DIT / FCO International FinTech Mission February 2019

This post was written by Jake Fox on February 15, 2019

A delegation of 22 international FinTech scale-up firms from 9 different countries across Europe visited the Northern Powerhouse from 11-14th February, during which time they met with over 300 UK organisations to explore potential commercial opportunities in the UK market. The International FinTech Mission was led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Foreign […]

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European FinTechs head to the Northern Powerhouse to strengthen UK ties

This post was written by Tom Connell on February 11, 2019

A delegation of 25 established FinTech firms from across Europe is visiting the North of England from February 11th – 14th as part of an International FinTech Mission organised by the Department for International Trade and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, financed with Northern Powerhouse prosperity funding. Over 80 firms applied to take part, leading to […]

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Strategy Fundamentals – Where’s The Money?

This post was written by Luke Freeman on January 23, 2019

Whitecap’s Luke Freeman highlights a critical question that can help inform the development of an organisation’s commercial strategy. The commercial environment can sometimes seem bewilderingly complex. There are so many dimensions, variables, timeframes and indicators to consider. There’s also a wealth of data out there being offered up for our consumption – some of it […]

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Will quantum technology revolutionise businesses?

This post was written by Stuart Harrison on January 16, 2019

Technology is at the heart of the strategic thinking of nearly all organisations today and quantum is undoubtedly starting to have a significant impact on developing new business models as well as digital security. Stuart Harrison, who heads Whitecap’s Bristol office, is a technology specialist and shares his perspective on quantum computing in our latest […]

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Whitecap shortlisted for prestigious Professional Services award

This post was written by Tom Connell on January 14, 2019

Whitecap is proud to have been shortlisted for a prestigious Yorkshire Business Masters Award. The shortlist for the ninth Yorkshire Business Masters Awards has been revealed with Whitecap featuring in the Professional Services category along with Squire Patton Boggs, Mazars LLP, Grant Thornton and Clarion. “It’s a privilege to be recognised for this award and to […]

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What have strategy and vision statements got to do with New York?

This post was written by Lal Tawney on December 14, 2018

“If you don’t know where your New York is, how will you know when you’ve got there?” This was a quote from my line director when I was working for a bank. He was talking to a number of senior managers about setting the business vision – the destination, and specifically being able to clearly […]

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Why national and regional innovation ecosystems need to think strategically to succeed

This post was written by Stefan Haase on December 6, 2018

There are many economic uncertainties in the world today, but one thing that all countries, regions and cities would agree unanimously on is that there is a major opportunity to harness digital innovation to create economic value. As a regional strategy consultancy, it will come as no surprise that regional ecosystems are an area we […]

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Strategy and Open Banking – no sign of Glassholes

This post was written by Jake Fox on November 29, 2018

This week has seen the inaugural Open Banking Expo conference in London. The event was attended by a mixture of major banking brands, FinTechs and policymakers, with 40 high profile industry speakers. There is no doubt that Open Banking is a strategic issue for the established banking community, which has led us to reflect on […]

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Strategy in a digital world: 3 key questions for established organisations

This post was written by Julian Wells on November 19, 2018

I recently delivered a keynote presentation on innovation at a conference hosted by the Building Societies Association, which led me to reflect on the strategic thinking that underpins an established organisation’s move towards becoming ‘digital’. The conference was titled ‘The Digital Mutual’, and as the opening speaker, one of my roles was to set the […]

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20 FinTechs from 9 countries spend 3 days in the Northern Powerhouse

This post was written by Jake Fox on November 9, 2018

A summary of the DIT & FCO FinTech Mission to Northern Powerhouse, which took place 5-7th November 2018. From 5th – 7th November 2018, DIT & FCO hosted an international FinTech mission which saw 20 innovative FinTech firms from across Europe visit Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. The mission was delivered by Whitecap Consulting, and was supported by HM Treasury FinTech Envoy […]

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