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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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Re-watch: MIDAS Virtual FinTech Mission

18th September 2020

Re-watch: MIDAS Virtual FinTech Mission

On 15th and 16th September, FinTech North participated in MIDAS’s Manchester Virtual FInTech Mission. MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment promotion agency, has helped hundreds of FinTech and financial services firms successfully establish operations in the city. MIDAS worked with the Department for International Trade, FinTech North and Tech Nation to give attendees and the FinTech North Community the opportunity to … Continued

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Discount for FinTech North Community at AI Tech North 2020

15th September 2020

Discount for FinTech North Community at AI Tech North 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be collaborating with AI Tech North for their 2020 Great Northern Summit, the largest AI community platform in the North UK. This October, the Great Northern Summit is continuing to lead the AI revolution by assembling leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts from within the industry, allowing them to unify … Continued

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Webinar Review: Increasing Resilience in FinTech

14th September 2020

Webinar Review: Increasing Resilience in FinTech

On Friday 11th September, the FinTech North Community came together virtually to discuss Resilience in FinTech. This webinar was supported by key FinTech North supporters RSM UK, as part of Scotland FinTech Festival (7th September – 5th October). If you missed the webinar, or if you’d like to re-cap the discussion around Increasing Resilience, you … Continued

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FinTech North to support MIDAS ‘Virtual FinTech Mission’

24th August 2020

FinTech North to support MIDAS ‘Virtual FinTech Mission’

Home to a thriving £5bn digital ecosystem, Manchester is officially the UK’s Top Digital Tech City (The Data City, 2020) and boasts the largest regional FinTech ecosystem in the UK (Whitecap Consulting, 2020). Attracting the ambitious from around the world – including firms OakNorth, Adyen and Klarna – and with ambitions to create a critical mass of homegrown … Continued

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FinTech North announces calendar of Autumn Webinars

3rd August 2020

FinTech North announces calendar of Autumn Webinars

In the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the world has changed significantly. New trends are materialising in new market conditions. New innovations are changing the way we purchase, save and speculate. FinTech has proved integral to managing finances during lockdown and FinTech adoption is on the rise. FinTech North has also adapted. At the beginning … Continued

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FinTech North Community Survey 2020

16th July 2020

FinTech North Community Survey 2020

Since 2016 FinTech North has hosted over 55 events across the North of England, including 24 events in 2019. Recent events have led to major changes for many organisations, and have created many challenges for events. In addition to commencing joint webinars with some of our key partners, in recent weeks we have helped share … Continued

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Development of FinTech ecosystems – Hear from the FinTech National Network

Development of FinTech ecosystems – Hear from the FinTech National Network

On Thursday 23rd July, FinTech North, along with our partners in the FinTech National Network and Deloitte, will host a webinar to explore the key themes around the development of FinTech ecosystems across the country. FinTech North, Innovate Finance, FinTech Scotland, FinTech NI, FinTech Wales, FinTech West and Deloitte will highlight the building blocks and … Continued

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Webinar write-up: How ML & Smart Analytics are helping FinTechs understand their data

9th July 2020

Webinar write-up: How ML & Smart Analytics are helping FinTechs understand their data

On Thursday 9th July the Northern FinTech community gathered to discuss how Machine Learning and Smart Analytics are helping FinTechs understand their data. This webinar was hosted in partnership with Netpremacy. Julian Wells, Director of Whitecap Consulting and FinTech North, welcomed everybody and provided an overview of FinTech North’s activity, which includes over 56 events … Continued

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Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) launches global pandemic impact survey

8th July 2020

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) launches global pandemic impact survey

Together with the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has launched a global research initiative to collect and analyse timely data related to the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the Fintech Industry. This survey serves as the main data-collection tool and is being administered by the CCAF at the University of Cambridge Judge … Continued

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Webinar review: The Role of FinTech in Personal Debt

28th June 2020

Webinar review: The Role of FinTech in Personal Debt

On Friday 26th June we hosted a webinar on the subject of FinTech and personal debt, the second in a two part series held in partnership with Leeds City Council, following a webinar on business debt held earlier in the month. We have recapped the webinar discussion below and you can view the recording here. … Continued

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FinTech North & Leeds City Council – Business Debt webinar reflections

25th June 2020

FinTech North & Leeds City Council – Business Debt webinar reflections

On Friday 12th June FinTech North hosted a webinar in partnership with Leeds City Council which focused on the topic of business debt / lending, and the role that FinTech can play in this critical area as the UK faces up to the challenges and opportunities of economic recovery. After the event, Julian Wells reflected … Continued

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