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 has four strategic objectives:
Develop alliances with key influencers in local firms, education providers, trade associations and government.
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.
Promote the brand and goals of the cluster and expand the impact of its activities.
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:
We value working together with those inside and outside the cluster to achieve shared goals,
and build a stronger sense of community.
We embrace technology, support experimentation, inspire creativity and learn from our outcomes.
We are committed to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a director of commercial banking at NatWest. More detail to follow . . .
latest from fig
New Catalyst for East Anglia Tech Investment
August 23, 2019
East Anglia’s most exciting tech companies will get the chance to pitch their ideas to some of the country’s leading business investors at a new showcase which aims to be a catalyst for growth in the region.
Staff from Local Accountancy Firm Complete 52 Mile Walk in 24 Hours for East Anglian Air Ambulance
August 19, 2019
Staff from Aston Shaw’s payroll team have completed a 52-mile walk from the source of the River Yare in Dereham, to the mouth in Gorleston. They did this all within 24 hours in varied and difficult weather conditions, including 29-degree heat, torrential rain and strong winds.
FIG Annual Conference 2019 Save the Date – 12 November
November 12, 2019
The Assembly House, Theatre Street Norwich
The Future of the Workplace: Responding to Changing Skills Demand in the Financial Services Sector
Heritage Will Writers Charity Golf Day 2019
September 3, 2019
Royal Norwich Golf Club
Join us for our third annual golf day on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at the Royal Norwich Golf Club. We will be fundraising for our chosen charity of the year Nelson’s Journey. Nelson's Journey is a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. They provide a range of support appropriate to the needs of each young person. Make sure you don't miss out.
Claims Advisors – Aviation, Marine & Financial & Professional Indemnity Sectors
Closing Date: 28/08/19
Would you like to build a challenging and rewarding career within Insurance? Are you hungry to learn, have a natural aptitude for dealing with people and able to demonstrate sound planning and organisational skills and impeccable attention to detail? If so, we want to hear from you.
Closing Date: 31/08/19
Face to Face Finance are truly independent financial advisers based near Norwich. We are seeking an established Financial Advisor to join our team on a self-employed basis. You’ll bring your own client bank to the company; we’ll provide dedicated admin support, including managing your diary!