Fife hosts Fintech Festival event


To mark the region’s thriving fintech community and economy, Fife is hosting what is becoming one of the most popular events in Fintech Scotland’s ‘Fintech Festival 2019’, on 17 September, 12 noon – 4pm, at Double Tree Hilton, North Queensferry. 

Building on last year’s full-house event, when Scotland’s first Fintech Skills Academy was launched, this year capacity has been more than doubled. 

Within Fintech globally the most active area of investment is payments – and Fife is the capital of payments in Scotland.

The event speakers are internationally recognised business leaders in the payments industry and will explain why acquiring digital skills has given them an exciting, challenging and satisfying career in an industry experiencing huge growth globally. 

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “I am very much looking forward to giving the opening address to this event that demonstrates the pivotal role that Fife is playing, and has played for many decades, in the payments industry.

“This event will enable experienced professionals to learn new skills and stay relevant to the industry’s rapid transformation. Also, if anyone wants to use their digital skills and a build a career in Fintech, this meeting is a great place to get started.””Fife is a great location for this event. Fife’s Fintech Skills Academy is already helping avoid a potential skills gap that could hold back the growth of local companies this sector.  It will also give people the qualifications and skills they need to work in this industry.”

Greg Watson, Chief Technology Officer, Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s Bank is a supermarket bank focussed on the needs of its customers and is embracing new technology and getting it on board fast in order to best serve the Sainsbury’s shopper. It’s also making sure it’s getting technology right for the next generation.

Simon Fairbairn, Director of Solution Development Western Europe, Ingenico. Simon leads a large team of payment professionals across Europe, including his expert staff based at Dalgety Bay. Simon will talk about Ingenico’s ongoing transformation.

Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer, Renovite Technologies Inc. Jim has more than 30 years’ experience in the global payments market. He has worked with Barclays, ING, CIBC, Bank Of America, ABN AMRO & Vocalink. Jim set up and ran Q-ATM Ltd, for seven years until it was acquired by Renovite, headquartered in Fremont, California. He was appointed COO of the business and operates from Fife.Cllr Craik recently visited the newly refurbished Ingenico premises in Dalgety Bay and spoke to apprentices taking part in the Digital Skills Academy. 

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