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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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FinTech Wales launches The Foundry – A 12 week FinTech accelerator programme

17th May 2021

FinTech Wales launches The Foundry – A 12 week FinTech accelerator programme

Our FinTech National Network colleagues FinTech Wales have announced the Foundry – a 12 week accelerator designed to pair global startups with leading Welsh institutions in a bid to drive jobs, deals, and investment in the sector. Capitalising on an already booming local ecosystem, the FinTech Wales Foundry is now accepting applications for its first … Continued

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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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