently sat down with her to give her an opportunity to introduce herself and Digital Cat Consultancy to our community. A link to the full interview can be found here, or by clicking on the image below. Tell us about yourself and Digital … Continued

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Meet the Advisory Board – Chelsea Boothroyd, NEXUS

Meet the Advisory Board – Chelsea Boothroyd, NEXUS

Chelsea Boothroyd sits on our advisory board at FinTech North and she recently took the time to give us a brief introduction about herself and her role at both FinTech North and Nexus. The full interview was recorded for the benefit of our community. To watch, simply click the image below. Tell us about yourself! … Continued

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Re-watch and re-cap: FinTech North Manchester Conference

2nd December 2021

Re-watch and re-cap: FinTech North Manchester Conference

On the 30th of November, we finally brought the Northern FinTech community together in physical form! With over 300 registrations for our hybrid FinTech North event, we were delighted to see some old faces and welcome some new ones. We thank our sponsors; LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group), OpenMoney and Infinity Works, Part of Accenture. … 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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