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力挺金融科技 英国政府追加1000万英镑研究投资

近日,英国政府准备再次向金融科技研究注资1000万英镑,着重探索比特币所代表的分布式账户技术。

在大英图书馆的一次演讲中,英国财政部经济秘书Harriett Baldwin高度赞扬了金融技术的优点,她不仅指出了支持金融科技公司的重要性,更强调了加大对该领域技术研发的投资的重要性。

区块链技术已经成为当下最热门的金融科技。为了在零售支付和售后服务等领域降低成本、提高效率,初创公司和大多数银行都在加大对该项技术的研发投入。

此次英国政府宣布增加1000万英镑进行对区块链技术的研究,正式为了更好地抓住机遇、迎接挑战。英国研究理事会、阿兰·图灵研究所以及数字弹射器(Digital Catapult)将共担重任。

Harriett Baldwin在演讲中也重申了财政大臣George Osborne在2014年提出的将英国建设成为世界金融科技中心的愿景。Harriett表示,这一行动将带动英国大约13.5万人的就业,英国GDP增加值中的200亿英镑也要归功于此。

Harriett Baldwin在最近一次采访中指出,为虚拟货币建立新的管理体制的努力已经开始奏效。比如已经有海外投资者开始关注英国金融科技市场,而且像Circle这样的有声望的公司也已经宣布在英国设立办事处。

另一家被英国所吸引的金融科技公司是Lend2Fund,这家为商业物产交易提供借款的澳大利亚公司已经决定将公司迁至伦敦。这家初创公司是上个月来伦敦访问的贸易代表团中10家澳大利亚金融科技公司的一员。现在这家公司决定迁至英国,因为这里有银行业初创公司所期盼的更加完善的管理体制和更多的支持。

Lend2Fund联合创始人Paul Missio在接受采访时表示:"澳大利亚无法像伦敦那样为有称霸全球雄心的金融科技公司提供强大的支持。英国意欲问鼎全球金融科技领域,但是我们并没有在澳大利亚看到这样的、与我们目标一致的'全球视野'。在伦敦,像我们这样的新兴金融科技公司可以享受到来自各个层次的巨大支持,比如政府、资本市场,还有许许多多希望为我们提供建议和指导的人们。

The UK government is pumping another £10 million into fintech research as it explores the opportunities presented by the distributed ledger technology behind bitcoin.

In a speech at the British Library extolling the virtues of fintech, Economic Secretary to the Treasury Harriett Baldwin emphasised the importance not just of backing firms in the sector, but investing in skills, research and development.

The blockchain has emerged as the hottest fintech niche, with startups and major banks all investing in the technology as they seek to cut costs and improve efficiency in areas such as retail payments and post-trade services.

The government has now committed an extra £10 million to investigate the blockchain, bringing together the Research Councils, Alan Turing Institute and Digital Catapult with industry, in order to address the research opportunities and challenges.

In her speech, Baldwin reiterated George Osborne's stated aim of making the UK the world's leading fintech centre, claiming that it employs some 135,000 people in the country and that "our GDP was £20 billion greater as a result of the sector’s activities," in 2014.

The minister (who recently talked to Finextra) says that efforts to set up a new regulatory regime for digital currencies are already bearing fruit, winning overseas investors and convincing firms such as Circle to set up shop in the UK.

Another fintech firm tempted to the country is Lend2Fund, an Australian marketplace lender for commercial property deals, which has decided to relocate to London.

The startup was one of 10 Oz fintech firms that visited London last month as part of a trade delegation. Now it has decided to make a move, citing a better regulatory regime and better support system for young firms looking to take on the banking industry.

Company co-founder Paul Missio, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Australia can't match the powerhouse of London for a fintech company that has global ambitions. The UK nurtures fintech for global scale but we aren't seeing a cohesive 'global' vision in Australia.

"In London, there is a greater support for emerging fintech start-ups like ours, on all levels, from government, capital markets, through to those simply wishing to provide advice and mentorship."


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