Tech & Tonic: A Starling takes flight and what financial planners want for Xmas

More than a murmuration. Photo by  Hamish Duncan  on  Unsplash

More than a murmuration. Photo by Hamish Duncan on Unsplash

News story of the week: More than a murmur

The ‘murmurs’ were true, Starling’s chief platform officer Megan Caywood is off to Barclays! According to Steve O’Hear, Caywood will become managing director, head of Barclays Consumer Strategy next year.  The move underlines a growing feeling within the financial sector that challenger banks are now “a real danger to legacy financial institutions,” Ian Matthews wrote on Finextra.

Comment piece of the week: A Christmas wish for financial planners 

What’s in store for financial planners in 2019? Chloe Moran, senior paraplanner at 1825, has penned a wish list for the new year that includes recruitment drives for more women in the sector. Alongside the need for more females in financial planning, Moran also highlights that more needs to be done to recruit young blood in the sector. You can read the rest of Moran’s wishlist here. 

Number of the week: B-Social is V happy

London startup B-Social has been injected with a cool £3.2 million in a seed round from angel investors. The business, which launched an app and debit Mastercard earlier this year, allows users to split bills between social groups. Congrats to their growing team!

Quote of the week

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