An auspicious dinner threw Michael Kent and Ricky Knox together at business school more than a decade ago, laying the foundations of a business partnership that would see the pair create financial tech companies remittance firms Small World FS, Azimo and most recently challenger bank Tandem. *|MC:SUBJECT|*
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17th May 2016
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We have episode two of our new podcast series fresh off the press…or whatever the digital equivalent would be. Our guests are Michael Kent and Ricky Knox, long-time business partners and co-founders behind fitnech companies including Azimo and more recently, Tandem challenger bank. We talk to the pair about what makes the partnership work, what drives them and what’s next for financial services.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, we cover new contactless card data from the UK Cards Association and ATM/cash figures from LINK, the cash machine network. Not to leave out mobile, we look at the recent YouGov survey that found small businesses believe mobile sales are they key to future growth. Interestingly, the report also found that many SMEs are concerned about the lack of support being provided to improve mobile infrastructures such as better 4G coverage and more wifi locations.

We end the newsletter with a story about Brexit. A recent report found that not a single one of Britain’s tech unicorns actively backs Brexit, with the likes of TransferWise and Funding Circle being most vocal.

Enjoy!

Headline News
 

An auspicious dinner threw Michael Kent and Ricky Knox together at business school more than a decade ago, laying the foundations of a business partnership that would see the pair create financial tech companies remittance firms Small World FS, Azimo and most recently challenger bank Tandem.

“It’s time to drive through the front window of financial services” - Tandem Bank, Azimo co-founders
 
Insights in Focus
 

Not a single one of the 14 British tech unicorns, private companies with a valuation of more than $1 billion, supports Britain leaving the EU, according to a new report, with fintech companies such as TransferWise being most vocal about it.

Not a single one of Britain's fintech unicorns backs Brexit
 

The majority of small businesses surveyed expecting to see mobile sales growth in the next 12 months, according to a new study conducted by eBay UK.

Mobile payments are key to UK SME growth, says eBay
 

Whilst the payments industry likes nothing more than to go with the hype, it is always good to check in on the data and see how people are paying. Here we look at the latest data from two payment methods on polar ends of the payments spectrum: contactless and cash.

How we pay in the UK: contactless and cash
 

The crew of #NoCashTrip including Geronimo Emili, the founder of CashlessWay are going to be making their way across Europe next month relying solely on digital payments in a bid to see where the continent is heading in terms of digital payments.

A group of Italians is making a #NoCashTrip across Europe
 
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