Financial services companies appear to have increased their appetite for risk compared to businesses in other sectors, a report has found. The Q3 2018 Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet, investigates the level of perceived supply chain risk faced by European companies with international supplier relationships.…

Lender, Aldermore, has appointed Jon Cooper as its new Head of Omnichannel within its retail mortgage business. Cooper will be responsible for driving sales through brokers and alternative channels as well as into the direct team. He will continue to build on the great work our intermediary and direct distribution teams have done to drive our…

Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with a turnover between £6.5 million and £10 million and a balance sheet up to £7.5 million will soon be able to have their banking and finance disputes reviewed and redressed through alternative dispute resolution arrangements, following the creation of a specialist ombudsman service with the expertise and powers…

The UK online alternative finance market volume grew by 35 per cent in 2017, to £6.2 billion (from £4.6 billion in 2016), as peer-to-peer business lending became an increasingly important part of overall financing of smaller British businesses, according to the 5th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). Peer-to-peer…

Small business lender Iwoca has announced that Seema Desai has been named Chief Operations Officer (COO). Desai joins a small but growing number of women at C-suite level in the fintech industry. Desai joined iwoca in January 2017 as Head of People, developing Iwoca’s talent and organisational capabilities. Prior to joining Iwoca, Desai led the…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) in September was at a similar level to the same month in 2017.  In Q3 2018, new business grew by 6% compared with the same quarter in the previous year. New finance for IT…

Almost half of those working in the financial services sector (47%) are convinced that robotisation will lead to far fewer jobs within the industry in the UK. In addition to the fact that robotisation will have a significant impact on employment, employees also expect that artificial intelligence (36%) and the arrival of big data (36%)…

Business lender iwoca, has announced an Open Banking partnership which Lloyds Bank. The company becomes the first ever business lender to connect with any of the UK’s nine largest banks under the Open Banking initiative, launched in January 2018. By securely linking their Lloyds Bank data, business owners can now provide iwoca up to five…

A new report by research specialist Gartner says that Digitalisation will make most heritage financial firms irrelevant by 2030. These firms will struggle for relevance as global digital platforms, fintech companies and other nontraditional players gain greater market share, using technology to change the economics and business models of the industry. Speaking at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 on…

Peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital has bolstered its team in the Midlands with the appointment of Luke Carter as a Senior Relationship Manager. Carter joins from RBS, where he spent 10 years within the Commercial Banking team, and most recently as a Senior Relationship Manager in the Midlands region. In this role, he managed a portfolio…

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