City wel­comes visit of twenty fin­tech firms

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

The spot­light on Leeds con­tin­ued this week as Chelsea Hardy, Nexus En­gage­ment Man­ager at the Uni­ver­sity of Leeds, in­set, wel­comed more than 20 fin­tech firms to the new £40m in­no­va­tion cen­tre.

As part of the Fin­Tech North In­ter­na­tional Trade Mis­sion, planned by the De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional Trade

(DIT) and For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO), 20 fin­tech scale-ups from the Baltic and Nordic re­gions, vis­ited three of the north’s ma­jor eco­nomic re­gions – Leeds, Manch­ester and Liver­pool.

Chelsea, who joined Nexus last month from JP Mor­gan’s fin­tech team, high­lighted the strengths of the Leeds City Re­gion, par­tic­u­larly in terms of sup­port­ing high growth start-up and scale-up com­pa­nies.

She said: “The trade mis­sion en­abled us to demon­strate the many ben­e­fits Leeds has to of­fer the fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, es­pe­cially to busi­nesses who are look­ing to lever­age re­search ex­per­tise to ac­cel­er­ate growth.

“With a strong fi­nan­cial ser­vices pres­ence, a boom­ing tech sec­tor, and world class re­search and de­vel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties at our uni­ver­si­ties, Leeds has a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity to drive fin­tech in­no­va­tion and growth.

“Hav­ing worked with nu­mer­ous fi­nan­cial start-ups on their jour­ney from idea to con­cep­tion, I truly be­lieve that emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies can trans­form the fu­ture of fi­nance.”

Based in a new £40m build­ing on the uni­ver­sity cam­pus, Nexus will fea­ture state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing of­fice and lab space, col­lab­o­ra­tion ar­eas, event and meet­ing space and a ded­i­cated team who will be re­spon­si­ble for fa­cil­i­tat­ing pro­duc­tive work­ing part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions.

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