Financial technology , is also known as fintech, has a relatively short history but has been developed maturely and rapidly nowadays. The fintech businesses attracted $111.8 billion worth of investment in 2018.
The UK is one of the biggest players in the fintech industry with 11% share in the global fintech market and contributes £6.6 billion to the UK economy. The UK fintech workforce is estimated to be more than 76000 and set to increase by 5% b 2030. The sectors covered by the UK Finctech Industry are:
Global Investors are very keen to invest in UK fintech companies because of their maturity, multi-market role and scalability. Apart from these reasons, the UK’s early adoption of opening banking rules and supporting from the banking sector help making UK fintech sector tempting. RBC has announced to disburse £775 million for cashpooling to small business banking sector including fintech to enhance competitiveness.
The above statistic shows that UK gained the most investment (both local and overseas), compares to China and the US which is worth at $16 billion (over £12 billion) in the first half 2018.
The success of the UK fintech sector can also be gauged through the IPO of one of the UK leading platforms.
The UK fintech sector does not only concentrate to London but has clusters across the country including Bristol, Leeds, Edinburg, Manchester, Belfast and Bournemouth. However, London remains the biggest fintech hub with over 64,000 financial and professional businesses based in London and provides immense potential for fintech companies to tap in the market. With a well-formed fintech system in London, it is inevitably to see expansion of London-based fintech to the globe in the near future.
Fintech is regarded as the 4th industrial revolution by the World Economic Forum and is far from the market saturation which providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to tap into a mature yet innovative market.
Fintech is no longer only taking care of business transaction but also everything in finances. As a rising sector, fintech demonstrates both advantages and risks in its growth. It is crucial to recognise all the possibilities to grow a better business and the risk and challenges. To grow a better fintech business, please consult with our professionals at +44(0) 203 637 6137.