Bristol Fintech-First Outside London

The first ever major event for financial technology entrepreneurs and business owners to be held in Bristol is taking shape with contributors coming from all over the country.

A five-way collaboration between Barclays, Clarke Willmott LLP, Deepbridge Capital, Hargreaves Lansdown and PwC, Bristol FinTech aims to bring together financial services and tech innovators – including entrepreneurs, new start-ups and growth businesses – with established experts in the field.

Bristol FinTech came about as a result of a frustration that too much of the discussion in relation to new financial technologies and financial businesses is taking place in London. The aim is to bring together and support financial services and tech innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups and growth businesses.

The five partners will bring their collective expertise to provide the FinTech business community with access to a broad range of practical experience and expertise that can help ensure business success- from raising funding to protecting intellectual property, managing finances and tax to successful marketing communications and more.

Practical lessons from the front line will be shared by successful FinTech individuals and organisations, with support and inspiration available across a wide range of areas including launching and growing your business, raising funds, protecting intellectual property, managing finances and tax, and marketing communications.

The event will be held at the offices of law firm Clarke Willmott LLP in the centre of Bristol on November 23 with speakers and workshop leaders drawn from across the FinTech and commercial spectrum.

Participants will be challenged by London-based business owner, author and TEDx speaker Pete Trainor of Nexus, to consider how they and their businesses can impact the world for good and bad, and key members of PwC and Barclay’s Fintech teams and client firms will share their successes as well as forecasts for the future.

Financial technology partner Ed Foulkes and intellectual property partner Susan Hall, both of Clarke Willmott, will address issues on their respective areas of expertise, along with financial specialist Ian Warwick, managing partner from Deepbridge Capital LLP.

Further speakers and contributors will be announced over the coming weeks to enhance an already packed programme which also includes Mark Polson, founder and Principal of The Lang Cat, based in Leith near Edinburgh sharing his professional advice on communications in financial and technology businesses, and Stuart Peck of Zero Degree Lab who will contribute practical insights relating to cyber security.

Philippa Hann, Partner at Clarke Willmott and one of the instigators of the event said: “The aim is to have up to 100 people in one place here in Bristol representing the cutting-edge of the FinTech revolution.

We will be looking to provide advice, support and a collaborative network for people involved in growing this exciting sector here in the West Country.”

Anyone wishing to attend the event can register an interest via the Bristol FinTech website www.bristolfintech.com .

Author: Dylan Jones

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