Word on the Streets: International Women's Day

As part of International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, we wanted to show our appreciation for the incredibly talented women with whom we have the honour of working. IWD is a great opportunity to not only reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look ahead to what still needs to be done. Change is underway. Enlightened leaders are embedding equity, diversity and inclusion into their commercial and talent strategies, not simply their DE&I activities. Male allies matter and corporate culture makes the world of difference to attract and retain employees, but we still have a way to go. 

In this special edition of Word on the Streets, we are showcasing a selection of our many female clients who are taking action to #BreakTheBias. We salute you, and all the men who support you.

Transforming client document processes at enterprise scale 

Banks have spent billions on digital transformations, yet client documentation processes are still highly manual and costly. Shelby Austin, Arteria AI’s CEO,  looks at why many digitisation processes are missing the point and why a bank’s documents that are born digital must stay digital.

A new chapter for European execution analysis?

Given the evolution of the market, we have to evaluate if TCA - in its current form - is still sufficient for execution monitoring.  A few months ago Masami Johnstone, Senior Client Advisor at BMLL, looked at the “TCA vs Execution Analysis” debate and why “Execution Analysis is here to stay.”

Leading the debate about regulating the UK's digital asset industry 

Growing crypto adoption is driving market maturation, igniting debate between policymakers and crypto industry players. Teana Baker-Taylor, formerly at and Binance, recently joined CryptoUK as a non-executive director, supporting their governance and engagement strategy with regulators and legislators.

Staying ahead of cybersecurity threats

Information security is deeply rooted in every aspect of how SkySparc works with its clients and handles their data. Rebecca Ericsson Birck, CFO at SkySpark, discusses her decision to benchmark against the highest industry standard – ISO 27001 – which is designed to verify the quality and effectiveness of information security management systems.

SuperTech West Midlands launches SuperTech Seeds pre-accelerator

SuperTech West Midlands is the UK’s only Tech supercluster, designed to showcase the talent, innovation and investment potential of the West Midlands. It is the first dedicated ProfTech collaboration of its kind in the UK and aims to amplify the voices of fintech, legaltech, proptech and insurtech. Hillary Smyth-Allen, Executive Lead at SuperTech, comments on securing £480,000 from the Government’s £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund. 

"Your Eye Only" - Privacy, security and control for business and individuals

Following their successful crowdfunding campaign last year, YEO is going from strength to strength as the only messaging application that guarantees delivery to the person rather than just the device. Sarah Norford Jones, Co-Founder and CMO, shares her excitement at YEO’s acceptance to the London & Partners International Business Programme, for London based scale-ups, supported by the Mayor of London.

On 01 April 2022, WeAreTechWomen will be hosting their seventh conference aimed at global female technologists who are seeking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their tech networks. To date the conference has helped to upskill over 5,000 women working in technology and has been supported and sponsored by over 50 FTSE firms, who are actively supporting the progression of their female talent pipeline.

The Innovate Finance Global Summit returns on the 4th & 5th April to welcome the brightest and best from the FinTech ecosystem to discuss and debate the crucial issues facing the sector and beyond. The conference will shine a spotlight on the global FinTech ecosystem, with an increased focus on the key areas that are enhancing, empowering and ensuring that FinTech and Financial Services are sustainable and inclusive to all.