Glasgow Chosen to Host First FinTech National Network Symposium

Fintech leaders and entrepreneurs from across the UK will gather in Glasgow for this inaugural symposium. 

The first ever FinTech National Network Symposium is set to take place in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre on the 10th of October 2019.

Hosted by industry body FinTech Scotland, the event will bring together various fintech bodies from across the UK.

The decision to host the symposium in Glasgow highlights the development of the city as a major global fintech cluster as part of the broad Innovation District development, while the university was selected for the leading role it has played in developing fintech skills and innovation.

Commenting, 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”.

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Senior fintech leaders from the Financial Conduct Authority, Scottish Development International, UK Department for International Trade, the Treasury and Fintech Alliance, will be in attendance on the day. The symposium builds on the announcement earlier this year by Innovate Finance, FinTech Scotland and FinTech North to establish the FinTech National Network. The network aims to foster collaboration between the bodies and provide valuable connections to amplify their collective support for fintech enterprises. It has expanded over the past few months to include FinTech Wales, FinTech Northern Ireland and FinTech West.

Key themes to be covered at the symposium include global innovation opportunities, encouraging greater diversity, the regulatory landscape as well as the developing of collaboration across the various bodies to support fintech growth and innovation. The meeting will also focus on setting goals for the FinTech National Network so the various bodies can work together to encourage fintech growth and innovation.

Following the Symposium, a meeting between various fintech bodies will be held and will be focusing on the rolling programme of activities to support collaborative fintech innovation in all parts of the UK. This is the latest meeting since the initial meeting and networking event hosted in June in Manchester by FinTech North.

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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.”

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.”

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



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