about fig

The Financial Industry Group (fig) is a partnership of leading firms, local government and higher education.

fig aims to develop a thriving cluster in Norwich that is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for insurance, financial and professional services. In doing so, fig creates value for people, firms and local communities.

Established in 2001, fig is the only financial services trade association in England outside London. fig comprises senior executives from leading companies, local government and senior UEA faculty. From UEA, fig employs the latest thinking and research findings for achieving sustainable cluster growth and organises a range of activities to promote the cluster.

fig strategy

fig has four strategic objectives:

Partnership

Partnership

Develop alliances with key influencers in local firms, education providers, trade associations and government.

People

People

Attract, develop and retain talent of the highest calibre. Support community well-being, diversity and cultural heritage. Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills across the cluster.

Profile

Profile

Promote the brand and goals of the cluster and expand the impact of its activities.

Prioritisation

Prioritisation

Focus on the cluster’s competitive advantages and core firms that underpin the growth of a broader ecosystem of firms in financial services, professional services and technology.

fig activities are underpinned by the following core values:

Collaboration

Collaboration

We value working together with those inside and outside the cluster to achieve shared goals,
and build a stronger sense of community.

Innovation

Innovation

We embrace technology, support experimentation, inspire creativity and learn from our outcomes.

Responsibility

Responsibility

We are committed to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Community

Community

We are a business community within a wider community. We aim to engage openly and constructively with government, other businesses, public-sector bodies and the public at large.

meet the board

The fig Board, chaired by Steve Davidson, Managing Director at Marsh in Norwich, comprises a team of professionals from Norfolk’s thriving financial services community and local authority partners who, together, are dedicated to developing a thriving financial cluster that is recognised as a centre of excellence in the UK.

To contact the fig Board, email us at info@fignorwich.org

Steve Davidson

Steve Davidson

Steve is the Head of Office for Marsh in Norwich and is a Managing Director in the firm. He has lived in Norwich since 1989 and is committed to the development of the financial sector in the local area. Steve currently chairs the FIG Board and has recently assumed the role of Chair of the Advisory Board at Norwich Business School, UEA.

Raphael Markellos

Raphael Markellos

Raphael is Professor of Finance & Director of Research at Norwich Business School, UEA. His academic interests are in financial modelling and he teaches the MBA module on Investment Appraisal and Valuation. His professional experience includes over 20 years of consulting and training for regulated industries, car leasing, corporate real estate and infrastructure.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

Andrew is a Head of Finance Shared Services for Aviva with more than 20 years of finance experience ranging from small to large organisations in the UK and overseas. As a former UEA student too, he is very passionate about helping grow the Norwich financial community.

Ellen Tilney

Ellen Tilney

Ellen is Economic Development Manager at Norwich City Council. Starting her career in at McCann Erickson and then in a variety of fast-growing SME businesses; Ellen moved to the local area in 1998 focusing on business support and managed workspace at Business Link and also as chief executive of a local enterprise agency before joining the city council. Ellen is also director of a small media business alongside her husband.

David Dukes

David Dukes

David has worked in economic development for 25 years, most recently heading up Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development team. He has always recognised the importance of the financial sector to Norwich and played a key role in setting FIG up in 2001.

Stephen Scowen

Stephen Scowen

Stephen is Economic Development Manager at Broadland District Council. Responsible for contributing to the delivery of an ambitious growth agenda, he works with a variety of public and private sector stakeholders to achieve this. Stephen has been involved with FIG since 2015 and provides secretariat support.

Alastair Drew

Alastair Drew

Alastair is the Finance Director at the Alan Boswell Group. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in Financial Services in Norwich since qualifying (previous to Alan Boswell Group with Norwich based bank Virgin Money).

Anna Douglas

Anna Douglas

Anna is relationship manager for business, financial and legal services at UEA. Her role is to promote collaboration and partnerships with external organisations to support growth and innovation. Anna's career spans a number of sectors including insurance, legal and voluntary services.

Hamish Melville

Hamish Melville

Hamish is Head of Economic Development at Broadland District Council and is responsible for a broad range of functions including operational and strategic economic development, business training, business engagement, tourism and a wide variety of culture, sport and leisure programmes.

Simon Lubbock

Simon Lubbock

Simon is a director of commercial banking at NatWest. More detail to follow . . .

latest from fig

News

Regional accountancy firm appointed Platinum Partner by top UK cloud-based accounting platform

Regional accountancy firm appointed Platinum Partner by top UK cloud-based accounting platform

September 17, 2018

A leading regional firm of chartered accountants has seen its leading position in cloud-based accounting confirmed with its appointment as a Platinum Partner by one of the UK’s leading cloud accounting platforms.

Lovewell Blake welcomes new apprentices and graduate trainees – as applications open for 2019 intake

Lovewell Blake welcomes new apprentices and graduate trainees – as applications open for 2019 intake

September 17, 2018

Leading regional accountants, business advisers and financial planners Lovewell Blake has welcomed a new intake of 18 apprentices and graduate trainees – and has started the recruitment process for its 2019 intake.

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Events

UEA & Barclays AI Frenzy – Accelerating business growth with sustainable AI

UEA & Barclays AI Frenzy – Accelerating business growth with sustainable AI

October 4, 2018

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

The University of East Anglia (UEA) and Barclays invite you to our latest event exploring the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the benefits it can bring to your business.

Building brilliance in business: Wellbeing in the workplace

Building brilliance in business: Wellbeing in the workplace

November 8, 2018

The Crown Room, OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

In our ninth masterclass for business owners and managers looking to enhance their skills we will turn our thoughts to wellbeing in the workplace.

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Job Vacancies

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Closing Date: 02/11/18

Lovewell Blake is currently looking for graduate trainee accountants to join our Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft offices.

Head of Sales – Financial Services

Closing Date: 30/09/18

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will be a key member of the Senior Management Team based in the Norwich head office.

AAT Trainee Norwich

Closing Date: 31/10/18

We are looking for an enthusiastic trainee to join our team in the Norwich office.

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