Leeds City Region businesses driving financial innovation

City Hall and London and partners hosting London roundtable today, strengthening links between region and capital.

Local businesses are flying the flag for Leeds City Region in London today at a roundtable event hosted by Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise.

The roundtable coincides with the annual Sibos conference, an international financial services event and a key date in the Fintech calendar. 9,000 business leaders, decision makers and experts are gathering at Sibos this week to discuss and shape the future of the UK and global financial service sector.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has partnered with City Hall and London and Partners to bring together key players from the capitals fintech sector and Leeds City Region to strengthen links between the capital and the region. Businesses attending include Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Infinity Works and Dan Rajkumar, Founder of peer-to-peer lending platform rebuildingsociety.com and Director at Fintech North.

Roger Marsh, OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NPII said:
“I am delighted that today we are bringing together influential players from Leeds City Region’s thriving fintech sector with colleagues from City Hall and our capitals globally renowned fintech companies."

“Leeds City Region is second centre for banking in the UK and home to over 30 national and international banks which provides a very favourable ecosystem for fintechs to thrive. This coupled with a pipeline bursting with talent and supportive business environment, ensures that the region is an attractive place for global fintech companies to invest and thrive.”

Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise said:

“I’m really pleased to host this roundtable, which is one of the many ways we’re fostering stronger links between London and Leeds."“Leeds and the wider region are doing great work in driving financial innovation. I firmly believe we have a real opportunity to work more closely to help ensure the UK remains at the very forefront of the global financial sector.”

Dan Rajkumar, Founder of peer-to-peer lending platform rebuildingsociety.com and Director at Fintech North said:

“Following a recent visit from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, I am honoured to have been invited to this London event.”

“Wearing both my rebuildingsociety.com and Fintech North hats, I aim to contribute to the discussion on fintech links and opportunities between Leeds and London with a focus on payments and platforms. “

The roundtable event follows a visit from the Deputy Mayor of London for Business to Leeds earlier this year to foster commercial links between London and the UK’s major cities.