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

This post was written by Tom Connell 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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Strategy Fundamentals

This post was written by lukefreeman on November 8, 2018

Over the coming Months, I’ll be publishing a series of blogs, modestly titled: “Strategy Fundamentals”. This is why. Strategy can be done dull I love strategy – for me, its real-life problem solving at its best, taking something complex and messy and making it simple, clear and compelling. Building collective understanding within an organisation and […]

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Leeds is ‘a prime location for FinTech innovators’, says new report

This post was written by Julian Wells on November 2, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: 2nd November 2018 A new report into the Leeds City Region FinTech ecosystem has highlighted significant growth potential for FinTech, driven by the established Financial Services sector’s increasing desire to engage with FinTech innovation. The report details the output of an extensive analysis by Whitecap Consulting, a regional strategy consultancy headquartered in Leeds, and […]

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Survey shows UK SMEs are interested in switching to digital banks

This post was written by Jake Fox on November 1, 2018

A new study by Unisys exploring the attitudes of UK-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) about their banking providers reveals that business owners have high-levels of satisfaction with their financial institutions but many still express significant frustration with the banking technology offered, which inhibits them from accessing the banking services they require. Unisys recently released new research […]

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How to ensure your new business plan or strategy is successfully delivered

This post was written by Lal Tawney on October 31, 2018

Every CEO or business leader will be responsible for a new organisational business plan or strategy at some point in their tenure. Many CEOs are actually recruited with a brief to develop a new strategy. The quality of this new plan or strategy, and the success of its implementation will be directly correlated with how […]

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Does Culture Really Eat Strategy for Breakfast?

This post was written by Lal Tawney on October 24, 2018

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a famous quote from legendary management guru and writer Peter Drucker. This clearly infers that culture is more important and more dominant than strategy. In our view and our experience at Whitecap, having a clear, strong strategy is fundamental for all organisations. However, having an appropriate culture is a […]

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