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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A discounted subscription offer for Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Magazine
March 18, 2019
We’re offering Financial Industry Group (fig) members the chance to subscribe to our industry-leading publication – Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Magazine.
MIGSOLV Helps To Protect Businesses Against Tomorrow’s Cyber Threats
March 18, 2019
Cloud, connectivity and data centre specialists MIGSOLV have partnered with leading cyber security providers Charterhouse Voice & Data to offer an innovative way to protect against current and future threats.
Making Tax Digital – Is Your Business Ready?
March 20, 2019
No. 8 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY
Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is just around the corner and we know that some may still be a little bewildered by what it all means. Therefore, following the success of our MTD for VAT seminars that took place in October and February, we are holding a final MTD event in Norwich to provide the opportunity to ask any questions you like of our MTD Adviser, Glenn Savill. Glenn will not only explain what you need to know about the changes but also demonstrate the simplicity of cloud-based accounting software, should you be thinking about making the switch. As ever, the event is completely FREE to attend and bacon rolls and refreshments will be available throughout the morning. All you need to do to reserve your place is e-mail email@example.com confirming that you'd like to attend. Places are limited to just 50 people per event so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment. We sincerely hope you can come along although if you can't make it but want to ensure you are up to date with all things MTD, please visit www.astonshaw.co.uk/mtd.
Fulfilling the promise of AI & disruptive technologies: UEA event with IBM
March 28, 2019
The Enterprise Centre, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
UEA invites you to attend the latest event in our AI series with the opportunity to hear from Andy Stanford-Clark - CTO at IBM UK, ‘Master Inventor,’ and UEA alumnus.
Accounts Assistant – Norwich
Closing Date: 31/03/19
An opportunity has arisen in our Norwich office for an experienced accounts assistant. We have a large number of clients for which the team prepares accounts and tax returns as well as providing tax and business advice, making the work very varied and interesting.
Bookkeeper in Norwich and Aylsham
Closing Date: 31/03/19
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced bookkeeper to assist our Norwich and Aylsham offices. As a bookkeeper you will work with a wide range of clients giving you exposure to a variety of industries.