Five businesses have been selected as finalists for this year’s Scottish Financial Services Awards, including Edinburgh fintech firm Origo; investment bank Barclays; investment writing and communications agency, Copylab; independent banking group CYBG; and data-driven invoice payment specialist, Previse.
All five organisations impressed judges with their range of achievements and innovation. The winners will be announced at the Scottish Financial Enterprise Annual Dinner in Glasgow on 25th October. This event will also reveal the winner of the Rising Star Award.
Scottish Financial Services Awards 2018
The annual awards ceremony, which is run by Scottish Financial Enterprise and sponsored by EY, celebrates and recognises excellence in the financial services sector.
Previous recipients of the awards include Edinburgh-based fintech company, Nucleus Financial, which listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM after winning the award in 2017. The Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank and Standard Life Investments have all been recognised at the awards.
Victoria Maclean, an equities fund manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, won the inaugural Rising Star Award in 2017 and has since gone on to become the Chairwoman of SFE Young Professionals. Graeme Jones, SFE chief executive, said this year’s event saw a high volume of nominations.
He said: “The calibre of this year’s nominations was extremely high and created a difficult task for the judging panel.
“The range of businesses represented in the final line-up illustrates our diverse and successful industry, which continues to grow with 10,000 new financial services jobs being created and the second highest foreign direct investment in the UK being secured.”
Jones said the level of commitment from finalists, specifically in local communities, is a positive indication of the strength of the financial services sector.
“The commitment from the finalists to local communities and the next generation of talent,” he said. “Is very encouraging and I would like to thank and congratulate the finalists for their efforts to make a positive difference not only customers and clients but to wider society as well.”
Rising Star Award
This year’s finalists for the Rising Star Award are Alex McCutcheon and Milly Dent. Both have been shortlisted due to their outstanding contribution to their organisations and to the industry at large.
McCutcheon is a business consultant at Sopra Steria with a passion for fostering digital talent and supporting young professionals in the financial services sector.
He has demonstrated “outstanding potential” and development through the early stages of his career, taking the mantle as one of the youngest members of the key accounts team at Sopra Steria.
Milly Dent, commercial manager at RBS is described as having gone “above and beyond” to ensure that colleagues and networks are primed for success. Dent supports young professionals and organises events for charity, volunteer days and training for graduates.
Dent has previously displayed her talent at the Chartered Banker: Young Banker of the Year Competition, in which she reached the semi-finals.
Sue Dawe, head of financial services at EY in Scotland, said: “This year’s finalists are incredible people and organisations that signify the quality of Scotland’s financial services industry. They demonstrate our industry’s ability to create high-value jobs, revolutionise operations through a relentless commitment to innovation and the adoption of new technologies while also nurturing the next generation of leaders.
“Those shortlisted represent our industry as a community inspired to make significant contributions to Scotland’s wider society. It is important that the passion of those working within financial services who strive do more for the greater good is celebrated and showcased as examples for others to follow.”