FinTech West announces expansion

FinTech West has announced a new collaboration with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and Dorset LEP, supported by Barclays Eagle Labs Bournemouth, to provide more support to the extended FinTech community across the South Coast hot spot.

The Launch of FinTech West – South Coast event is scheduled to take place in Poole on 27th September.

The event, hosted by Barclays Eagle Labs at their popular new home, Foundry, will announce the collaboration between FinTech West, BCP Council and Dorset LEP, promising to share plans for future events and initiatives, as well as learnings and networking.

This will include an update following research into the South West FinTech Ecosystem, a project led by Whitecap Consulting, as to what the sector looks like by region, as well as those businesses already benefitting from the FinTech cluster.

Stuart Harrison, director of FinTech West, said: “Growth and inclusion sits at the heart of the FinTech West cluster and that can’t be achieved in isolation. We’re incredibly excited to be expanding our partnerships throughout the South Coast and West Country. We have several thousand people in our community including hundreds working for and involved with FinTech firms. Growth in the region as a whole has been nothing short of phenomenal.”

Claire Main, economic development officer for BCP Council, said, “We are delighted with our ongoing collaboration with FinTech West, the South Coast hub providing us with a clearer focus on regional activity and related needs to further boost the sector. The area is well known for financial services, which includes c350 businesses with a GVA of £1.3bn; and with 12,000+ employed in BCP’s creative digital sector alone, we have the perfect ingredients to further develop the FinTech ecosystem using existing talent and supply chains.”