Supporting the sector

Manchester is now recognised as a fintech powerhouse. The alignment of Manchester’s two largest industries – financial services and tech and digital – has brought about a thriving sector that’s developing strength and expertise in sectors such as data analytics, payments, cyber-security, platforms, software.

As the trade body for Manchester’s tech and digital businesses, Manchester Digital is committed to supporting this important section of Manchester’s digital economy.

Due to the considerable number of Fintech businesses in the region – it’s vitally important that we capitalise on this by doing all that we can as the sector’s trade body to support this burgeoning subsector.

How we support the sector

We’ll be hosting our Senior Level Fintech Meetup –  a series of roundtable discussions that will help us map out the sector and understand its barriers.

Following the event, we’ll use this information to inform both our policy and lobbying work at the regional and national level as well as delivering some impactful tactical projects and initiatives.

What’s driving the sector?

There are, of course, other factors driving Manchester’s emergence as the fastest-growing fintech centre, such as:

  • A large and sophisticated customer base
  • Cost competitiveness compared to other regions
  • A strong collection of well-established FinTech specialists and innovative startups
  • The availability of business capital
  • Recognition as a world-leading financial centre
  • A reputation as a city of innovation within tech
  • Access to highly-skilled talent and research

The growing cluster of fintech businesses within the region, ranging from well-established firms to startups looking to disrupt the industry, is supported by the world-class research being conducted here in areas of specialism such as blockchain, volatility research, artificial intelligence and data engineering.

Manchester Digital’s services to fintech include:

  • Raising the profile of the work being done in our region
  • Showcasing the work emanating from the sector via events and speaking opportunities
  • Providing regular FinTech-focused networking opportunities 
  • Offering marketing and PR support
  • Making valuable introductions to investors, other business or universities

Get in touch

If you would like to be involved in our next fintech showcase event or discuss the benefits of coming into Manchester Digital membership, email