27th Apr, 2018

FinTech North Does it Again: A Showcase for Northern Business and Talent

On Thursday 26th April, we attended the 3rd Annual Fintech North event held at aql in Leeds. Having attended and enjoyed all the previous years, we were again blown away by the growth of the event and the excellent calibre of speakers on the day. FinTech North, Founded by Whitecap Consulting and White Label Crowdfunding, has clearly set itself out as the premier FinTech Event in the North of England.

Spectacular aql Salem Chapel

Over the course of the day more than 300 delegates enjoyed a wide variety of presentations and speakers from AI and new innovations in compliance tech, to pitches from new and innovative companies such as Blukudu and InvestUp and even presentations from Anna Wallace of the FCA and Tom Riordan of Leeds City Council.

Amongst the delegates in attendance on the day were H.E Baiba Braže Ambassador Extraordinary from Latvia, Aaron Rosland, Councillor at the Canadian High Commission.

Henri Murison – Photograph by Limb Studios

Tom Riordan and Henri Murison of The Northern Powerhouse Partnership both addressed the audience separately both highlighted the depth of strength and talent that the region boasts within the Financial Services and Technology industries.

On the decline of the traditional financial services in favour new emerging and disruptive technologies, Henri believes that The North has the legacy infrastructure to become a leader. However, he stressed that the cities that make up the Northern Powerhouse, must work as a single team, a single region to continue to grow and to continue to challenge The City. With most of the ‘work’ in financial services already being done outside of London, in towns and cities such as Bradford, Halifax, Leeds and Manchester, cooperation will be crucial in ensuring that the industrial revolution that new tech is bringing about does not have a hugely detrimental impact on these areas.

With many of the speakers talking about the future of Fintech and their experience of building businesses in the region, Oliver Gadja of the European Crowdfunding Network addressed the audience and provided a thought provoking message on the future of UK Fintech post Brexit and stressing the need for the region to also think how it will present itself as being open to foreign markets and collaboration. He left the audience with a warning that if the region fails to present itself as being open to international, particularly European collaboration by saying ‘if you don’t live here, or have a reason to come here, then all you may know of Leeds is Leeds United Hooligans’.

In previous years, after enjoying a jam packed Fintech North conference, we’ve had to wait whole year until the next event, however this year that is not so, with FinTech North also hosting two other events this year in Manchester (22nd May) at the University of Manchester and Liverpool (12 June), as part of the Liverpool International Festival of Business. If you are interested in attending, you can book your tickets via Eventbrite. Members of our team will be attending both of these events so feel free to seek them out for a chat.

FinTech North The Story So Far

18th Apr, 2018

Your Data and Rebuildingsociety.com

There’s been a lot in the news recently about data, data breaches, data changes and data security. At rebuildingsociety.com we take your data privacy seriously. Recently we’ve made some changes to our Privacy Policy and to parts of the site that collect your data. We hope that these changes will make it easier for you to access your data and control what communications you receive from us.

These changes are part of our general improvements to the site as well as part of the new General Data Protection Regulations that come into force towards the end of May.

In the coming weeks you may be prompted to update your contact information and / or asked to review the Privacy Policy and consider your notification settings, which you can amend via your Profile Settings. We hope that these changes will ensure that you only receive content from us that a) is relevant to you and your use of the site and b) you want to receive.

To help you understand why we collect data from you and how we use it please read below.

Why do we collect your data?

We use data to improve our products and services, send relevant notifications and offers to you and to also to meet some of our regulatory reporting obligations.

How do we collect your data?

Most of the data we collect is provided by you, primarily during the registration process. Additional data that we collect is gathered from your use of the site e.g. what loans you are part of and other transactional data related to your account and your use of our website.

Do we share your data?

We do not sell your data and only share data about you that is needed to complete transactions that you authorise on your account, or to fulfill our legal and regulatory obligations.

What rights do you have over your data?

You may ask us what data we hold about you, how we process your data, to correct or delete your personal data and you may opt out of messaging and certain data collection and use.

What data do we collect that can identify you?

To name a few, we collect your name, email address, phone number, IP address, registered address etc. To find out more, please read the Privacy Policy

What should you do now?

Update your notification settings via your Profile to ensure that you received news and information from us that you want and check to ensure that your contact details are correct and up to date.

If you have any questions or worries about how we collect, use or store your data at rebuildingsociety.com, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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