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Chancellor Rishi Sunak Charts Roadmap for Financial Services, Including Fintech, in Mansion House Speech

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has outlined his vision for financial services in the 2021 Mansion House speech. Charting the roadmap forward post-Brexit, the Chancellor noted the importance of financial services for the UK economy. Financial services currently employs around 2.3 million people… Read More

TechUK Responds to Competition and Market Authority’s Consultation on Open Banking

The UK has reached a key stage for the ongoing development of Open Data initiatives.  The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is now nearing the completion of creating Open Banking guidelines and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has finalized a consultation on the updated… Read More

UK Fintech Pollinate Says Financial Tech Firms Aren’t a Niche Market, as They Underpin Digital Financial Services

The United Kingdom has been touted as a world leader in Fintech, and it also has the “accolades” to back this position, according to a blog post by London-based Pollinate, a global software business that teams up with banks to assist them with deepening and… Read More

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Outlines Proposals to Boost the UK’s Fintech Prominence

As UK Fintech week kicks off today, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer addressed members of the industry outlining proposals designed to “enhance the UK’s competitive advantage in Fintech.”  This includes regulatory support and reforms to help Fintech firms grow. The Chancellor also commented on… Read More

Bank of England and HM Treasury Announce the Creation of Taskforce to Explore a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have jointly announced the creation of a task force to explore a central bank digital currency or CBDC. The CBDC will be a digital currency issued by the Bank of England for use by consumers as well as… Read More

HM Treasury Kicks Off Consultation on Cryptoassets and Stablecoins

At the end of last week, HM Treasury published a consultation on cryptoassets (digital assets) and stablecoins. An earlier consultation on cryptoasset promotions concluded on 26 October with results expected soon. The consultation is said to be the first stage in the government’s process concerning… Read More

UK Fintech Review Expected to be Released Next Month, Seeks to Boost Fintech Sector Post Brexit

In March of 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the UK budget. Included in the presentation was the announcement of a Fintech sector review – a study to be led by Ron Kalifa OBE, who was previously CEO Worldpay and current Chair… Read More

UK Chancellor Extends COVID Loan Schemes, Over 1.5 million UK Businesses Supported So Far

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March. The announcement was joined by confirmation that the furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021. The Chancellor said: “Our package of… Read More

UK’s Federation of Small Businesses Cautions that £1.5 Billion in Unclaimed COVID-19 Related Funding Might Go Back to Treasury if not Claimed Soon

Emergency COVID-19 funding or financial relief for companies in the UK will reportedly go back to the Treasury at the end of this month if it’s not claimed, the BBC reports. About four months after £12 billion in Coronavirus related funding was approved to help… Read More

New Lenders Added for CLBILS While 1.2 Businesses Supported by COVID Schemes, Future Fund Grows Too

Today the British Business Bank has announced that it has approved Allied Irish Bank, Investec Bank plc, and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Limited have been accredited under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). These three new CLBILS lenders will be able to provide… Read More

HM Treasury Issues Consultations on Promotions of Cryptoassets as Well as Broader Regulatory Framework

HM Treasury has issued two public consultations today. One is a review of the current requirement for an authorized firm to approve the financial promotion of an unauthorized firm that may not operate as a strong enough safeguard to ensure such financial promotions are compliant… Read More

COVID-19 Government Support Schemes Update: Over 1.1 Million Businesses Receive £46 Billion

This week’s update on COVID-19 support schemes indicates that over 1.1. million UK businesses have been approved to receive £46 billion. The numbers breakdown as follows: Approximately 1.05 million smaller firms have received a total of £31.7 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, an… Read More

UK Stamp Duty Cut by HM Treasury, CEO of Assetz Capital Stuart Law Comments on Move

In a speech today entitled “Plan for Jobs” by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, he announced the elimination of the Stamp Duty at a certain threshold in a move to improve the UK housing market. The Chancellor explained: “… to catalyse the housing… Read More

HM Treasury Update Shows Ongoing Rise of COVID-19 Support Schemes, Bounce Back Loans Top One Million, Future Fund at £380 Million

  HM Treasury has posted its weekly update on its COVID-19 business support schemes and as one would expect the numbers continue to push higher. HM Treasury reports that more than one million businesses have been approved to receive £45 billion in financing support. In… Read More

Nextfin Launches “Free Our Startups” Campaign to Protect UK Startups Using Private Equity; Pens Letter to HM Treasury Calling for Signifiant Short Term Changes to the EIS & SEIS

Nextfin, a UK-based investment aggregation platform, announced on Thursday it has launched its “Free Our Startups” campaign to help entrepreneurs and startups that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the “Free Our Starups” campaign, Nextfin also revealed it penned an open letter to… Read More

HM Treasury: Future Fund Extended to Certain Firms that Participated in Non UK Accelerator Programs, Funding Allowed to Surpass Initial £250 Million Amount

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has adjusted the Future Fund to enable businesses that contribute significantly to the UK economy but do not have their parent company based in the UK because they participated in a non-UK based accelerator program to qualify for the Fund…. Read More

HM Treasury: £40+ Billion Provided to Over 970K UK Businesses by COVID-19 Support Schemes

HM Treasury’s weekly update on the COVID-19 business support schemes indicates that lenders, both traditional banks and Fintechs, have provided a growing amount of financing to both smaller and larger firms impacted by the Coronavirus. The main government programs include; the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan… Read More

UK Businesses Supported by COVID-19 Schemes Top 830,000, £35 Billion in Lending

HM Treasury is out with its weekly update on COVID-19 lending schemes designed to support businesses impacted by the pandemic. According to the update, over 830,000 UK businesses have provided £34.9 billion through the three major government-backed lending programs. £3.6 billion has been granted to… Read More

HM Treasury Reports Over £31 Billion Approved in COVID-19 Business Support Schemes

HM Treasury has published an update on the various COVID-19 support schemes for UK businesses. Published today, UK lenders have now approved over £31.3 billion in loans for more than 745,000 businesses. The three programs include; The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Coronavirus Business… Read More

HM Treasury Appointed Fintech Envoy to N. Ireland, Andrew Jenkins, Predicts Financial Tech Sector to Create Many New Jobs

Andrew Jenkins, the HM Treasury appointed Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland, has argued that the financial technology industry could help create many new jobs in the next few years in Northern Ireland. While speaking to the Stormont Economy Committee on Fintech in N. Ireland, Jenkins… Read More

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