Tagged: uk

FCA Competition Director Chris Woolard Addresses Financial Crime & Virtual Currencies

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), delivered a speech today on the hot topic of cybersecurity, crime and financial services. Delivered at a “TechSprint” in London, Woolard said it was time to bring regulators and tech specialists… Read More

Assetz Capital Announces Its First Ever Rate Increase Across Access Accounts

UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform Assetz Capital announced last week its first ever rate rise across its access accounts. The online lender reported that the rate increase, which takes effect from 1st May 2018 until further notice, will take target interest rates for the Quick Access Account and… Read More

Flywire Announces Expansion of UK & European Operations

Flywire, a fintech firm that provides global payment and receivable solutions for education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises, announced on Tuesday a major expansion of its UK and European operations and team. Flywire reported it has moved into new space on Folgate Street in London’s Spitalfields District,… Read More

Digital Bank Tandem Adds Anti Fraud Feature

Challenger bank Tandem has added a new feature for its account aggregating app that allows users to confirm whether they are spending overseas or engaging in other potentially fraudulent activity. The “Fraud Conversation” is a new notification feature that sends a push notification when it… Read More

Seedcamp Closes Fund IV at £60M, Collaborates with Seedrs to Provide Access to Retail Investors

Seedcamp, the leading European seed investor, has announced the close of a £60 million fund that has the backing of over 100 Seedcamp founders, angels and mentors. The fund also includes contributions of £2 million via a collaboration with crowdfunding platform Seedrs. The Seedrs partnership… Read More

CEO Daniel Oliver Opines: Spanish Biotech Platform Capital Cell’s Crowdfunding Round & Blockchain Opportunities

Capital Cell recently launched a new self-funding fundraising round to create the first ICO marketplace for health via Blockchain. Seeking to raise €700,000, the Barcelona-based platform has already secured over €882,400 from more than 178 investors. The platform was pre-valued at €5,550,000. “We launched the funding round… Read More

Downing Announces £1.6 Billion Electric Vehicle Grid Partnership, Investment to be Offered on Downing Crowd Later in 2018

Downing LLP has announced a funding partnership with Pivot Power to help financing a network of rapid EV charing stations and grid-connected batteries. Described as a “world first,” Downing will provide a key investment in the initial stage of 2GW network charging stations across the UK…. Read More

Overfunding: Zero-Fee Investment App Freetrade Surpasses £500,000 Funding Target in 12 Minutes on Crowdcube

Freetrade, a next-generation investment app providing users with free stock trading has secured an additional £3.1 million in funding through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. The London-based startup, which was founded in 2016 by Adam Dodds who previously worked in finance at KPMG, and… Read More

UK Cryptotassets Taskforce Meets to Discuss Impact, Benefits & if New Regulation is Necessary for DLT in Financial Services

Today was the first meeting of the UK Cryptoassets Taskforce. The previously announced group involves the participation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Bank of England (BoE), HM Treasury and other Senior government officials. Some of the named participants include, Katharine Braddick, Director General of… Read More

ThinCats Funds £550,000 Management Buy-In for Scubair in Platform Buy & Build Deal

ThinCats announced on Monday it has completed a transaction for the Management Buy-In (MBI) of Scubair Ltd, a business involved in the design, installation, and service for all types of air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems. According to ThinCats, the Newbury-based company is a portfolio business… Read More

Sweet Investment Indeed: British Artisan Candy-Maker Spun Now Seeking £450,000 Through Crowdcube Funding Round

Spun, a British artisan candy-maker specializing in hand-crafted candy, is now seeking £450,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Launch in 2013, the company revealed that it has developed hundreds of designs and flavors of confectionery. Its product range is constantly “evolving, pushing the boundaries,… Read More

Report: Goldman Sachs to Enter Online Lending Industry in UK & Germany as Marcus Expands

Marcus, a fast emerging digital only challenger bank, is poised to enter the UK market and then cross the channel to set up operations in Germany. This is according to multiple reports as the erstwhile online lender leverages its successful US tech in other markets…. Read More

FCA Business Plan Seeks to Maximize Fintech Competition & Innovation

Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), addressed the regulator’s business plan for the coming year in a speech this week. Touching upon innovations in financial services, Bailey stated; “Fintech and Big Data are transforming financial services. We will seek to… Read More

Santander Plans to Launch New Stand-Alone UK Digital Bank for SMEs

Banking giant Santander is currently making preparation to launch a new stand-alone UK digital bank specifically for SMEs within the next few months. According to the Telegraph, The Spain-based bank is also considering bringing its digital lending service, Openbank to the UK as well. A spokesperson… Read More

BrewDog Appoints Coca Cola Veteran Jason Marshall as New Chief Financial Officer

Crowdfunded brewery BrewDog announced earlier this week it has appointed Jason Marshall as its new Chief Financial Officer as it continues its global expansion. According to BrewDog, Marshall brings more than 20 years of experience of beverage experience and was reportedly a key member of the financial… Read More

Monzo Announces Coin Jar Participants Have Saved More Than £1 Million With the Feature

Just a couple of months after launching Coin Jar, UK fintech Monzo announced that users have saved more than £1 million by using the feature. The feature allows users to create a “pot” and calling it “Coin Jar”, the user can save small amounts of money automatically,… Read More

Mintos: First UK Loan Originator Listed Today

Mintos, a European marketplace for  peer to peer loans, is a leader in Continental Europe with an estimated 39% market share. Today, Mintos has announced a significant next step by listing their first UK originator – thus expanding into the most robust P2P market in… Read More

Overfunding: Stashbee Surpasses £500,000 Funding Target Three Days After Seedrs Debut

Stashbee, a platform that connects individuals and businesses who have spare space with those who need it, successfully secured its initial £500,000 just three days after launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Founded in 2015, Stashbee reported that its platform automates the end-to-end booking… Read More

LendInvest’s Survey Reveals: Nearly Half of Aspiring Property Developers Say Economic Growth Will Have the Greatest Effect on House Prices in the Next Five Years

On Thursday, LendInvest published the results of a survey of its LendInvest Property Development Academy attendees, which revealed that aspiring property developers have stated economic growth will have the greatest effect on house prices in the next five years. According to LendInvest, when asked what will have the… Read More

Starling Bank Introduces Garmin Pay To Customers

On Thursday, Starling Bank announced it was adding Garmin Pay to its range of digital wallets. The new feature will allow Garmin users to make purchases at thousands of stores where contactless payments are accepted. The Garmin Pay is featured on three watches, which are:… Read More