UK Organisations Need a New Mindset to Secure Software Development and Thrive in the Digital Economy
Jan23

UK Organisations Need a New Mindset to Secure Software Development and Thrive in the Digital Economy

Global Study Highlights Existing Organisational Culture as a Key Hurdle to Embed Security Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle CA Technologies has revealed the results of a global study of more than 1,200 IT leaders, including 466 across six countries in Europe, on the topic of secure software development. Conducted by IT industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics, the new report entitled, “Integrating Security into the DNA of...

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Retirement Advantage responds to Equity Release Council 2017 Lending Statistics
Jan23

Retirement Advantage responds to Equity Release Council 2017 Lending Statistics

Retirement Advantage has welcomed the announcement by the Equity Release Council that equity release lending passed £3bn for the first time in 2017, up 42% on 2016. Alice Watson, Head of Marketing at Retirement Advantage Equity Release, said: “Equity release is flourishing, driven by a recognition that property has a critical role to play in boosting retirement income. If growth continues at this rate, we have a real chance of seeing...

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Businesses to benefit from free API providing Access to Data on 53 Million Companies
Jan23

Businesses to benefit from free API providing Access to Data on 53 Million Companies

DueDil has today set another milestone with the launch of a self-serve API portal, with access to a free API trial key for businesses to develop and test applications that can help their business increase data accuracy and improve process efficiency. The free API keys provide businesses with access to live data on 53 million companies across the UK and Europe on the DueDil platform. Accessible datasets include company profile...

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Self-assessment Deadline – HMRC eyeing up exclusively Digital Future with Tax Payers
Jan23

Self-assessment Deadline – HMRC eyeing up exclusively Digital Future with Tax Payers

Nick Williams, Head of Business Development, UK Accountants, Intuit: “70 per cent of SMEs are already using cloud technology or are set to do so in the near future. Yet year after year – like clockwork – the self-assessment deadline is a stressor for the 11 million Brits due to file a tax return by 31st January. Much of this stress can be alleviated with online tools that automate this process for small businesses and self-employed...

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Hemant Mardia, Idex: Biometrics and Payments
Jan23

Hemant Mardia, Idex: Biometrics and Payments

Hemant Mardia from Idex speaks to us about biometrics fitting in with payments.

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Multi-Cloud and Emerging Application Services Fuels Digital Transformation for EMEA Organisations
Jan23

Multi-Cloud and Emerging Application Services Fuels Digital Transformation for EMEA Organisations

Fourth Annual State of Application Delivery report shows growing influence of multi-cloud architectures, as well as demand for automation and application-centric security approaches F5 Networks today revealed the results of its 2018 State of Application Delivery (SOAD) report1. Now in its fourth year, the only global report of its kind shows how the growing influence of multi-cloud deployments are helping EMEA organisations better...

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Andreia Teixeira, Millennium bcp: New Forms of Banking
Jan23

Andreia Teixeira, Millennium bcp: New Forms of Banking

Andreia Teixeira from Millennium bcp speaks to us about tackling the new banking ways.

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Building the World’s Most Inclusive Banking Service
Jan23

Building the World’s Most Inclusive Banking Service

At Monese, we believe everyone has the right to hold their money in a safe place and access it whenever they need to. As traditional banks, driven by credit and legacy processes, don’t let everyone open an account, Monese is rethinking how everyday banking works for today and the future. Leading by example We are defining a new category of banking — one created to be inclusive and affordable; one that removes the legacy barriers that...

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Time to embrace the Open Banking revolution…
Jan23

Time to embrace the Open Banking revolution…

Last week saw the introduction of the Open Banking system, a new regulatory regime that has the potential to transform UK banking. Since then a whole host of concerns have been raised, including by some of the incumbent banks, who fear increased competition from the challenger banks and more empowered customers. Open Banking ensures that banks allow third parties to access the data of customers who authorise it, which – in turn – will...

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Tech Mahindra and AT&T Bring AT&T FlexWareSM to More Businesses Around the World
Jan23

Tech Mahindra and AT&T Bring AT&T FlexWareSM to More Businesses Around the World

Tech Mahindra Will Also Use the Solution Internally in Addition to Making it Available to its Global Clientele In yet another step toward expanding its relationship with AT&T*, Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering, will now make available AT&T FlexWareSM to its global clients as well as use it internally. AT&T FlexWare is a transformative, global network...

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UKCSI highlights Banks & Financial Services on their way to improving Customer Service
Jan23

UKCSI highlights Banks & Financial Services on their way to improving Customer Service

Financial Services firms are making improvements but still behind retailers and travel providers on customer service, according to The Institute of Customer Service. Although banks featured in the top 10 places in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI), there is still a long way to go. This comes amidst the biggest shake up in the banking business model, with the UK’s four big high street banks closing a total of 948...

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Wojciech Rybak, Bank Millennium: Future
Jan23

Wojciech Rybak, Bank Millennium: Future

Wojciech Rybak from Bank Millennium speaks to us about the future of the branch.

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Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs Will Increase Spending on Cloud, Cybersecurity and Analytics in 2018
Jan23

Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs Will Increase Spending on Cloud, Cybersecurity and Analytics in 2018

Analysts to Discuss the Role of Data in Digital Government at Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, 19-21 March 2018 in London, UK Cloud solutions, cybersecurity and analytics are the top technologies targeted for new and additional spending by public sector CIOs in 2018, while data centre infrastructure is the most commonly targeted for cost savings, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. Sixteen per cent of government CIOs said...

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Research Reveals Finance Professionals Value the Data held in organisations as being worth 35% of Revenue
Jan23

Research Reveals Finance Professionals Value the Data held in organisations as being worth 35% of Revenue

However, 29% of finance departments aren’t proactive and rely entirely on the IT department when it comes to their data security Research results released today by BlackLine reveal that accountants working at large UK organisations recognise the value of data as being, on average, worth 31% of revenue or, in real terms, £15.5 million for large UK companies. The survey was conducted with CFOs, Finance Directors and accountants in the...

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Norris Koppel, Monese: Brexit
Jan23

Norris Koppel, Monese: Brexit

Norris Koppel from Monese speaks to us about the impact of Brexit.

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Saxo Bank bolsters Prime of Prime-offering
Jan23

Saxo Bank bolsters Prime of Prime-offering

Today, Saxo Bank announces a new capability in its FX Prime offering catering for institutional clients. Running on dedicated infrastructure through Saxo Bank’s DMA liquidity hubs in London and New York, full amount execution ensures a better trade experience and lower market impact for large orders in FX and precious metals.  Demand has been driven by growth in small to mid-sized institutional clients turning to Saxo for direct...

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Elixirr and Thomas Cook Money Sign Strategic Partnership to build the best holiday Money Solutions Provider
Jan23

Elixirr and Thomas Cook Money Sign Strategic Partnership to build the best holiday Money Solutions Provider

Elixirr and Thomas Cook Money announce that they have entered into a five-year strategic partnership. A dedicated team from Elixirr will work with Thomas Cook Money’s team with the ambition of helping customers plan, save, borrow and spend their holiday money, both at home and abroad. Elixirr will be investing throughout the five years in return for a profit share at the end of the partnership. Across its consulting and creative...

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FICO Partners with 4most Europe to Accelerate Banks’ Regulatory Compliance
Jan23

FICO Partners with 4most Europe to Accelerate Banks’ Regulatory Compliance

Analytics software firm FICO today announced a partnership with risk analytics consultants 4most Europe to help European financial institutions comply with banking regulations. 4most, a leading European firm in regulatory risk analytics and programme management, will deliver FICO® Decision Central™ software for analytic model governance to customers, and provide consulting. Under European regulations, it is increasingly important for...

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Ep. 172. News: Fintech Insider – The Pub Crawl
Jan23

Ep. 172. News: Fintech Insider – The Pub Crawl

David, Jason and Simon were joined by Chris Skinner and Monty Munford for this week’s news show from a pub in Bermondsey, complete with pints and pie – the full British pub experience. We’re now past “deadline day” so naturally our first batch of stories concerned Open Banking and what the banking landscape looks like so far in the wake of PSD2 becoming law on 13th January. The guys chat about the impact the media has had...

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Danske Bank UK selects HPD Software’s Lendscape Product Suite
Jan23

Danske Bank UK selects HPD Software’s Lendscape Product Suite

Danske Bank UK has replaced its legacy working capital technology with HPD’s LendScape product suite to help drive and support the growth of its Invoice Finance portfolio. Following on from its Danish counterpart, the UK operation has opted to implement HPD’s Aquarius and Gemini modules (part of LendScape) to enhance and support its international working capital customer offering. Since 2014, HPD’s technology has been helping...

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Bluzelle Secures Successful 2nd Round Of Funding From ICO To Build The Missing Piece Of The Decentralized Internet
Jan23

Bluzelle Secures Successful 2nd Round Of Funding From ICO To Build The Missing Piece Of The Decentralized Internet

Singapore-based company raises funds without FOMO tactics, to build its decentralized database that will solve blockchain data storage issues. Bluzelle has closed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) having raised $19.5m in order to develop its decentralized database technology and fill the missing piece in the decentralized internet. The sale was unlike ‘FOMO ICOs’ where buyers are given little time to get their orders in and ‘Fear Of...

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Dash Announces Partnership with Mercury Cash to Enhance Accessibility in US and South America
Jan23

Dash Announces Partnership with Mercury Cash to Enhance Accessibility in US and South America

Integration provides safe financial alternative for residents in economically challenged countries like Venezuela   Dash has been integrated into rising US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Mercury Cash, whose mission is to create a regulated bank for the new digital generation. The integration means Dash will join Ethereum as the two cryptocurrencies available to buy and sell  online via debit and credit card. Over 50% of Mercury Cash’s...

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Mark Ledwards, Algomi: The Future
Jan23

Mark Ledwards, Algomi: The Future

Mark Ledwards from Algomi discusses what’s upcoming for the company.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces Enhanced Virtual Payables for North America
Jan23

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces Enhanced Virtual Payables for North America

Providing Additional Flexibility and Control for Both Buyers and Suppliers Using API Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill) has launched an enhanced virtual card capability that uses application programming interface (API) to enable commercial purchasing clients to connect directly to the bank’s virtual card system. This streamlined and dynamic virtual card solution, known as BofA Merrill Virtual Payables, also leverages new...

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UK Islamic FinTech Panel Launched
Jan23

UK Islamic FinTech Panel Launched

An independent group of Islamic Finance and FinTech practitioners will this week convene the inaugural meeting of the UK Islamic FinTech panel. The panel aims to create momentum in the Islamic FinTech sector by building on London’s leading position as a global FinTech hub and as a recognised centre for Islamic Finance. The panel will be chaired by Harris Irfan, MD of Cordoba Capital, an Islamic Finance and Islamic FinTech advisory...

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Se;f-employed and Gig Workers cite HMRC Wrangling as Major Concern
Jan23

Se;f-employed and Gig Workers cite HMRC Wrangling as Major Concern

The last day of January and the self-assessment deadline is a key date in the calendar of the self-employed, yet new research from Fidelity International shows the nation’s freelancers, contractors and so-called ‘gig economy’ workers find it one of the most daunting days, if you’re working for yourself. Researching the self-employed, gig workers and employed across England, Scotland and Wales, Fidelity discovered that half (50%) of...

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London Based FinTech TradeCore Raises $3 million for its Platform and Tools for Financial Service Providers
Jan23

London Based FinTech TradeCore Raises $3 million for its Platform and Tools for Financial Service Providers

TradeCore is pleased to announce it has raised $3 million (£2.21 million) in funding led by South Central Ventures. The company has broken ground with its unique tools for brokers and financial service providers. TradeCore can be thought of as AWS for FinTech, since it provides its customers with all the components that historically would have taken them a significant amount of time to develop. As a result, customers can grow their...

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WeChat Pay to launch in Italy
Jan23

WeChat Pay to launch in Italy

Chinese consumers in Italy will be able to purchase both on line and in store through the app thanks to the partnership signed between the Italian company Digital Retex, Tencent Trusted Partner, and DOCOMO Digital. WeChat Pay, the mobile payment system implemented by the most popular Chinese app, will launch in Italy in the next weeks. This will be possible thanks to the agreement signed by the Italian company and Tencent Trusted...

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Cryptomathic first to undergo new eIDAS Certification for Remote Qualified Electronic Signatures
Jan22

Cryptomathic first to undergo new eIDAS Certification for Remote Qualified Electronic Signatures

Cryptomathic today announces that it is the first eSignature solution provider in Europe to receive a certification ticket for the new Common Criteria certification process for eIDAS compliant Qualified Signature Creation Devices (QSCDs). Under the terms of the eIDAS regulation, trust service providers must use certified QSCD products to offer remote Qualified Electronic Signatures across the EU. Until now, common standards to certify...

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Oval Money surpasses £500,000 Crowdfunding Target in 72 hours
Jan22

Oval Money surpasses £500,000 Crowdfunding Target in 72 hours

Oval Money exceeded its crowdfunding target of £500,000 on Thursday, 18 January, just 72 hours after the public launch on the evening of Monday, 15 January. The award-winning company has attracted more than 600 investors already and the round remains open to the public for a further seven days, before closing on Monday, 29 January. Oval Money’s latest fundraising campaign was conducted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. The £500,000...

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Ivar Wiersma, ING: How did your panel at SIBOS go this year?
Jan22

Ivar Wiersma, ING: How did your panel at SIBOS go this year?

Ivar Wiersma from ING speaks to us at SIBOS.

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The BTL Interbit Blockchain Platform to Drive Next Phase of Energy Trading Systems with Market Leading European Energy Firms
Jan22

The BTL Interbit Blockchain Platform to Drive Next Phase of Energy Trading Systems with Market Leading European Energy Firms

BTL GROUP LTD. is pleased to provide further information on the next phase of its previously announced European energy trading project, under which four oil and gas supermajors and five leading energy traders including Eni Trading & Shipping, Total, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited, Mercuria, Vattenfall,Petroineos and Freepoint, propose to participate in using BTL’s Interbit blockchain platform to deliver gas trading...

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Mahindra Comviva partners Sacom Mediaworks to enable robust Digital Engagements in MENA Region
Jan22

Mahindra Comviva partners Sacom Mediaworks to enable robust Digital Engagements in MENA Region

Mahindra Comviva today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Sacom Mediaworks, a leading content aggregator in Middle East & Africa. This tie-up with Sacom Mediaworks will provide Mooditt Digital Store, Comviva’s digital marketplace for content, with a broader range of digital Video-on-Demand content – short and long format. Sacom Mediaworks’ global content portfolio includes over 10,000 hours of video content...

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Ep. 171. Interview With Rishi Khosla, CEO of OakNorth
Jan22

Ep. 171. Interview With Rishi Khosla, CEO of OakNorth

OakNorth isn’t perhaps the most high profile Challenger bank in the UK, solving a real problem by serving the ‘missing middle’ who aren’t being served well by existing lenders. Their business began by exploring how they can actually solve this issue, rather than how they could become a great bank- Rishi citing this particular outlook as one of the reasons OakNorth has seen success. Looking at OakNorth’s...

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Ep. 170. Understanding Wealth: the Best Asset of Asset Managers
Jan22

Ep. 170. Understanding Wealth: the Best Asset of Asset Managers

We bring you the second part of our special wealth series, as we concentrate on asset management trends and how 2018 will impact the investments market. First, our panel discuss how evolving demands from varying types of customer in the asset management industry are challenging legacy ideas. How does millennial inheritance impact their thinking? And do longer life spans require asset managers to explore different avenues to meet...

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Ep. 169. FCA Crashes the BYOD Party
Jan22

Ep. 169. FCA Crashes the BYOD Party

First up on today’s news show, the FCA bans BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) across the the entire UK finance sector. Whilst regulation is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, cryptocurrencies managed to sneak their way onto the show once more as Kodak launched KODAKcoin, boosting stock prices an outrageous 44%. From one major announcement to another, tech giant Tencent gets a licence to sell mutual funds to WeChat’s 1...

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Ep. 168. Interview: Tom Blomfield – CEO, Monzo
Jan22

Ep. 168. Interview: Tom Blomfield – CEO, Monzo

From pre-paid card to fully fledged Current Account, Tom Blomfield details the journey of UK challenger bank Monzo with great enthusiasm and vibrance. Tom talks our host Simon Taylor through Monzo’s viral growth and how their marketing team has managed to grow the company 1000% in the last year alone, on a very limited budget. ‘I don’t think we’re a million miles away from the mainstream’ is a great quote...

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Ep. 167. Insights: A Wealth of Disruption – How Wealth Management is Changing
Jan22

Ep. 167. Insights: A Wealth of Disruption – How Wealth Management is Changing

In the first of our three-part series on investments, Simon Taylor is joined by special guests Joe Parkin, Gemma Godfrey, Phil Smith, Olivia Vinden & Gareth Johnson. We kicked things off by asking our panel what IS wealth management? How does it differ from asset management and what does the future of the industry look like? Our guests have a wealth of experience (pun intended) in this industry, and tried to dissect the role of...

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Louis Dreyfus Company, ING, Societe Generale and ABN Amro complete the first Agricultural Commodity Trade through Blockchain
Jan22

Louis Dreyfus Company, ING, Societe Generale and ABN Amro complete the first Agricultural Commodity Trade through Blockchain

The enhanced Easy Trading Connect (ETC) blockchain prototype reduces time spent on processing documents and data from hours to minutes, and allows for a larger trading scope  Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), Shandong Bohi Industry Co., Ltd (Bohi), ING, Societe Generale and ABN Amro have successfully completed the first full agricultural commodity transaction using a blockchain platform. For the first time ever in the agricultural...

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Fiserv Recognized as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE for Fifth Consecutive Year
Jan22

Fiserv Recognized as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE for Fifth Consecutive Year

Fiserv, Inc. has been named among the 2018 FORTUNE Magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies®.” This marks the fifth consecutive year Fiserv has earned this prestigious recognition and eight times in the last 10 years. Fiserv received high marks in innovation, and is category leading in use of corporate assets and long-term investment value. This recognition acknowledges the strength of the company’s business...

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Tribe Recruitment eyes further growth with Invoice Discounting from Siemens Financial Services
Jan22

Tribe Recruitment eyes further growth with Invoice Discounting from Siemens Financial Services

Tribe Recruitment has become the latest company to benefit from invoice finance delivered by Siemens Financial Services (SFS). The recruiter provides specialist, professional staff to organisations in the healthcare, fabrication, construction and industrial sectors from its head office in Darlington and satellite offices in key locations across the North East. Tribe Recruitment is enjoying year on year growth, and looked to Invoice...

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Government must learn lessons from Carillion’s alarming Pension Liabilities
Jan22

Government must learn lessons from Carillion’s alarming Pension Liabilities

The government and its agencies must learn lessons from the Carillion collapse – and quickly – to address the inherent weaknesses of many UK final salary pension schemes, affirms the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations. Nigel Green, the founder and CEO of deVere Group, is speaking out after Sky News reported on Friday afternoon that “Carillion’s pension deficit…was as high as...

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ATM shake up – comment from Fujitsu
Jan22

ATM shake up – comment from Fujitsu

“Although we are moving towards a cashless society, and its benefits are undeniable, ATMs still play an important role in the financial life of Brits across the country, and reduced access to these might have unpredictable consequences for a number of industries besides the financial services – such as retail and hospitality. “The problem highlighted by the report by Which? is that there are too many cash machines in places where they...

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Blockchain adoption: what lies ahead?
Jan19

Blockchain adoption: what lies ahead?

Blockchain’s potential to offer secure, transparent and accurate transactions – from helping with provenance of grocery products to preventing banking fraud – is making it a strategic force across many industries. However, for those that still may be mulling over adoption, now is the time to take the plunge. The next 12-18 months will be extremely important for companies looking to develop their blockchain strategies and it is vital...

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Which? warns of potential ATM closures – Xpress Money comments
Jan19

Which? warns of potential ATM closures – Xpress Money comments

Comment from Sudhesh Giriyan, COO of Xpress Money: “While consumers may be inconvenienced by Link’s decision to reduce the number of free ATMs across the UK, many organisations, such as banks, FinTechs, remittance services and technology platforms, have already begun deploying alternative ways to access and spend money, without a reliance on cash. Facebook’s recent move into peer-to-peer payments is a shining example that even...

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Bitcoin crashes nearly 20% as Investors flee into Gold
Jan19

Bitcoin crashes nearly 20% as Investors flee into Gold

Leading gold coin and bullion online retailer, coininvest.com claims the gold market has gone crazy this week as cryptocurrency crashes nearly 20 per cent. As of yesterday, 17th January, coininvest.com has seen a five-fold turnover of bitcoin related purchases compared to the usual order flow. This comes at a time when Bitcoin has seen more than 40 per cent off its price in a month, with the trend reflecting an emerging pattern of...

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Civica Digital extends Acas partnership with new Managed Services Contract
Jan19

Civica Digital extends Acas partnership with new Managed Services Contract

New two-and-a-half-year engagement to improve Acas’ digital footprint and help shape the organisation’s future delivery Civica Digital has embarked on a new major engagement with workplace experts, Acas, to support their long-term digital strategy and revamp service delivery. A long-standing customer, Acas, has now partnered with the business on a new managed services agreement to provide support for more than 20 applications and...

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Singapore: Leading Digital Marketing & Branding for Retail Financial Services Masterclass!
Jan19

Singapore: Leading Digital Marketing & Branding for Retail Financial Services Masterclass!

Equip Global’s Digital Marketing & Branding for Retail Financial Services Masterclass taking place from 24-26 April 2018 has been specially developed for marketing and communications, product development, digital marketing & branding, technology, IT innovation, and business unit heads of retail financial services providers including retail banks and insurance companies who are looking to develop and improve on their digital...

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Banking in 2018: Plus ça change
Jan19

Banking in 2018: Plus ça change

Alex Kwiatkowski, Senior Industry Consultant, Global Banking Practice, SAS UK Another year’s over, a new one’s just begun. And it’s time to answer that most crucial of questions: ‘What does 2018 hold in-store for EMEA banking?’. Unless I’m missing something obvious, all the signs point to the coming 12 months being characterised by the usual ‘evolution not revolution’, and anybody hankering for radical change between now and December...

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PSD2 comment: Is it going to create more issues than it answers?
Jan19

PSD2 comment: Is it going to create more issues than it answers?

On 13th January 2018, the new payment services directive (PSD2) came into effect across the European Union. Its aim: to further promote competition for European payments and making the sending and receiving of payments safer and cheaper. But with more than 18 months until the deadline to implement the associated regulatory technical standards (RTS), banks and other payment service providers are not immediately applying the necessary...

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