Film Credit: Ilian Teles Do Bonfim, Norwich Business School student

The event was held in Aviva’s magnificent Marble Hall on Surrey Street and was aimed at individuals working in the financial, insurance, legal and wider professional services and FinTech as well as HR, marketing and technology professionals and students.

Chaired by Aiden Watts of RBC Brewin Dolphin Limited and FIG Board member, attendees heard from a range of speakers and organisations that have been instrumental in building and continuing to support Norwich’s reputation as a recognised Financial and Professional Services Cluster.

Ben Luckett, Chief Innovation Officer at Aviva was the opening speaker and from the archives, provided a potted history of Aviva in Norwich, a legacy that has built much of what we see around us and continues to look to the future of Fintech/Insurtech in the area.

Nigel Cushion took us back in time to “Norwich – the City that Financial Services built”, and the early days of Norwich Union and Thomas Bignold, the Gurney family, Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney) and more recent success of Fintech in Norwich in the earliest days of the sector.

Professor Naresh Pandit from Norwich Business School at UEA gave us the hard data to show that Norwich punches well above its weight in Financial and related Professional Services regionally and nationally, an industry which mustn’t be shy in its achievements and brings great employment opportunities to our City.

Lisa Perkins of TechEast announced the launch of the Fintech Report for Norwich and Norfolk, part of a project funded by Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Investment Framework Fund, highlighting some great businesses working today in this fast growing industry and what we need to do, collectively, to help foster its future success.

On the theme of “Why Norfolk, why now and why the future”, Hannah Smith, MD of Anglia Capital Group and how it can be an immensely rewarding and supportive place to start a business with the support and guidance of others, both in terms of investment and advice.  Charlie Wright, of Epos Now continued the ‘Why Norfolk’ theme with an insight into how the company has grown to the success it is today and why Norwich is their home.