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Opportunity: Phoenix Group launch 2 new FinTech challenges as part of Innovation Forum

19th May 2022

Opportunity: Phoenix Group launch 2 new FinTech challenges as part of Innovation Forum

Phoenix Group (previously Standard Life) has just launched 2 new challenges as part of their Innovation Programme, and are keen to get fintech applications from across the UK. This programme builds on the innovation work already underway at Phoenix and creates a purposeful pathway for them to build partnerships with FinTech and Tech SME’s. For … Continued

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Opening your Business to Ukrainian Tech Talent – 25th May 11am

5th May 2022

Opening your Business to Ukrainian Tech Talent – 25th May 11am

Alongside our colleagues at the FinTech National Network and Tech Nation, FinTech North is delighted to be part of an event which aims to support Ukrainian tech talent. With the ever evolving and devastating situation in Ukraine unfolding before our eyes, organisations and individuals have been left feeling helpless, wondering how they can best support. … Continued

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North East to develop 3 year FinTech strategy

7th April 2022

North East to develop 3 year FinTech strategy

Whitecap Consulting, the regional strategy consultancy and co-founder of FinTech North, is collaborating with key regional stakeholders across the public, private and higher education sectors on an expansion plan for growth and jobs in the North East FinTech sector. FinTech North is delighted to be supporting this project, which is well timed in the run … Continued

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FinTech North Community Survey Findings 2022

31st March 2022

FinTech North Community Survey Findings 2022

Since our foundation in 2016 FinTech North has been the focal point for FinTech in the Northern Powerhouse, regularly supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of the FinTech life-cycle with relevant connections and business development opportunities. In 2021, FinTech North continued to adapt. We held 16 events throughout the year, including many a virtual events before … Continued

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FinTech North partners with digital transformation specialist GFT

24th March 2022

FinTech North partners with digital transformation specialist GFT

Global digital transformation specialist GFT joins forces with FinTech North, following the opening of its Manchester Innovation Hub in September last year. Working alongside the well-known platform, GFT will assist with its continued support of the best and brightest fintech businesses across the region. Employing more than 8,000 people globally, GFT advises and supports some … Continued

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Bank of England: Diversity in FinTech – 6th April Hybrid event in Leeds and London

23rd March 2022

Bank of England: Diversity in FinTech – 6th April Hybrid event in Leeds and London

As part of UK Fintech Week, the Bank of England is hosting an event on Diversity in Fintech on Wednesday 6th April. The Bank recently published an independent review of ethnic diversity and inclusion within the Bank and a discussion paper jointly with the FCA on diversity in financial services. In collaboration with FinTech North, Innovate Finance and … Continued

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FinTech North Leeds Conference 2022: Re-Cap and Re-Watch

17th March 2022

FinTech North Leeds Conference 2022: Re-Cap and Re-Watch

On the 17th of March, we welcomed over 150 delegates from the Northern FinTech community to aql‘s impressive Salem Chapel. It was great to see some new and familiar faces at our first physical event in the city since 2019. A huge thank you to our sponsors; TruNarrative, LION+MASON, Leeds City Council, Unblu and Squire … Continued

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Lloyds Banking Group launch 3 new challenges as part of their Innovation Lab Programme, FinTech applications encouraged

11th March 2022

Lloyds Banking Group launch 3 new challenges as part of their Innovation Lab Programme, FinTech applications encouraged

Lloyds Banking Group have launched the innovation lab programme in 2022, building on the successful launch last year. It offers ambitious companies and individuals the chance to run a proof of concept in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group (LBG). LBG believe better collaboration with FinTechs and InsurTechs is key to delivering exceptional service across the … Continued

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Innovate Finance announce the return of the IFGS, FinTech North to support this April

2nd March 2022

Innovate Finance announce the return of the IFGS, FinTech North to support this April

The IFGS returns to the historic Guildhall in the City of London and will welcome the brightest and best from the FinTech ecosystem to discuss and debate the crucial issues facing the sector and beyond. The flagship event is hosted by Innovate Finance and takes place on Monday 4th & 5thApril 2022.       … Continued

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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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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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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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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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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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