Gathering of leaders

Glasgow ‘honoured’ to host first ever FinTech symposium

Stephen Ingledew

Stephen Ingledew: ‘great honour’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Fintech leaders will gather in Glasgow next week for the first ever FinTech National Network Symposium.

The symposium on 10 October will bring together the UK’s various fintech bodies at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre which has played a leading global role in developing fintech skills and innovation.

The hosting of the symposium is seen as further recognition of Glasgow as a major global fintech cluster as part of the broader Innovation District development.

The symposium builds on the announcement earlier this year by Innovate Finance, FinTech Scotland and FinTech North to establish the FinTech National Network to foster collaboration between the bodies and provide valuable connections to amplify their collective support for fintech enterprises.

Over recent months the network has expanded to include FinTech Wales, FinTech Northern Ireland and FinTech West.

Also attending next week’s event will be the Financial Conduct Authority, Scottish Development International, the Department for International Trade, the Treasury and the Fintech Alliance. They will be joined by leading fintech entrepreneurs.

This first symposium will consider growth, innovation, collaboration, diversity and the regulatory landscape. It will set goals for the FinTech National Network.

Stephen Ingledew, CEO of FinTech Scotland said: “It’s a great honour to be hosting the first symposium of the FinTech National Network with the fast growing fintech community in Glasgow. We’re delighted at the prospect of showcasing the great collaboration, innovation and inclusion opportunities offered by our vibrant ecosystem”

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance said: “The UK is a world leader in FinTech, but in order to develop and grow further, it is vital that we connect hubs around the country. Innovate Finance is committed to ensuring that innovation in Financial Services is represented across the UK and not just London.”

Chris Sier, HM Treasury FinTech Envoy & Chairman, FinTech North said: “I’m delighted to see the different regional ecosystems around the UK coming together via the FinTech National Network. A collaborative and open approach is the route to success and the national FinTech sector will be stronger thanks to this initiative.”

Sir Jim MacDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor at the University of Strathclyde said: “Strathclyde  is firmly committed to supporting the growth of the FinTech community.

“Glasgow is very well placed to contribute to the success of the fintech cluster given both the numbers of entrepreneurial FinTech start-ups, access to world-class research and talent, and the growing presence of large global financial services companies who are making significant investments in the city which will bring new technologies, new products, new jobs and economic growth”

Those interesting in attending the symposium can register using this link.

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