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

5 high-tech startups chosen to join Bristol’s Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program

New businesses focusing on artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality to benefit from the new next-generation startup accelerator The first five tech startups to win the chance to be part of the Bristol-based Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program have been announced. The businesses, who were chosen from hundreds of applicants, specialise in various high-tech pursuits, ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning to virtual reality. “Oracle opens up new opportunities for ... read more

ICON Corporate Finance shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

ICON Corporate Finance appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. ICON features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the ... read more

What’s up with WhatsApp? Why messaging apps are critical to banks

Do you feel lost without a mobile device? Research suggests mobile users can't leave their phone alone for six minutes and check it up to 150 times a day. Banks need to adapt to this fundamental shift in customer behaviour. As customer change, organizations are heavily investing in deploying bots to service them. Capital One’s chatbot Eno, Royal Bank of Scotland’s chatbot Luvo have helped streamline operations. Other banks also ... read more

Hunting unicorns in the desert: The sudden rise of Arab startups – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. 

M&A:  Amazon.com Inc acquired Souq.com, a Dubai-based eCommerce platform, for $580M Funding: Careem Networks FZ, a regional Uber Technologies Inc rival, became the Middle East’s only Unicorn – a tech startup with the valuation over $1Bn drew backing from Daimler AG and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. In the rapidly evolving gig economy, there is a new way to car shop: spot one on the road that appeals, snap ... read more