Bristol FinTech 2017 takes shape

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Philippa Hann of Clarke Willmott

Financial technology entrepreneurs and business owners have the opportunity to find the solutions to their business challenges at two Bristol FinTech events to be held in April and July.

Bristol FinTech 2017 follows the successful first ever event last year that saw financial technology businesses from start-ups to growth businesses gather together in Bristol, which is among the cities leading the FinTech revolution.

A five-way collaboration between Barclays, Clarke Willmott LLP, Deepbridge Capital, Hargreaves Lansdown and PwC ensures specialists and experts are on hand to help provide the answer to business challenges faced in the sector.

Philippa Hann of Clarke Willmott, who are hosting the event at their offices in Glass Wharf, Bristol, said: “Last year links were forged and discussions were held that demonstrated that a FinTech conversation is needed in Bristol and not just in London.

“This year the first event will be on April 27 and we are inviting questions from attendees that will form the basis of two workshop sessions where we’ll be getting the creative juices flowing and allowing businesses to work together on a specific business challenge. We hope that businesses will use the opportunity to engage the brains of our specialists and their fellow entrepreneurs on some real-life issues.”

Chris Worle of Hargreaves Lansdown, will give the keynote talk. Arguably, Hargreaves Lansdown were one of the first FinTech businesses and Chris Worle will be telling how the firm has grown through 35 years of customer centric technology enabled advice to become the UK’s number one “investment supermarket” for private investors.

Those attending will hear of the challenges the Bristol-based business faced as it grew to 1,000 employees servicing 876,000 clients. Topics for the second event on July 5 are to be decided nearer the date.