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Articles tagged with: financial services

FinTech Week: Disruptors Taking on the Financial Services Sector

Written by Luis Carranza on Tuesday, 18 March 2014.

The UK's financial services sector is at last beginning to enjoy the benefits of the long awaited economic recovery, with the industry reporting a growth in profits, turnover and optimism. While key players are breathing a much-needed sigh of relief, now is not the time for complacency as a new generation of lean start-ups continues to unroll a wave of complementary digital services.

Interview with Akin Fernandez: The Entrepreneur Who Brought Bitcoin to East London

Written by Jessica Hashemi on Wednesday, 26 February 2014. has been getting a lot of attention recently; and for a good reason. It is the first physical distributor of Bitcoin vouchers in Europe. The concept is simple. You purchase some bitcoin and receive a voucher which is instantly redeemable on your phone. No ifs, no buts, no long winded security checks; in a few minutes you could own your own stash of this phenomenoal crypto currency.

Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Currencies or a 'Vogue' Distraction?

Written by Jim McCall on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

Whether you're looking to book a holiday or buying a house, the internet has rapidly evolved to become the first port of call for consumers. From starting the initial search, through to making the final payment it has quickly replaced the middleman in most processes and in particular monetary transactions- so how do the banks respond to this? Is it too late? And what does the future hold for digital virtual currencies?

entrepreneurcountry hosts David & Goliath Dinner™ with the founders of Zopa, Nutmeg and Saxo Bank and the Head of Strategy for HSBC

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Friday, 14 February 2014.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming tonight and sharing your time and insight & observations. We managed to charge through a number of battlegrounds tonight.

Meet the crowdfunding queens: how equity crowdfunding is helping women ‘do it for themselves’

Written by Luke Lang on Wednesday, 05 February 2014.

The world of ‘traditional’ angel investing still involves stereotypes and barriers that female entrepreneurs can find off-putting or uncomfortable. According to the UK Business Angel Association, 95 per cent of angels are still male, for instance. Emma Watkinson, Hatty Fawcett and Fleur Emery all turned to equity crowdfunding to raise the finance they needed to start or grow their businesses, attracted by its accessibility for both investors and entrepreneurs.  

The Changing Landscape of Banking

Written by Alex Letts on Wednesday, 05 February 2014.

Since the 17th century, banks have successfully evolved a business model to customers with above average incomes.  But for those with average incomes or lower, it was never designed to be relevant.

Top Tips for Securing Funding via Crowdfunding

Written by Richard Watts on Monday, 03 February 2014.

Today, there are countless more ways to fund the growth of SMEs than there were 12 months ago. This is great news for UK enterprise, but what does ‘alternative finance’ actually mean? And if alternative methods of funding are right for your business, how do you go about securing them?

The Rise of Bitcoin

Written by Robert Roessler on Friday, 13 December 2013.

Back in March 2013, Bitcoin reached an all-time trading high of more than £21. At that time, this was seen as a major development for the alternative currency which was launched in 2009, largely unnoticed outside the crypto-currency world.

Anti-piracy Invention Raises Over £100k on Crowdcube

Written by Adam Baldwin on Friday, 18 October 2013.

Rail-mounted barrier stops pirates hi-jacking ships

Today Tom Hanks' film Captain Phillips releases in the UK, telling the true story of a merchant mariner taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. In the real world, owners of Marine & Auto Security Solutions (MASS) have gained similar accolades for their anti-piracy invention, which stops pirates boarding ships and ransoming (or killing) both crew and vessel. 

PayCorp Agrees Bright Office Payments Deal

Written by entrepreneurcountry on Wednesday, 16 October 2013.

Payments solutions business Pay Corporation, part of Boxhill Technologies PLC, has signed an agreement with CRM software business Bright Office, further extending its reach outside of the gaming and lottery sectors.

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