Why are Grab, AirAsia, and other big names moving aggressively into FinTech?

Just last week, Grab announced its next move: a financial services venture. AirAsia similarly announced a new digital payments platform, BigPay.  Add that to Go-Pay, WeChat Pay, Sea Group’s AirPay, and we have a host of digital payment platforms from companies that didn’t originally start out in fintech. We asked two experts why this is the case.* Lawrence Cheok, senior research manager at IDC In the short term, it’s about customer acquisition and changing ... read more


London data analytics company Mosaic Smart Data wins inaugural InvestHK UK FinTech Awards 2018

London-based fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) data analytics company Mosaic Smart Data is the winner of the inaugural InvestHK UK Fintech Awards. It was announced on 20 March by InvestHK in conjunction with the UK Department for International Trade. The UK Fintech Awards 2018 follow the launch last September of the UK-Hong Kong Fintech Bridge (“the Bridge”) to foster closer collaboration at government, regulator and business level in the Fintech sector. ... read more


Barnardo’s Chooses CharityStore for EPoS Roll-Out

One of the UK’s leading charities steps into the future with cloud technology at its fingertips Fifty-one Barnardo’s stores across the UK are now using the most cutting-edge cloud technology in retail today, with a further roll out planned for the rest of their stores throughout the year. CharityStore, powered by Cybertill, supplies EPOS systems to more than a third of charity shops in the UK and Ireland, and has rolled ... read more


10 Top Ways to Boost Your Exit Value

  Value can be lost or won on an exit transaction.  Here's Ten Top Tips to ensure you maximise and boost your exit value. 1. Business performance during the exit process Selling a business typically takes around 6 months from the start to popping the champagne corks. During that period it is really important that the business performs according to plan. The number one reason that destroys value during a ... read more


ICON are proud to sponsor Bath RFC Colts Japan 2018 tour

  A winning tour for Rugby, the Bath RFC Colts and the Bath-Beppu Friendship Association, and a great warm up in advance of the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019. The Colts squad, made up of players from Bath RFC and Bath secondary schools, were undefeated on their ten-day tour playing against local teams: versus Beppu Barbarians, won 44-21 versus Oita Tomei High School, Beppu, won 50-5 versus John Paul College, ... read more


UK and Hong Kong trade agencies open FinTech awards programme

UK and Hong Kong trade agencies open FinTech awards programme ICON is delighted to support the latest initiative by HK Invest and the Department International Trade calling all UK FinTech firms to pitch for the chance to showcase their technology to business leaders in Hong Kong under an awards programme overseen by Invest Hong Kong and the UK’s Department for International Trade. The initiative follows the launch in September of ... read more


How FinTech is Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point

FinTech is changing the world of finance. In the US and Europe, we are at a tipping point, especially in consumer banking. The banks have clients and scale but the new FinTech entrants usually have the innovation edge, especially at the "client experience" interface. To remain competitive, banks need to get innovation before the FinTech companies get scale. In China, by contrast, we are past the tipping point: FinTech companies have ... read more


J.P. Morgan deploys Mosaic Smart Data for fixed income data analytics

Mosaic’s predictive analytics and AI technology is first graduate from bank’s ‘In-Residence’ FinTech programme Bank signs multi-year contract spanning entire fixed income trading business   Mosaic Smart Data’s real-time data analytics platform MSX® has been deployed by J.P. Morgan to optimise the productivity and profitability of its global fixed income sales and trading division. Mosaic Smart Data enables banks to harness the increasing volume of trade data they hold and ... read more