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Fintech outside London – part 3

Is there fintech life outside London? Yes, there is. And it is vibrant!

Our tour of the UK fintech scene concludes in this third instalment of the report. We started from the south of the country, then travelled west and are now travelling through the northern England and Scotland.

Case study: Amsterdam Trade Bank – Amster-can

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A bank-wide replacement of its main business applications is ambitious enough but it is just the starting point for Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB), as it seeks to harness new technologies, adopt a new culture and digitise its business.

Local banking for global trading – an impossible goal?

Anders La Cour, Saxo Payments

Anders la Cour, CEO of ground-breaking payments utility Saxo Payments Banking Circle, which is underpinning the service propositions of a growing number of payments businesses, reports on the payment pain points currently faced by merchants who have ambitions to trade globally.

Interview: Daniel Schreiber, co-founder and CEO of Lemonade

Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade

Ask most people about their experience with insurance, grudge purchase par excellence, and they’ll say it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Enter Lemonade, the New York-based insurtech combining the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and an approach founded on behavioural economics and customer centricity to offer homeowners and renters protection with a difference.

Implications of triggering Article 50 on London’s banking sector

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Article 50, triggered just nine months after Brexit was officially announced, will give the UK exactly two years to strike a deal with the EU concerning its departure from the economic and trading bloc. What will be the impact of the referendum on the square mile? Will it cease to be the major financial hub this side of the Atlantic?

Analysis: commercial cards, clear lines and communication

Kyle Ferguson, Fraedom

There is no question that the commercial card sector is growing strongly. According to Research and Markets, the US commercial card market in particular is outstripping other B2B payment types. For banks and banking services providers, this presents a huge opportunity to grow revenues while improving customer experience – a vital component in customer retention and increased lifetime value.

Podcast: the holy grail of insurance? Making a success of social media

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The fintech industry is flying through the social media stratospheres at astonishing rates – we know. But how are particular sectors within it keeping up? Insurance – and its insurtech counterpart – is certainly moving ahead in leaps and bounds in some areas, but when it comes to social media, it looks like it is only just embarking on its journey now, a good five years behind banking.

Fintech and the role of government

Tod Burwell, BAFT

What support does the fintech industry, and the broader financial ecosystem actually want (or need) from government?

Analysis: branches – coffee is not for closers

Perhaps all we really want from our branch office is that quiet corner table with an opportunity to chat with friends...

The vanishing branch offices… Could more coffee save them? Richard Buckle, founder and CEO of Pyalla Technologies, muses.

Knowledge economy in financial services: from curator to conductor

Chris Truce, Saxo Bank

Once upon a time, not so long ago, companies tried to generate new business by sending marketing messages to prospective clients by post. Direct or “junk” mail – sending a leaflet or letter to anyone for whom the firm had a job title, street address or postcode – was pretty unsophisticated, often derided as a “scattergun” approach.

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