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Are challenger banks challenging enough?

This post was written by Julian Wells on August 18, 2017

It’s widely accepted that the banking sector is undergoing a period of sustained change, with digital innovation, open APIs, PSD2, open banking, and the continued drive for the holy grail of consumer centricity being some of the key drivers. It is almost universally agreed that the long-dominant big banks will struggle to embrace and adapt […]

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Meet the Directors – Luke Freeman

This post was written by Jake Fox on

What brought you into consulting? Focus and variety. Specifically, the opportunity to really focus on strategic problem solving, with less distraction from the ‘clutter’ that comes as part of corporate life, and the ability to work with a variety of unique clients and businesses who derive value from the rigour learned in those corporate environments. […]

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Meet the Directors – Lal Tawney

This post was written by Jake Fox on August 8, 2017

What brought you into Consulting? Personally, to make a difference to clients and to make a difference to their organisations – by using all of the skills and experience that I have developed and gained in my career to date. I have had a reasonably varied career and have learnt a lot of different things […]

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Meet the Directors – Stefan Haase

This post was written by Jake Fox on August 1, 2017

What brought you into consulting? Good question. The realisation that working for one company alone doesn’t really maximise your ability when it comes to strategic thinking. For example when you’re working in publicly listed organisations, they are slow to review strategies because they have to answer to external shareholders. They are very risk averse, and […]

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Meet the Directors – Julian Wells

This post was written by Jake Fox on July 26, 2017

What brought you into Consulting? I’ve worked in some big businesses in my career. When you work in a large organisation, you get a lot of valuable experience, but as you reach more senior roles you find yourself doing less of the things that got you there, and get increasingly caught up in meetings, governance and […]

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‘Always on’ strategy – a challenge for corporates and SMEs alike

This post was written by Julian Wells on July 21, 2017

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has recently published an interesting paper on the topic of ‘always on’ strategy, making the case for a more dynamic approach to strategic management than the traditional annual process. Supporting the principles of ‘always on’, we wanted to share some of our experiences with our clients and other businesses. In […]

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Meet the Directors – Richard Coates, Managing Director

This post was written by Jake Fox on July 19, 2017

What brought you into Consulting? I’ve worked for 25 years, working for a range of businesses, and I had always had it in my mind that at some point I would want to run my own business. I also knew that there would likely be an event that would trigger that. It so happened that […]

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2017 UK higher education sector – response to UCAS applications data

This post was written by Lal Tawney on July 17, 2017

2017 UK university applications down – £225m of lost revenue for the higher education sector. Last week, UCAS data for 2017 applications highlighted that the number of people applying to study on full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities has fallen by 4 per cent year-on-year. Overall, the number of people who applied to university courses by the […]

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Robo advice in the mortgage industry – what’s really happening?

This post was written by Julian Wells on June 21, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic in all industries but robo advice has been increasingly high profile in the mortgage market over recent months, not least due to some significant fundraising by several digital / robo advisers. If you were to judge by headlines alone, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the days of the […]

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FinTech North Review

This post was written by Jake Fox on May 15, 2017

On April 26th, the much-anticipated FinTech North event took place at aql in Leeds city centre. The day was an exceptional success, with interesting speeches and informative panel discussions punctuated with networking opportunities and refreshments. Participants spoke on various topics related to the FinTech industry, offering information and expert opinions. The doors opened at 8am, […]

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