The West of England FinTech Eco-System - Technology Driven Innovation

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An opportunity to learn about the West of England FinTech Eco-system with guest FinTech innovators.

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We will explore the unique position that the West of England (WoE) FinTechs have established in the wider UK eco-system and the reasons why Bristol, Bath and the West of England is one of the UK’s Top FinTech clusters, detailed in the recent UK Government's FinTech Kalifa Report.


Bristol & West of England China Bureau


Innovate Finance

FinTech West

Department of International Trade

Business West

Invest Bristol & Bath

West of England Combined Authority




Global Tech Advocates

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Hewlett Rand


Richard Lowe, Director of Bristol & West of England China Bureau & Hewlett Rand

Stuart Harrison, Director, FinTech West

Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance

Charlie Richardson, Co-Founder, Lumio - Personal Money Manager

Tim Hegarty, Founder, Evershare - The Future of Giving

James Trenholme, Phronesis - Customer Validation


9.00am Introduction, Richard Lowe, Director of Business Initiatives Bristol & West of England China Bureau & Hewlett Rand

Webinar overview and housekeeping

9.05am UK FinTech Market, Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance

The size and strength of the UK FinTech scene

9.15am Why the West of England? Stuart Harrison, Director, FinTech West

What makes the WoE unique and why do FinTech businesses thrive here?

9.25am FinTech Innovators:

10.00am Q&A Panel

10.30am Close

About Bristol & West of England China Bureau

The Bristol & West of England China Bureau is a growing network of people with an interest in China, building connectivity between our two countries.

China is a huge and growing market and we are working to strengthen relationships and expand our connections with China especially southern China and Bristol’s Sister city Guangzhou.

We provide a platform for businesses and individuals in Bristol and the region to develop understanding and connect with like-minded organisations. Join us in activities that build friendships and strengthen our business, education and cultural ties. Our members influence and identify events, activities, engagement and services that will best increase investment opportunities and broader benefits that increase connectivity with China.

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