Tagged: uk finance

UK Finance Announces Work on UK Regulated Liability Network (RLN) Experimentation Phase

UK Finance has announced work on a new UK Regulated Liability Network (RLN) experimentation phase with eleven of its members. The UK RLN is envisaged as a common ‘platform “for innovation’ across multiple forms of money, including existing commercial bank deposits and a shared ledger… Read More

UK Finance Says SME Lending Improves in Q4 of 2023

UK Finance is reporting today that demand for SME financing improved in Q4 of 2023. Last year was difficult for all firms as markets, both public and private, sagged. This was due to rising interest rates paired with inflation as well as geopolitical challenges. However,… Read More

Chair of UK Finance Bob Wigley Joins Board of Enterprise Blockchain Firm R3

Bob Wigley, the Chairman of UK Finance, has joined the Board of Directors of R3. UK Finance is a group that advocates on behalf of the UK financial services industry, representing over 300 individual firms. The group aims to drive innovation and help to shape… Read More

UK Finance Announces Appointments of Thierry d’Argent from Societe Generale and Saif Malik from Standard Chartered

UK Finance has announced the appointment of Thierry d’Argent, CEO of Societe Generale UK; Saif Malik, CEO, UK, Standard Chartered; and Mickey Schiller, CEO of Leumi UK, to its Board, effective 8 February 2024. TS Anil, CEO, Monzo; and Kelly Devine, Divisional President UK &… Read More

UK Finance Report Examines Consumer Behavior, Spending Patterns, and Impact of Inflation

In the ever-changing landscape of economic uncertainties, the third quarter of 2023 brought both challenges and glimpses of recovery in household finances. UK Finance‘s Household Finance Review, published recently, delves into “the key trends and indicators that shaped consumer behavior during this period.” Q3 witnessed… Read More

UK Finance Comments on Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Account Access, Closure Report

UK Finance recently commented on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)’s account access and closure report. According to UK Finance: “Freedom of expression is vitally important and today’s report from the FCA makes clear that accounts are not being closed because of political beliefs or other… Read More

UK Finance Report Makes Recommendations to Accelerate Digital Transformation of Nation’s Capital Markets

UK Finance has released a report which sets out three key missions “to accelerate the digital transformation of the UK’s capital markets.” The report ‘Unlocking the power of securities tokenization’, produced in conjunction with Oliver Wyman, looks at “how securities tokenization (the digital representation of… Read More

Feedzai, UK Finance to Highlight Challenges for Banking Sector, Identify Potentially Fraudulent Activities

Feedzai, the firm focused on fighting financial crime with AI, has partnered with UK Finance, the trade association for the UK’s banking and financial services sector, to deliver its Annual Fraud Report. UK Finance has chosen Feedzai as the lead sponsor and contributor “for the… Read More

UK Finance Shares Future Strategy for Open Banking Payments Adoption: Report

UK Finance notes in an update that it brought the payments industry together to “consider the future opportunity for open banking payments and how the market could collaboratively shape that future.” There are now more than 2.5 million Open Banking payments every month compared to… Read More

Open Banking Challenge and Hackathon, Focused on Variable Recurring Payments, to Launch this Month

Major brands in the Open Banking space have unveiled a new challenge: The VRP Hackathon. It’s organized by Open Future World, Ozone and UK Finance and supported by Accenture, Mastercard, VOLT and Worldpay from FIS. Until now, Open Banking has mainly been focused on settling… Read More

UK Finance Confirms Appointment of Matt Hammerstein, Lucy-Marie Hagues, John Hourican, Max Roberts to its Finance Board

UK Finance has confirmed four new appointments to the UK Finance Board – which are all effective as of July 1, 2021. Matt Hammerstein, CEO of Barclays Bank UK; Lucy-Marie Hagues, CEO at Capital One UK; John Hourican, Chief Executive of NewDay Group; and Max… Read More

UK Finance, Which?, City of London Police Sign Letter Asking Government to Add Online Scams to “Online Safety” Bill

UK Finance (a trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector that represents around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services), Which? (an organization that reviews products and services, so that you “make the best purchase decisions” for your… Read More

UK Finance Publishes Open Banking Blueprint Including “Future Entity”

UK Finance has published a proposal for a “new service company” that will support the UK’s open banking infrastructure, according to a public statement. UK Finance is described as the collective voice for the banking and finance industry representing over 250 firms in the UK…. Read More

Banks Must Invest in Digital Transformation and Need to Think About Deployment of Fintechs and Value-Added Services, Industry Exec Says

Banking Circle, a financial infrastructure developer, notes that digitalization “dramatically accelerated” in order to address the challenges of 2020. Banking Circle writes in a blog post that having had to innovate (and fast) due to the socioeconomic challenges created by COVID-19, banking institutions are now… 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

As COVID Cases Increase, UK Government Extends COVID Lending Schemes

As of Thursday, November 5, in a somewhat controversial move, the UK government will shutter a good portion of the country as COVID-19 cases rise. In a release by the UK government, the new restrictions will remain in place until at least December 2nd. The… Read More

UK COVID-19 Support Programs Update: £47.9 billion to over 1.1 million businesses in Lending Schemes

The UK COVID-19 support programs continue to expand as the banking and finance industry has now approved £47.9 billion to over 1.1 million businesses via government-backed coronavirus lending schemes, HM Treasury reports today. Both traditional finance and Fintechs are supporting these programs. Specifically: Coronavirus Business… 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

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