Author Archives: Martin Baker

FinTech International Finance Management Service Breaks New Ground

Politicians seem to be doing their best to put up barriers to international trade, but the innovators in the FinTech sector are having none of it. He latest example of fearless buccaneering across national borders comes from a former member of the fast-expanding international challenger bank, Revolut. The newly launched Sync. looks like an interesting […]

Covid-19 And Home-Working Claim TechHub Victim

In the grand scheme of changes effected by the pandemic crisis, working from home is far more widely accepted than before. Put another way, Covid claims a victim in the FinTech resources space. Our friends at Finextra report: London’s TechHub has been forced into administration due to a revenue drain from startups feeling the pain […]

On-Trend: Another Direct Lender Forges Banking Link

Landbay is a FinTech lending platform with an exclusive focus on real-estate-related loans. Now it has a mystery backer, as it explores the institutional route to expansion. That type of link-up is very much on-trend in the direct lending sub-sector of Fintech. AltFi reports the tale, excerpted below, with the full story here. Buy-to-let mortgage […]

High-Street Bank Offers Dog Treats And Digital Enhancement

Metro Bank’s arrival on the UK scene ten years ago was a breath of fresh air. Branch-based, people-focused, and even dog-friendly (water bowls and treats in branches), Metro was… retro, and pleasingly so. Now, however, the Twenty-First Century has caught up with the bank, which is looking to enhance its digital offerings. Our friends at […]

FCA New Register Seeks To Limit Financial Harm

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has attracted a lot of criticism for its oversight (or alleged lack thereof) of financial marketing. The investors in the failed London Capital & Finance (LCF) are rightly incandescent with rage at the loss of so much of their money – and much of the investors’ ire has been directed […]

A Touch Of (AltFi) Frost: New Manchester FinTech

Mainstream finance has spent a long time coming in the direction of altfi. Now the traffic is definitely two-way. AltFi reports an innovation from a Manchester-based lawyer, who’s heading for the banking space: The founder of a Manchester-based law firm is gearing up for a rollout of a digital bank next year, after the law […]

FinTech Big Dogs Are Better Than Unicorns

We’re not sure whether the FinTech sector can be said to have big dogs. There are unicorns aplenty, with billion-dollar valuations formulated in the fertile imaginations of venture capitalists. Big dogs, however, are real businesses, operating in a real business environment. If there is a UK FinTech big dog, we’d say challenger bank Revolut was […]