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Report Launch – Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience

Andrew Thompson, Friends Provident Foundation, and Scott Murphy, Futures Team at Hiscox UK
Andrew Thompson, Friends Provident Foundation, and Scott Murphy, Futures Team at Hiscox UK

Thursday 22nd September, 13:00 – 16:30, Leeds Town Hall (Sullivan Room)

A buffet lunch plus tea and coffee will be provided.

crowdfunding people and tree of notes

In an age of financial crisis and fiscal austerity, can money and finance be a force for good?

This event will launch the Bauman Institute’s report on the alternative finance movement in the UK.

Download the report here

Drawing upon interviews with senior figures in the UK’s fast-growing ‘alternative finance’ sector, we argue that alternative finance – such as crowdfunding, community shares, and peer-to-peer lending – has the potential to reclaim money as a social good and contribute to building a more democratic and resilient economy, particularly at local levels.

But questions remain over whether the alternative finance movement can continue to be ‘alternative’ to the mainstream finance industry – and what the implications of this might be for the sector and those exploring alternative funding streams in a context of fiscal austerity.


13:00 – 14:00 Buffet lunch with tea and coffee

14:00 – 14:30  Report presentation by Dr Mark Davis, Bauman Institute

14:30 – 14:45  Response by Anna Laycock, Finance Innovation Lab

14:45 – 15:30  Table discussion

15:30-15:45     Tea and coffee

15:45 – 16:15  Plenary: tables report to room and general discussion

16:15 – 16:30  Closing remarks


This event is FREE, but you will need to register to attend. Please book your place at


This research was funded by a grant from the Friends Provident Foundation





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Pushing boundaries: what’s new in alternative finance?

On Tuesday this week, NESTA and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance published “Pushing Boundaries”, their latest annual report on the state of alternative finance in the UK. Their earlier reports established this as the single most authoritative source of data on the sector in the UK (despite some competitors). What does the new report tell us? And what does this have to do with our work on alternative finance, resilience and democracy? Continue reading

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Driving FinTech in Manchester

Driving FinTech in Manchester

Wednesday 30th September, Barclays RISE Manchester

Innovate Finance is an industry-backed body aiming to promote the UK as the world centre of “FinTech” – the merger of technology and finance. Founded by companies new and old, from digital currency businesses to IBM and Mastercard, it has grown rapidly. Together with technologies body TechUK, last Wednesday they held an event in Manchester that included sessions covering local economic development, crowdfunding, and social investment – all relevant to our FITTER project. Continue reading

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Pathfinders: launching the Finance Innovation Lab

Pathfinders, ICAEW Great Hall, London, Friday 25th September 2015

Responsible, democratic and fair: how many of us think those words can be reasonably applied to the global financial system? Not many, I would guess. Yet finding a path from today’s crisis, to a financial system that lives up to that description, is the ambitious goal that the Finance Innovation Lab has set itself.

At least the Lab is no stranger to unlikely outcomes. It was born out of collaboration between the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW), and WWF – not the most obvious of bedfellows. After seven years of existence as a cross-institutional partnership, bringing people from finance and beyond together to try to stimulate change, the Lab has now set up as a standalone organisation. It celebrated this with a “Pathfinders” launch event at the ICAEW’s City headquarters last Friday. Continue reading

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