Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019


FNZ win the Impact and Investment Award 2019

FNZ took home the Impact and Investment Award in recognition of their impressive business growth and contribution Scotland’s standing as a world-leading financial services centre as well as their commitment to making a positive social impact.

FNZ employ more than 2000 people world-wide, partner with 60 financial institutions, is responsible for £400 billion assets under administration and achieved Unicorn status in April this year. More than 500 people are employed in Edinburgh with 29 different nationalities represented and via their newly launched graduate scheme will hire 100 people with a 50/50 gender split.

The firm played a significant role in the launch of ‘The Big Exchange’ – a social investment platform designed in partnership with The Big Issue and other industry stakeholders – by funding and building the platform. FNZ has also raised thousands of pounds for charities though the colleague donation matching scheme.



Skills Development Scotland and the City of Glasgow College win the Pioneer Award 2019

The innovative Fast Track work-readiness college course was co-designed and co-delivered with industry partners. The course supports un and under-employed people access entry level roles in Glasgow’s financial services sector and is now being replicated in the East of Scotland.

The judging panel praised the original and collaborative approach between education, industry and Skills Development Scotland to create this new route into the financial services industry. This pilot delivered a number of tangible benefits with a number of participants who successfully completed the course gaining interviews or work experience placements at FS firms. Analysis shows 90% of industry members involved were very/extremely satisfied with the relevance of the course to their organisation.




Mikaela Thompson, Technology Apprentice, Morgan Stanley wins Rising Star 2019

Mikaela has been identified by her employer as an outstanding apprentice with a drive to improve team performance and customer satisfaction. Her contribution has resulted in positive stakeholder feedback and an increase in employee engagement within the team. She has also successfully leveraged her academic studies to effectively communicate technical information to broad audiences.

Mikaela makes significant contributions to industry both inside and outside her firm. She helped launch the Technology Apprentice Program in the firm’s London office, pitching to Managing Directors, academics and students. She is also a member of the company’s Technology Philanthropy Committee and is a mentor for new apprentices. Outside of the firm she is actively involved in recruitment activities for her employer, presenting at school events to parents, teachers and prospective students. Mikaela also promotes STEM subjects and qualifications, including running a series of workshops at a Scottish STEM event with more than 700 female attendees aged 10-14.