SFE Member Update

EVENTS 

Our events programme has continued with a series of briefings with the Lord Mayor of London, including the signing of a partnership agreement to promote financial technology in both Edinburgh and London. In April, members heard from Prof David Bell of Stirling University, who presented an analysis of the current proposals to further devolve taxation. We were also pleased to support the Scottish launch of the Churches Mutual Credit Union in Scotland and provide members with the opportunity to find out more about their plans.

Thanks to all members who attended SFE's AGM on 7 May and in particular to PwC who hosted the event.

SFE EVENTS COMING UP

23/06        Brussels Reception

03/09        Aegon & SFE exclusive viewing of the Amazing World of MC Escher Exhibition, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

08/09        London Reception, Dover House

29/10        SFE Annual Dinner and Scottish Financial Services Awards Edinburgh, sponsored by EY

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for our annual dinner and London reception. If you are interested in either of these or in discussing any other sponsorship or joint-event ideas, please contact Dan Jones djones@sfe.org.uk.

NEWS

SFE Board Changes
At our recent AGM two board members stood down. We said goodbye to Ken Barclay of RBS after 6 years on the SFE Board and to Jim Coyle of Lloyds Banking Group after almost 4 years. Taking their places on the board from Lloyds and RBS respectively, will be Robin Bulloch and Louise Smith.

Roundtable of European Centres
SFE is one of the founding members of the Roundtable of European Financial Centres which aims to strengthen collaboration between centres and between these and the governing EU bodies. The last meeting took place in Rome earlier this month when both the EU Capital Markets Union and the place of savings in European countries were discussed. Details of the group can be found on their website (above) and @EUFinCentres.

SFE Chief Executive
Most of you will be aware that Owen Kelly is leaving  SFE later this year and we are currently seeking a new Chief Executive.  Anyone wishing more details about the post should contact Scott Black at submit@fwbparkbrown.com or Willie Finlayson at applications@fwbparkbrown.com

Avaloq
Congratulations to SFE members Avaloq on their recent announcement of an expansion to their Edinburgh R&D centre.  More details here.

New Apprenticeship in Financial Services
From August 2015, more than 20 pupils will enrol on the Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services, developed by a strategic partnership involving City of Glasgow College and Skills Development Scotland.  It is modelled on the existing Modern Apprenticeship in Financial Services and offers pupils in S5 and S6 the opportunity to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship, gain industry recognised qualifications and work experience, alongside Highers and Advanced Highers and hopefully kickstart their careers in Financial Services.

Any SFE member companies interested in supporting the programme or looking for more information should contact Maxine McClintock at maxine.mcclintock@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk or call Maxine on 0141 566 1512

SFE Policy Groups & Forums

HR Forum – next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th October at Shepherd & Wedderburn. Any SFE members who wish to join the HR forum should contact Dan Jones djones@sfe.org.uk

PA Forum – next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 September.  Any SFE members wishing to join the Public Affairs Forum should contact Elaine Ravenscroft eravenscroft@sfe.org.uk

Sector Policy Groups – our SPGs, each of which meets about 4 times a year, bring members together from the different sectors of our industry to discuss current issues. We have SPGs for asset servicing, asset management, professional services, pensions/insurance and a new private client investment management. Each group has a co-ordinator kindly seconded to SFE by one of our professional services members. If you would like to join any of these groups, please contact May Houston mhouston@sfe.org.uk for further details.

Website

SFE is always happy to promote events or news from members on its website so please contact us if you have anything you’d like us to include.

To keep up-to-date with SFE news and events go to www.sfe.org.uk or follow us on twitter @ScotFinEnt