London's monetary know-how growth spurs speedy rise in use of fintech merchandise

  • London experiences fintech growth with funding in sector rocketing
  • Rich, younger Brits adopting monetary applied sciences at a speedy fee making UK a gorgeous marketplace for funding, says report by international accounting agency EY
  • Throughout commerce mission to Japan, Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP, says London and Tokyo to collaborate in quickly increasing monetary know-how sector as Japan prepares for 2020 Olympics
  • London-based cash switch service WorldRemit declares enlargement into Japan
  • UK considered one of most superior nations in world for cashless funds. Japan able to embrace cashless cost know-how, says new report by MasterCard

The capital’s booming monetary know-how sector is being pushed by document ranges of funding and the speedy adoption of fintech merchandise by younger and rich web customers, in response to new analysis compiled by London & Companions, The Mayor of London’s promotional firm, and EY.

Enterprise capital funding in London fintech has rocketed from £24m in the entire of 2010 to £312m within the first six months of this yr alone[1]. During the last 10 years London has attracted 1000 worldwide tech funding tasks – which isn’t solely greater than any metropolis, however greater than some other nation in Europe[2].

Whereas funding is growing, knowledge being made out there by international skilled providers agency EY, which is because of be launched in full subsequent yr, exhibits that rich younger Brits are adopting new fintech merchandise at a speedy fee. Within the final six months, 35 per cent of the UK’s on-line inhabitants has used at the very least one fintech product, and other people’s utilization will increase consistent with their revenue. The very best fee of fintech use is amongst these aged between 25 and 44 and incomes over £50,000.

Use of fintech merchandise is rising quickly – a further eight% of the UK’s on-line inhabitants is about to start out utilizing fintech merchandise over the subsequent 12 months, particularly on-line funds and funding merchandise – making the UK some of the superior and engaging fintech markets in Europe.

Additional evaluation by MasterCard exhibits the UK is likely one of the world’s main economies for cashless transactions, being pushed by monetary applied sciences resembling contactless card funds on the London Underground. Spending by British shoppers on their contactless playing cards has elevated greater than five-fold (560%) within the final 12 months[3]. 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who’s on a three-day commerce mission to Japan, the place he’s assembly with senior politicians, enterprise leaders and buyers to foster collaboration between London and Japan, stated: “Londoners are embracing monetary know-how as using contactless on the London Underground and cellular funds used all through the town exhibits. As our experience thrives on this space, I’m delighted corporations based mostly in London are taking their items to Japan and we at the moment are sharing that information and expertise with our Japanese counterparts to additional gasoline this innovation and progress.” 

Imran Gulamhuseinwala, EY’s head of fintech in EMEIA, feedback: “At roughly £20bn of revenues, the UK has a world main fintech footprint. Crucially we estimate that as a lot as 20 per cent is generated from the excessive progress “emergent” fintech phase together with on-line funds, on-line safety and market lending. Our evaluation discovered that the UK is a really engaging location for fintech startups and that worldwide fintech startups, based outdoors of the UK typically transfer right here to make use of the UK market as a platform for internationalisation. We expect there’s potential for the UK fintech business to generate a further £16bn of revenues by 2020.”

Throughout an occasion attended by the Mayor, on the British Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, WorldRemit, a London-based cash switch service, additionally introduced plans to make its cellular cost providers out there to the Japanese market later this yr. The occasion was held to show that Japanese companies are ideally positioned to collaborate with London’s rising monetary know-how sector within the run as much as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic, notably on the subject of embracing the newest in contactless cost strategies which were pioneered in London.

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO of WorldRemit, which raised £65 million in enterprise capital funding earlier this yr, stated: “There’s a super alternative in Japan for fintech to rework monetary providers for the higher.

“We’re providing Japan – which thus far has been ill-served by the remittance market – a cash switch app that makes sending cash overseas as straightforward as sending an on the spot message. As an early adopter of cellular know-how, Japan is now poised to be a pacesetter in cellular monetary providers.”

5 of London’s 14 tech start-ups with over £65m of complete funding are within the fintech sector and the town has been rising start-ups into international manufacturers, resembling Funding Circle and WorldRemit. London additionally has one of the crucial gifted work forces on the planet, with extra expert fintech staff than conventional giants corresponding to Silicon Valley[4], to help this speedy progress.

Eileen Burbidge MBE, Associate at Ardour Capital and know-how ambassador for London, added: “London is quickly turning into one of the thrilling cities on the planet for fintech. Collaboration between London and Tokyo, two tech powerhouses, will speed up engagement with monetary know-how forward of the 2020 Olympics, spurring a chance for progress in different sectors.”

Gordon Innes, CEO at London & Companions added: “London’s standing because the main international monetary centre and its world-class tech hub makes it a perfect vacation spot for worldwide fintech entrepreneurs and buyers. London leads the best way within the improvement of monetary applied sciences akin to cellular funds and digital currencies and is residence to a number of the world’s quickest rising fintech companies corresponding to TransferWise and WorldRemit. With a lot of main Japanese banks and know-how corporations already with a presence in London, Tokyo is a pure associate for London to share our fintech success and to collaborate on rising the sector in each nations forward of occasions such because the 2020 Olympics.”

There’s already a robust relationship between Japan and London, with Japanese banks, telecoms and pharmaceutical corporations already nicely established within the metropolis. The UK is the favorite place in Europe, and second solely to the USA, for Japanese corporations trying to make investments worldwide. Japanese outbound M & A to the UK has reached a document £eight billion thus far this yr a determine which has doubled during the last 5 years[5].

Since 2010 Japanese corporations have invested over £14 billion in over 630 worldwide tech corporations, which is by far the preferred business sector by variety of offers. Japanese corporations have invested £115million in 19 UK[6] tech start-ups within the final 5 years.

Rakuten, Japan’s largest web providers firm, has invested in quite a few European tech corporations, together with becoming a member of a £12m spherical of funding in London-based fintech firm, Foreign money Cloud.

Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO Rakuten, Inc, stated: “London’s standing as a number one international monetary middle is undisputed. Rakuten has already made a strategic funding in London fintech with Foreign money Cloud and we’re intently watching London as a supply of compelling funding alternatives, revolutionary know-how and nice individuals.” 

Funding in Japan-based fintech corporations has additionally elevated quickly by 106 per cent between 2013 and 2014[7] alone.  Whereas purchases on bank cards in Japan are anticipated to move £328 billion in 2020[8] because of elevated uptake from residents and in addition overseas guests preferring cashless cost options for the Tokyo Olympics.

MasterCard analysishas predicted that Japan, with its main monetary providers centre in Tokyo and growing help from the federal government for brand spanking new applied sciences, is among the Asian nations most able to embrace advances in cashless cost know-how[9].

Mark Barnett, President of MasterCard UK and Eire, commented: “The UK and Japan have nice similarities as developed economies with city areas of inhabitants density, however differ on the subject of the utilization of money and digital funds. Within the UK, MasterCard has partnered with the likes of Transport for London to convey cost innovation to the general public. Nevertheless, our evaluation means that the 2 nations aren’t so totally different in relation to readiness to evolve cost decisions, so there’s a large alternative to work collectively and improve digital funds in Japan, particularly forward of premier worldwide sporting occasions such because the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Rugby World Cup 2019.”


[1] London & Companions and CB Insights
[2] EY – Tech Sector Evaluation June 2015
[3] MasterCard August 2015
[4] South Mountain Economics 2014
[5] Dealogic evaluation Oct 2015
[6] Dealogic evaluation Oct 2015
[7] Accenture Fintech Report Oct 2015
[8] Accenture Fintech Report Oct 2015
[9] MasterCard Cashless Journey Oct 2015