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Tech Nation opens applications for Growth & Sector Programmes, including FinTech 4.0

14th May 2021

Tech Nation opens applications for Growth & Sector Programmes, including FinTech 4.0

Our friends and colleagues at Tech Nation have opened applications for their growth & sector programmes, including FinTech 4.0. We’ve heard nothing but great things about the programmes, so we’d like to encourage founders and the wider leadership team at Northern FinTech and insurtech companies to apply. FinTech 4.0 consists of insights sessions delivered by some of … Continued

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Identity frauds that might pose a threat to your company in 2021 – Ondato

13th May 2021

Identity frauds that might pose a threat to your company in 2021 – Ondato

Ondato is a partner of FinTech North. In this article, the team from Ondato highlight some key areas of consideration for the FinTech North community in relation to fraud. Identity frauds that might pose a threat to your company in 2021 The days when secure client verification was only a headache for business giants are … Continued

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Deeper partnerships between Banks and FinTechs will transform personal finance according to new Monevo report

10th May 2021

Deeper partnerships between Banks and FinTechs will transform personal finance according to new Monevo report

Monevo, the market leading personal credit platform & API, has released an independent report on UK Banks and FinTechs setting out the business case for developing closer partnerships and defining exactly how customers are set to benefit. Entitled ‘The Banks and the FinTech: Creating Better Banking Together’, the new report is the culmination of in-depth … Continued

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Write-up: FinTech North Roundtable – Designing the future customer experience in FS

4th May 2021

Write-up: FinTech North Roundtable – Designing the future customer experience in FS

On Tuesday 4th May, FinTech North gathered together business leaders from across the Financial Services and FinTech sectors to discuss Designing the future customer experience in FS. The Roundtable was hosted in partnership with leading technology and engineering consultancy Infinity Works. The event was chaired by FinTech North chair Chris Sier. We were joined by … Continued

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DIT announces FinTech Mission to Canada – April-July 2021

30th April 2021

DIT announces FinTech Mission to Canada – April-July 2021

We are pleased to share details of the next stage of the FinTech Mission to Canada as part of the Northern Powerhouse FinTech Mission Programme. We are working with Department for International Trade, DIT Canada, the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, the High Commission in Canada and the Ontario Trade and Investment Office to deliver this … Continued

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Re-watch & write-up: FinTech and Green & Ethical Finance 29/04/21

29th April 2021

Re-watch & write-up: FinTech and Green & Ethical Finance 29/04/21

On Thursday 29th April, the Northern FinTech community came together virtually to explore Green and Ethical Finance in FinTech. A big thank you to our event partners WellHouse for helping us to shape the content on this one. WellHouse provide NED, advisor or consultancy services, depending on the firm’s needs, to the wealth management and … Continued

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FinTech North Partners with Newcastle Strategic Solutions

16th April 2021

FinTech North Partners with Newcastle Strategic Solutions

Partnering with FinTech North to develop and grow FinTech in the North East The national FinTech market is evolving and expanding, as evidenced recently when a strategic review of UK FinTech (the Kalifa Review) identified the North East as one of the top 10 FinTech clusters in the UK, and one of two clusters in … Continued

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Write-up: Central European Virtual FinTech Trade Mission to the Northern Powerhouse 30/03

30th March 2021

Write-up: Central European Virtual FinTech Trade Mission to the Northern Powerhouse 30/03

On Tuesday the 30th March FinTech North, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, hosted a Central European Virtual FinTech Trade Mission to the Northern Powerhouse. We were joined by Chris Sier, FinTech North Chair and FinTech Envoy at HM Treasury, and Julian Wells, Director at Whitecap Consulting and FinTech North, who both chaired … Continued

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Re-watch & re-cap: Open Banking Forum 19/03/21

19th March 2021

Re-watch & re-cap: Open Banking Forum 19/03/21

On the 19th March the FinTech North community came together virtually to discuss Open Banking. For those who couldn’t join the event live, we have produced a recording and a write-up so you can catch up. Click the image below to view the recording. Joe Roche, Engagement Manager at FinTech North, welcomed attendees to the … Continued

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Re-watch and re-cap: Digital Payments Forum 12/03

15th March 2021

Re-watch and re-cap: Digital Payments Forum 12/03

On the 12th March the northern FinTech community came together virtually to explore the Payments sector. FinTech across the Northern Powerhouse is vibrant and diverse, Payments is one of many Northern strengths within FinTech and has seen success and challenges over the past 12 months, as the way we live and pay for things has … Continued

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Guest Blog: “Dare mighty things” – Dawn Dunn, Dynamo North East

2nd March 2021

Guest Blog: “Dare mighty things” – Dawn Dunn, Dynamo North East

The spacecraft landing on Mars last month could possibly be the only valid excuse to miss the launch of BottlePay; a Newcastle based start-up revolutionising international micropayments through cryptocurrency. An £11m round of seed funding and a £50m valuation gives a certain level of confidence to founder Pete Cheyne and his team, who boast renowned … Continued

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Re-watch: Virtual Leeds Conference & FinTech Showcase

26th February 2021

Re-watch: Virtual Leeds Conference & FinTech Showcase

On the 25th February 2021, the northern FinTech community gathered together virtually for our annual Leeds Conference. We were thrilled to have over 400 registrations for the event, which was shared with our colleagues and partners across the FinTech National Network. For those unable to join the session live, we have produced a write-up and … Continued

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Regional FinTech leaders unite in letter to Chancellor

25th February 2021

Regional FinTech leaders unite in letter to Chancellor

FinTech West is one of six representatives from the UK’s key regional FinTech networks to have joined forces to deliver a letter to the Chancellor with more than 250 signatures from across the UK, calling for the soon to be released UK FinTech Review to recognise the important role of regional FinTech. The letter also … Continued

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Event write-up: FinTech Leaders Roundtable, in partnership with Infinity Works

23rd February 2021

Event write-up: FinTech Leaders Roundtable, in partnership with Infinity Works

On Tuesday the 23rd February FinTech North gathered together business leaders from both northern FinTech and FS to discuss customer centric service design. The FinTech Leaders Roundtable was hosted in partnership with leading engineering and technology consultancy Infinity Works. Customer centricity is incredibly important for both challenger FinTechs, such as neobanks, and heritage banks and … Continued

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International Opportunities for Northern FinTechs – FinTech North partners with DIT

17th February 2021

International Opportunities for Northern FinTechs – FinTech North partners with DIT

In Partnership with the Department for International Trade, FinTech North is delighted to present a number of upcoming international opportunities for northern FinTechs taking place as virtual trade missions across March 2021.   FinTech in the northern powerhouse is vibrant and diverse, with strong regional ecosystems in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Regional strengths include … Continued

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Write-up and Re-watch: The Future of Mortgages

5th February 2021

Write-up and Re-watch: The Future of Mortgages

On Friday 5th February the northern FinTech community came together virtually to explore Mortgages through the lens of FinTech. The Future of Mortgages was hosted in partnership with Fluent Mortgages. The event was well attended, with over 300 registrations and 160 people joining the session live. For those who weren’t able to join the event … Continued

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FinTech North supports letter to Chancellor – Add your signature!

1st February 2021

FinTech North supports letter to Chancellor – Add your signature!

In partnership with the other members of the FinTech National Network, FinTech North is putting its support behind a letter to the Chancellor to call for regional FinTech to be supported in the soon to be published UK FinTech Strategic Review. We want to get as many signatories as possible – please add your name here … Continued

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FinTech North to host FinTech Leaders Roundtable

27th January 2021

FinTech North to host FinTech Leaders Roundtable

FinTech North is delighted to announce a series of thought-leading invite-only roundtable events in partnership with leading digital transformation and engineering consultancy Infinity Works. The events, hosted by Chris Sier, HM Treasury FinTech Envoy and chair of FinTech North, will bring together FinTech and FS business leaders from across the North to discuss the challenges … Continued

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Re-watch & write-up: FinTech North Financial Inclusion Forum

10th December 2020

Re-watch & write-up: FinTech North Financial Inclusion Forum

On Thursday 10th December, in the run-up to a festive period where the majority of transactions will take place away from shop-fronts and city centres, the northern FinTech community came together virtually to explore Financial Inclusion. We were joined by a panel of good friends and sector experts, to share their views insights and experiences … Continued

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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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Re-watch: Future of FinTech – Talent & Skills 26/11

26th November 2020

Re-watch: Future of FinTech – Talent & Skills 26/11

On the 26th November the northern FinTech community gathered to discuss talent and skills within FinTech. Our Future of FinTech – Talent & Skills event was hosted in partnership with talent acquisition experts Matt Burton Associates. For those who could not join the event live, we have produced a recording of the session. Click here … Continued

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Re-watch: The Future of Savings 18/11

18th November 2020

Re-watch: The Future of Savings 18/11

On the 18th November the FinTech North Community came together to discuss the Future of Savings. The Future of Savings was hosted in partnership with Raisin, Mutual Vision and Newcastle Strategic Solutions. For those who couldn’t join the session live, we have produced a recording and a write-up of the event. Click the image below … Continued

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Re-watch: Virtual Manchester Conference 12/11/2020

13th November 2020

Re-watch: Virtual Manchester Conference 12/11/2020

On the 12th November 2020, the FinTech North Community came together virtually for our 3rd annual Manchester Conference and our first ever Virtual Conference, which was hosted in partnership with global card issuing platform Marqeta. To re-watch the conference, click the image below. Speaker and Showcase timings follow in the article below. Joe Roche, Engagement … Continued

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The FinTech for Schools Experience

The FinTech for Schools Experience

FinTech North is delighted to share an announcement from Innovate Finance, the UK’s representative body for FinTech and the coordinators of the FinTech National Network   Innovate Finance is proud to launch our revamped FinTech for Schools experience. Supporting talent and skills in FinTech is one of our key priorities and we recognise it is … Continued

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Let’s talk about Diversity

10th November 2020

Let’s talk about Diversity

Diversity is quite rightly being talked about a lot across the world at the moment, including within the FinTech sector. Having grown up in Leeds, itself an incredibly diverse city, and having attended an inner-city state school, I have always found myself part of many cultures and involved with people of varied backgrounds and upbringing; … Continued

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The FinTech Power 50 launches the FinTech KICKSTART scheme to provide employment opportunities for young people

2nd November 2020

The FinTech Power 50 launches the FinTech KICKSTART scheme to provide employment opportunities for young people

The Fintech Power 50 and its partners (Innovate Finance, London & Partners, Rise created by Barclays, Level39, Emerging Payments Association and iFinance Academy, part of The Conexus Group) have today announced the launch of the FinTech KICKSTART scheme that looks to champion support across its FinTech ecosystem and provide employment opportunities for 16-24 year olds. … Continued

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Northern FinTechs encouraged to apply to Digital Sandbox by 30th October

26th October 2020

Northern FinTechs encouraged to apply to Digital Sandbox by 30th October

Northern FinTechs are being encouraged to apply to the FCA and City of London’s Digital Sandbox.   The regulatory sandbox allows businesses to test innovative propositions in the market with real consumers. The digital sandbox will accept applications in these areas: Preventing fraud & scams Improving financial resilience of vulnerable consumers Improving access to finance … Continued

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Re-watch & Re-cap: FinTech North Blockchain Forum 23/10

23rd October 2020

Re-watch & Re-cap: FinTech North Blockchain Forum 23/10

On the 23rd October the FinTech North Community came together virtually to discuss Blockchain applications and use-cases at our 3rd annual Blockchain Forum, supported by global law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Returning to Blockchain in 2020 allowed us to look back at our previous year’s events and to reflect on how things have progressed. Joe … Continued

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FinTech North confirms virtual Manchester Conference on 12th November

14th October 2020

FinTech North confirms virtual Manchester Conference on 12th November

Following the success of two previous conferences in Manchester, FinTech North is returning for its third annual Manchester conference on 12th November.   In light of the current situation, the event will be hosted virtually in a webinar format, taking place as a half-day event starting at 12:30 on 12th November. Last year’s conference attracted … Continued

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Re-watch: Leeds Open Mic FinTech Showcase

30th September 2020

Re-watch: Leeds Open Mic FinTech Showcase

On the 29th September the FinTech North Community came together for FinTech North’s first ever Open Mic FinTech Showcase. This event was hosted in partnership with Netpremacy, as part of Leeds Digital Festival.   Our objective with this event was to host an informal, pitch-style event during the festival which was open to the Northern … Continued

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