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Metro Bank Tech Breakfast 2: Smart Bets in SME Banking

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Which technologies will transform business banking and power the next phase of SME growth in the future?

The number of technology companies entering the market to support SMEs has skyrocketed. From new lending solutions to new use cases for customer data, SMEs have access to an increasing number of technology options to help them grow.

But with limited cash to invest, what are the smart bets when it comes to picking business banking tech? How can banks avoid the trap of tapping into innovation for its own sake and ignoring the real needs of business customers? And is some of the ‘innovation’ out there really just old ideas being recycled in shiny new tech wrappers?

In the second in a series of Tech Breakfast events, Metro Bank brings together experts from the worlds of banking, technology and small business to discuss the smart fintech bets every SME should know about.

Join us for breakfast and networking followed by a panel discussion and Q+A.

If you have a question you'd like the panel to address, please submit using the contact button below.


TIMINGS

  • 08:30 - 09:00 - Breakfast (provided) and networking
  • 09:00 - 10:15 - Panel discussion and Q+A
  • 10:15 - 11:00 - Tea, Coffee and Neworking


THE PANEL

Paul Riseborough / Chief Commercial Officer, Metro Bank (Chair)

  • Paul joined Metro Bank in December 2011 and looks after the bank’s Product, Digital, and Communication teams along with Corporate Transactions. His role focuses on shaping the Bank’s commercial plan, ensuring the bank delivers products, services and user experiences that customers value.
  • Prior to joining Metro Bank, Paul held various roles at Lloyds Banking Group and HBOS plc, including Head of Strategy and Planning and Head of Channel Planning in the retail banking team and Business Manager to the Chairman.
  • He is the co-author of Naked Banking: The Truth about Banks and You, which lifts the lid on how traditional banks’ failing business models force them to take decisions against the interests of their customers.

Martyn Atkinson / Chief Information Officer, Metro Bank

  • Martyn joined the Bank in 2016 as Director of Digital and Change. He joined the Executive Team in 2017 and has accountability for IT strategy and architecture, IT development, support and operations, as well as the Bank’s change and transformation division.
  • He began his career at Accenture working within the Retail Sector, delivering large scale complex IT transformation programmes, before moving to Lloyds Banking Group as Programme Director. Martyn was then appointed Head of Business Change at Friends Life, before moving to Nationwide as Head of Transformation, where he oversaw the £150m change agenda for Mortgage, Savings and Product Originations portfolio.

Ian Cass / Managing Director, Forum of Private Business

  • Ian Cass originally joined the Forum of Private Business in 2013 and took the reins as Managing Director in 2015.
  • Ian previously worked for Diageo for 14 years before forming the Venture Team UK, specialising in new ventures within the UK drinks market. He founded Hunters Gin and has been a business angel and investor for a variety of small businesses.
  • The Forum is a small business membership organisation which was formed in 1977 and offers advice, support and protection to small UK companies. It now represents in excess of 30,000 small private and family firms.

Glen Foster / Director – Partner Sales, Xero

  • At Xero, Glen leads the sales organisation. Under his leadership, the team has grown from 4 to 65 people, growing the customer book to well over 300,000 customers.
  • As a veteran of the accounting software market, Glen has been working with accountants and small businesses for almost 15 years. He has previously worked at accountancy software companies such as MYOB and Wolters Kluwer.


Neil Mullane, Head of Sales UK, Funding Circle

  • At Funding Circle, Neil heads up the various sales channels. He joined Funding Circle two years ago and looks after a team working with SMEs, Commercial Finance Brokers and strategic partners, originating over £1.3BN for SMEs in 2017.

  • Neil started his career in the travel industry before moving into financial services, working in various leadership roles at Barclays covering Premier Banking, Business Banking and Corporate Banking. His most recent roles there included National Performance Director for Business Banking and Head of Corporate and Business Banking in London.


Carrie Osman, CEO & Founder, Cruxy & Company

  • Founded in 2013, Cruxy & Company advises ambitious founders and investors on how to deliver on their commercial strategy in the complex tech industry.
  • Carrie began her career at Mars Inc. on its fast track management programme. She rose up the ranks to run a £300M P&L across 12 brands.
  • A regular speaker at industry events, Carrie has featured in print and broadcast media, including The Guardian, The Times, Forbes BBC Business News and Sky News.
  • Carrie has been a contributor and workshop leader for the NESTA Open Banking Challenge and London Stock Exchange Elite Programme.
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