NorthInvest Leeds and Yorkshire Fintech Summit – #LeedsFintech
How do we take the wider Leeds Region from being perfectly poised to position itself as the most significant finance innovation hub in the UK to fully occupying the turf?
This Fintech Summit will bring together all the significant leaders in the region to debate and form actions around the creation of a cohesive vision and strategy.
Leeds provides the perfect conditions for the rapid growth of a fintech ecosystem – sector expertise, bright computer science graduates, lower cost of living operation versus London and good value office space.
The first fintech wave saw the creation of SSP and Callcredit, two fintech businesses that were recently sold to private equity investors for hundreds of millions of pounds and Nostrum which became an award-winning banking software provider. Today 60 per cent of FX trades worldwide take place using a system built and delivered by BJSS. The Floow is revolutionising the insurance industry by providing motor insurers with detailed analytics on their customers, while White Label Crowdfunding strongly contributed to the emergence of a whole new industry. Worldpay opened up an office in Leeds and Contis Group, a Skipton based debit card payment provider, is currently growing at rates nearing 50 per cent per year and recent initiatives such as Dotforge are gaining traction.
So how do we collectively ensure that this momentum is maintained and accelerated? This Fintech Summit is being hosted by NorthInvest in partnership with Leeds City Council, KPMG, Northern Powerhouse and The Yorkshire Post and will create a mandate for the establishing a clear plan of action. So much more than a talking shop, although debate will be an important first step.
The morning will begin with inputs from the traditional banking sector, a successful Fintech disruptor and a vision of the Fintech future and then open up for a discussion around the design of a directional Fintech strategy for Leeds and Yorkshire.
This important event is taking place at KPMG Leeds at 8am on Tuesday 14th November and NorthInvest would like to extend an invitation for you to join.
They welcome any preliminary thoughts you may want to share ahead of the Summit.
08:00 Breakfast and Registration
08:30 Speakers Begin
09:45 Discussion: Leeds’ Fintech Strategy moving forwards
10:00 Event End
Mark Casci (The Yorkshire Post)
Alex Letts (U Account)
Henri Murison (Northern Powerhouse Partnership)
Tickets and more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northinvest-leeds-and-yorkshire-fintech-summit-leedsfintech-registration-38758995198